Most of my front yard is in the shade. Not deep shade like a forest (despite the 7 trees), but more like dappled sunlight coming in between the tree branches, and some areas get some a nice amount of sun (not scorching though) at various parts of the day.I lamented the lack of sun for the last 2 years, admiring the tons of flowers available to those with full-sun. Until this year, I have finally have embraced the beauty that shady-lady plants give. Not to mention, when you're gardening in the sun, it tuckers you out quicker.
I have a nice variety of shade plants, but as you all know most of the front yard was planted by the previous owners. As I start to put my stamp on the front yard "rooms," I've been in search for some good shade-gardening books and I found one called Making the Most of Shade by Larry Hodgson . It has some nice garden plans, great information on planting, and an extensive list of shade-loving plants.One of the problems with my other gardening books is that they are really comprehensive, so I have to search for the shade-lovers. With this book, any page I turn to I know the light needs work for me and I can concentrate on learning about it's other characteristics and whether or not it might work in my garden.
Long live shade!