Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:56
There are lots of shade loving plants but to help them establish, growna nd thrive you'l need to improve the soil. This can be done by adding a good layer of compost before planting. You can use bags bought form the DIY store or garden centre but make sure it's intended for plants and not for seeds and cuttings as you need the nutrients.
Some hostas will like it but they are not evergreen. Hardy geranium macrorhizum will do well. It has scented leaves, white, pink or fuchsia coloured flowers in late sporing and the leaves turn red in winter. Pachysandra has glowwy green foliage and white flowers. Variegated ivy can be grown as ground cover if you peg down the shoots as they grow and will provide some colour.
Bergenias come with either green or purple foliage and produce flowers in spring. Some ferns, such as dryoperis marginalis, are evergreen.
Look these up online and at your local garden centre and nursery and then select the ones you like to make either a single variety carpet or a tapestry of form and colour as you prefer. Plant them with enough space between them to grow to full size and water in well then maybe mulch with some chipped bark or gravel to keep down weeds and set off the plants.