In my other shady areas, I try to plant drought-tolerant shade plants, which doesn't leave a lot of options. This spot north of the garage is the one spot I baby - I have some moisture-loving plants, and give it extra water (it's quite dry because of the mountain ash tree roots).
Here are the plants I have in this spot:
columbine (in a spot that gets a little dappled sun)
yellow creeping jenny