When I bought the house this flowerbed was full of the two coniferous trees and some cedar that I hated. I dug the cedar up three years ago and ever since then I have battled every spring to plant something (anything!) that will live in the predominately shady area. The problem is that the soil from the plants that were there before has prevented other plants from really growing there - besides the tulips in the spring and my hostas in the summer. My poor rhododendrons that I planted this year died (see red arrows below). I'm thinking of just giving up and digging up the rocks and planting grass instead.