Hello, I'm a fairly seasoned gardener, about to move to a house in the Kits flatlands (acidic, boggy soil), that has a small north exposure front yard, but need suggestions! There is an old, neglected foundation planting that extends from full, damp shade at the house towards the street to sun/part shade, consisting of the ubiquitous (and mainly sickly) old badly-pruned rhodos & heathers. There are 2 blackened with sooty mould pieris japonicas at each side of the front door that are getting removed before we move in, and I need ideas for their replacements. Must be easy maintenance, with a behaved growth habit, no constant pruning, and tolerate full, moist shade. Thinking skimmia, hydrangea, sweet box, or my fave is japanese maples, but are there any that will tolerate FULL shade? They would look the best, I think. I plan to underplant everything in acid-friendly perennials to fill in the gaps. I will amend the existing beds with compost & manure to hopefully perk up the existing shrubs. We are renting, so I don't want to leave the landlords with giant unruly shrubs taking over their yard. (Also why I'm limited to dealing with the existing plants). They are letting my do what I want though, for the most part. I'm interested in off-the-beaten-path or old-fashioned plants, especially those proven to do well in Vancouver's climate, disease and pest-resistant. (I don't ask for much, eh?) Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks, K.