You might easily overlook shrubs when planning a shade garden (many gardeners gravitate toward annual and perennial flowering plants).
Perennial plants, particularly those that flower can make up for the color variety and dramatic seasonal display that your evergreen shrubs can't provide.
Supplement the flowers provided by your perennials with well-placed, flowering annual plants.
Ground cover plants for full shade are especially useful when you need to cover large swaths of shaded land if you don't want to use perennials or re-plant annuals every year to serve as bedding plants.
Options for shade-tolerant vines are somewhat limited, particularly if you are in search of a flowering vine that is hardy in a cold-winter climate.