Challenging grow area! Shade! Heat!
New to the forum but been gardening for several years now. But ever since I started, there is one area against the front of my south facing brick townhouse that I have been unable to cultivate "successfully." This is frustrating, because I can achieve gardening success in all other areas of the yard except this one bed that faces the street!
When I moved in there was some sort of ground cover that had taken over, and I ripped it all out to instead grow useful/beautiful plants, but nothing I try seems to thrive. The area is hot, dry, and shady.
I considered growing heat loving/rugged plants like rosemary or lavender in this space, but there is a large maple that blocks out just about all overhead sunlight during the summer and fall, except the afternoon sun, which directly impacts the bricks for about 3 or 4 hours in the late afternoon evening. During this time the space heats up and scorches everything, and there doesn't seem to be enough sun to grow most varieties.
Last year I tried planting astilbe, thinking it would thrive in the shady location, but it slowly scorched to death. The year before, I planted bush green beans and had mild success/small harvest, but the beans would not fill the space.
This year I'm thinking about trying ornamental grasses or succulents, perhaps a fig tree? Lemon grass?! Comfrey?!?
Any suggestions for this tricky spot? Bonus points for useful/edible plants.
Thank you for reading.