Suitable Plants for Under Pines
I am hoping for some suggestions for plants can I grow in a front bed under pines just north of Houston. The area gets three or four hours of morning sun and filtered light the rest of the day. I'd ideally like something native, perennial, and productive (even if it's for the birds and animals, not me!).
One spot is relatively pine root free, as there was a large (10' up, down, and sideways) hibiscus there previously. I've been getting some pressure to stick a Bradford pear in there but I'd really rather not. Other than that, it's a challenge to dig a deep enough hole to plant anything.
I am desperate -- I'd love suggestions for ground cover (cheap and easy would be a plus), edging, shrubs that won't turn yellow and die (I'm looking at you, gardenias), anything to fill in my front beds.
Blueberries, maybe? Hydrangeas? Any suggestions or ideas of what nurseries to look in would be wonderful -- my own attempts to fill in the space have failed miserably.