Posted: 08/04/2013 at 11:25
Hardy fuchsias are good - our front garden is north facing, so shady for most of the day. There was a well-established fuchsia in it when we moved in 11 years ago and all it needs is a hard prune in April and it flowers its heart out for months. It is bare in the winter, but beautiful in the summer. Aquilegias do well too and the seed heads are quite nice and as they self-seed, you'll have oodles of plants for free. Same goes for Californian poppies - a little burst of sunshine!