Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please
I have an area down the side of my drive which is shaded by next doors very large sycamore trees. The border still gets some sun, as the trees are to the north of them, and especially in spring when the leaves aren't out yet. I've planted it with a number of shrubs, but nothing seems to be thriving as it is so dry from the sycamores, and also suffers from honeydew/sooty mould from aphids on the sycamores.
So my question is- any ideas for tough shrubs or perennials that will be happy here - part shade, dry, and aphid infested?!?!
I am planing on planting a load of spring bulbs, and also hoping to plant shrubs that would fill out, but as everything is suffering, nothing is really taking off, so perhaps some ideas for ground cover too until the shrubs get established. (Am thinking alchemilla mollis and some hardy geraniums so far).