I have a lot of shady areas in my yard. One is near the house where I would love to establish some sort of ground cover. I have tried a few different types of plants in this area over the years but they only seem to last a month or two. There were shrubs in this area but we pulled them all out when we painted the house. The area only gets dappled sunlight most of the day with maybe some direct sunlight during mid day. Advice on what type of plant to try next?
I am also looking for advice on what to do about perennial plants that have been fading over the past few seasons. The area had formerly been filled with weeds, shrubs, small trees. We ripped out all the small stuff, left several of the big trees and put down wood chips (because the area had been prone to flooding in the spring) and bark mulch. On the outer edge of the area we put down loam so that we could have plants around the edge of the area. The area gets sun for the first half of the day and part of the afternoon. We run a soaker hose around the plants. Any advice on how to revive these plants? Also, advice on what to add to the shadier edges? I have hostas in some areas. I'm thinking lilly of the valley in some areas but would like some bigger plants as well. I do have a deer problem so no tasty plants please. Lost all my tulips one year to deer and/or bunnies so gave them up.
Forgot to mention that I am in the northeast.