You got to love a plant that thrives in the worst conditions. Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina) is a native plant that grows in the dry, sandy woodland clearings all around here. A local landscaper introduced this tough trooper to me many years ago.
Its graceful, dissected leaves resemble a fern, but it's actually a shrub. I read that the "sweet" part of its common name comes from the minty aroma its leaves emit when crushed, but I'm not tasting it to see if it is sweet.
Sweet Fern, like clover, fixes atmospheric nitrogen to the soil allowing it to live in the poorest soils. So if you're looking for a low-maintenance deciduous shrub to add to informal hedges or planting beds, give Sweet Fern a try. For me, I can use a few plants that thrive on neglect.