Ground-cover plants that grow well in the shade include hosta, periwinkle and pachysandra. Other suggested ground covers for shady areas are ajuga, sweet woodruff and golden star.
Hosta and pachysandra plants have large, green leaves and do not flower. Periwinkle and ajuga bloom with blue and purple flowers. Golden star has yellow, star-shaped blooms, and sweet woodruff flowers with delicate white blooms.
These plants grow in a variety of soil types. Gardeners should plant hosta in areas with good drainage, while ajuga prefers more moist soil. The other types of ground cover mentioned adapt well to many types of soil.