Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:35
People often think shade is a problem but there are loads of lovely plants which will grow in shade to give year round interest. There's dry shade and damp shade so take that into consideration too - some plants won't thrive in one but will in the other, and if it's very dark, paler colours light it up better than bright/deep shades.
PS - Euonymous is another useful evergreen which grows well in shade. Variegated foliage - green/gold or green/cream. Easy to obtain and grow.
Good luck with it. Keep us all updated with pix as you go along.