Hostas are a topnotch groundcover for shady areas. Plant them on a tough-to-mow hillside to create a lovely, carefree garden bed. If you have a steep slope that water runs down so quickly the soil can't absorb moisture, try breaking up the hill with rock
Accentuate Fall Color - One sure way to highlight the fall colors in your yard is to pair them with evergreens. Green looks smashing against bold reds and oranges. And bright yellows practically sing next to a dark green background.