Note: when I say shade...my backyard in peak growing season get's about 3 hours of dappled sun. Definitely more shade than sun. My choices here don't reflect plants that grown in complete shade.
Moist (yet free draining soil) Shade:
|Astilbe sp. (flowers late June)|
|Astrantia major (Masterwort - flowers mid June)|
|Pulmonaria officinalis (Lungwort - flowers early May)|
|Dicentra spectablis (Bleeding Heart; white - flowers mid-May)|
Well Drained (soil) Shade:
|Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum') does quite well in free draining soil.|
|Various Hosta fortunei (my preference are thicker leaved varieties, which have better slug resistance)|
|Rudbeckia sp. Indian Summer Black Eyed Susan (flowers July-September, self seeds too)|
|Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (bronze brown foliage in June, paling to green, flowers early September)|
|Hedera helix, Evergreen English Ivy (evergreen)|
|Lamium maculatum 'Cannon's Gold' (flowers on new growth)|
|Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy' (white flowers on new growth)|
Much more here on Part 2....