If you want to add some cottage-style charm to your garden, plant Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis). It's an old-fashioned herbaceous perennial that, besides being beautiful in gardens, is also used in making lotions and soaps. Lady’s Mantle is a long lived perennial flower that is fairly low-maintenance and blends well with other spring bloomers. The foliage looks good all season and can make a nice ground cover under small trees.
Exposure: Part sun to shade
Height: 6 - 12 inches
Space: 8 - 12 inches apart
Water: regular in full sun or extreme heat