Oh, what to plant under/front of lilacs?
Howdy and thanks.. I've got a short and narrow bed of lilacs on the "unused" side of my home. It's a challenging spot.. Gets BLASTED by the sun about 2/3 of the day (southeast facing), and we've got some hard clay here- it's on a slope so it's too well-drained. I'm looking for some suggestions to fill the area under/in front of the lilacs... hoping to find a nice perennial, flowering perhaps, maybe a mounding ground cover that can take these conditions too. How the lilacs have made it I have NO idea! I need something that can take abuse and dish it back to me with flowers ;) I don't want anything that grows greater than 18" high, and I don't need evergreen. It'd be nice to have something that either blooms at the same time (April) or follows soon thereafter. No poky thorny stuff!