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Dry, poor soil and shady

13 years ago

I have a steeply-sloped front yard. There's a large barren area between a red and a silver maple that I can't seem to fill. It's shady and the soil is very poor: Roots near the surface, filled with small rocks, that sort of thing. I've tried pachysandra without luck. I'm now trying to get some variegated vinca minor to grow... but it's very patchy.

Does anyone know of a plant that will tolerate shade, the occasional drought, isn't picky about soil and will quickly spread? I know that's asking a lot, but I'm at a loss as to what to do.

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