Many (but not all!) of my shade-loving perennials in this garden are spring-blooming, so I paid close attention to foliage when planting here. The dark foliage of actea (bugbane) is up front in this picture, with ninebark 'Coppertina' in the bakground. Also lamiastrum 'Hermann's Pride', brunnera 'Jack Frost', epimedium rubra, hostas, and bergenia provide interesting foliage in this garden and seem to handle the dry shade.
Here's another view (re-routing the downspout over the arch is on the to-do list for this summer):
To see the development of this garden and what's blooming at other times of the year, click here and scroll down.