I have a patch of garden that is more or less always in the shade (apart from noon in the middle of summer). I wasn’t sure what to do with it but planted acers, heucheras, tiarella and heucherella. I also planted a quince tree but it seems to have died, more or less.
I ended up planting a load of the violets here – they need some light in winter and spring but shade in summer. As it is under a deciduous tree, this seems as good a place as any to plant them.
While I was working, a cheerful bumblebee buzzed round. I think it liked the blossom.
One good thing about doing a bit of planting is it gives you a chance / reason to do some weeding. I know this bed is quite weedy but I don’t like using chemicals in my garden and tend to leave weeds that I find attractive alone. My gardener once suggested that I put white gravel down to surpress the weeds but I know my children would chuck it about and it would drive me crackers. Plus, having soil gives me a chance to sneak yet more plants in.