Deep Shade Zone 3 help needed please
I am a lurker here at your shade forum, but am pretty regular in the northern forums. I have just about reached the end of my rope with my shade issues!
I have a small flower bed around the edge of my house. To the east are several 30ft pines and 2 deciduouis trees (the neighbors) and a small patio. To the south is my two story house. The west and north sides are pretty open, but this strip gets virtually NO sun. The previous owners slapped a few things in there- tulips, grape hyacinth, daylilies (all that never really bloom) and a tiny aster that does. I have added to the soil a bunch but last year even coleus never did anything- just sat there.
This picture shows MAXIMUM sun in the afternoon. In the morning there is NOTHING>
This bed connects to a full sun west side bed that has a whole bunch of stuff. In that bed are things that can spread like some morning glory and violas the previous owners put in. Even those don't invade that section! Heck, even the dandelions and grass don't really grow there- just sprout and sit!
The strip is only about 2 ft wide, so mostly ferns won't work very well, since there is a narrow walkway to the deck there. The previous owners put some hosta in a bed a few feet further from the house and even there they don't do very well.
My local nursery had very few suggestions for me. Sweet woodruff is one thing they suggested and he advised against snowdrops due to spreading issues. The only thing he could really advise were impatiens.
I am particularly looking for perennials but am willing to consider annuals for some color back there!
Thanks for any help you can think of!