Gardeners living in the Midwest need plants which will survive unpredictable weather in all seasons.
A staple garden workhorse is the entire family of hostas.
They thrive in shade and semi-shade and even do well in part-day sun.
But, no full (all day) sun.
They provide beauty and stability and gorgeous foliage
and also a wonderful backdrop for blooming plants.
There are hostas in many varieties, variegated or not,
small and large and everything in-between.
They are almost maintenance-free.
All the gardeners I know willingly offer starts from any hosta they have.