Choosing the right plants for the right place is becoming increasingly popular, as it results in better success with less work. This is often called ecological landscaping, or sustainable landscaping. Which of the following perennials are the best choices for dry shade, as under maple trees where the tree roots may cause half the soil moisture as in open beds? Of course this will vary some with species. Don't know some? The VanBerkum nursery wholesale site has some photos. See yes/no answers below.