Whether its shade created from large buildings or from tree canopy, shade areas in your landscape can be a challenge. Sometimes sun plants can adapt (they grow less vigorous or don’t bloom), but it really needs to be thought as a separate area in its own right. There are ways to make these areas as interesting and colorful as the rest of the yard. Plants in the photos can show how interesting and beautiful it can be. Color can be found in the flowers, but also in the leaves and their textures. Hostas are a prime example of a common shade perennial where most of the color comes from the leaves more than the blooms.
For your particular situation, consult an expert so the right plant can fit in the right spot and can be displayed in a way that takes full advantage of the conditions.
Here are some plants that do well in shade:
Burgundy Lace Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum), Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Money Plant (Lunaria annua), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), Barrenwort (Epimedium spp.), Coralbells (Heuchera spp.), Monkshood (Aconitum spp.), Turtlehead (Chelone spp.), Bugloss (Brunnera spp.), Honeysuckle Vine, and Lenten Rose (Helleborus spp.). Other winners are: Bleeding Hearts, Astilbe, Columbine, Snowbells, and Mertensia.
There is a great nursery that specializes in Shade plants near Louisville, KY called Munchkin Nursery (it’s about a 45 minute drive). They have wonderful display gardens and anyone can see their plants online and have them delivered via mail order.