Hi, I recently moved into an apartment with a very small (400 sf) and shady garden. Except for the deck, most of the garden gets from 4-5 hours of direct sunlight or half a day of tree shaded sunlight. The garden faces west, but buildings, fences and trees block most of the sunlight. The soil ph is about 6.5.
The garden already has some shrubs and plants, but they don't seem to be organized in either an aesthetic way or placed in an optimal growing location. There's a rose bush that is rather leggy next to a rose of sharon that is taking over the space. Overall, the garden seems uneven. It's either overgrown or under-cultivated.
I really need advice on how to nurture and prune the plants in residence and green this space with perennials, ferns, shrubs, and good ground cover plants that are well suited for the space. I've done some work and found some perennials that should do well in shaded zone 6 garden.
Here are pictures (that aren't great) of my garden. I drew a really bad diagram of my garden, but I forgot to include the small coniferous tree. The small hydrangea (at least that is what I think it is) is next to this tree. I also think the rose of sharon is the unknown shrub.
If anyone has thoughts, I'd love to hear them.