What would YOU plant in this spot?
I am trying to come up with a concept for this little area next to the house. (don't worry, the cinder block will be removed, and it will be cleaned up). It's on the East side of the house, and only gets a little bit of sun in the morning. It's mostly shade.
The area is about 3.5 feet wide, and just a hair under 3ft front to back. At first I thought I was set on Astibles, but I am a little dissapointed with how short their bloom season is from what I've read. I then was at the garden center today, and was really liking the look of some of the Coral Bells....but I was overwhelmed by the number of varieties, and I want something that will have the longest lasting blooms. Some of the ones that really caught my attention were Hercules, Ruby Bells, and Bresingham. But then I was thinking that maybe this space needed a big center piece. The space already has some type of ferns growing in it. My wife loves them, but I think these particular straight green ferns are boring.
I was curious about maybe a medium sized Hosta of some kind (I want something interesting though, not boring green) in the center, and then putting a Japanese Painted Fern in each back or front corners....maybe something that will get a little tall in each back corner....then leaving the front for some type of shade loving annuals. It's not a very big space I know, so I know I have to plan carefully not to overcrowd.
I am not good at visualizing things so that's why I'm asking for suggestions. Thanks!