Shade garden zone 5

Hello! What would you recommend for a shaded garden that also slopes down? It does get some morning sun, but is mostly shaded by maple trees and a willow tree. Approximate dimensions are 8ft across at the top, narrowing down to about 4ft at the bottom. It is surrounded by a stone wall of about 10 inches. The soil is good. I am more interested in perennials than annuals. Thanks for your help!
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The maples and willow not only create pretty dense shade, but they've also got shallow, dense root systems that will compete with your plantings for space, moisture, and nutrients. But the morning sun and good soil you describe make it sound like a habitable garden spot for lots of plants, so go for it. Because you've got 8 feet across the top, you might want to plant a few shrubs like Hydrangeas. Perennials you might plant include Hostas, Corydalis, Pulmonaria, Brunnera, and Sweet Woodruff. You might also tuck in a few shade-loving groundcovers like Periwinkle (Vinca major), Pachysandra, Lily of the Valley, or Ajuga.

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