When thinking ground covers for shade, especially dry shade, one that springs to mind is epimedium. Although it prefers rich, well-drained soil, it will grow in dry conditions. Handsome heart- or lance-shaped leaves are leathery and have bronzy-pink edges that turn to green in the summer. Some cultivars keep their reddish coloration all summer, while others only turn red in winter. With a height of 6 inches to 1 foot, epimedium blooms in spring with dainty white, yellow, pink, purple or lilac flowers. Although it can get vine weevils and mosaic virus, these are rarely a problem, and deer generally do not like to eat epimedium.