Native Shrub for Dry Shade
Any ideas for a medium to large native shrub that will do well in total shade and fairly dry soil?
We just rebuilt our back deck and as it's smaller than the original, I have a new planting area available to me. Ordinarily, this would be good news, but the conditions I'm dealing with have me scratching my head as to what to plant here. The spot is about 10 ft by 10 ft and is up against the foundation (about 5 ft. of foundation is exposed here) and flanked on one side by the new deck. Because of the position of the house, this area would only receive late afternoon sun, but the deck blocks even that, so the spot is in total shade and is fairly dry.
My goal is to plant something here that will eventually cover most of the exposed foundation. It would be a bonus if it had wildlife value. I was thinking about a dogwood or a viburnum, but I've read conflicting info on how much shade the different varieties can take and still do well.
Any help you can offer would be appreciated.