What to do about Shade
(Ground Covers for the Shade)
Shade is always a problem when it comes to planting. Not only is there competition from canopy trees for sunlight, but they then compete for the nutrients and water. Mulch is always the answer but that tends to get boring.
In Northeast Florida, there are several options for groundcover. Cast iron plants, swamp fern, holly fern, Algerian ivy, English ivy, mondo grass, leather leaf fern, and Asiatic jasmine all will do nicely.
I personally have found vinca major to grow well in the shade or sun. My property in Florida was full of the planting.