Posted: 17/06/2014 at 17:29
Ferns particularly Dryopteris do well in dry shade, some grasses eg Bowles golden grass, Hachonechloa, some Euphorbia eg. Euphorbia amygdaloides Purpurea, Aquilegia, Tellima and Lamium to name but a few.
Shade is not to be feared, there are many wonderful plants to be grown.
I would attempt to improve the soil a bit first