Re: Clearing a Wooded Lot / What to do next?
I second the post about pachysandra and periwinkle; they’re not wild, and they’re not native, so they’re not natural-looking. Tiarella is very pretty, and sends out runners; heuchera and ferns are also easy, low-maintenance, and pretty. There are lots of wildflowers that are lovely, trilliums, dog-toothed violets, violets, hepatica, but I expect that you’ll need to spend a couple of years fighting back the brambles that want to return from their severed roots. Whacking them back may take as much energy as you have for a while. One of the things that matters here is if you have deer: if you do, you will have a limited palette of plants to choose from. There is no joy in planting hosta to see it disappear.