Most homeowners have some degree of shade somewhere on their property whether it’s from buildings, a fence, or mature trees. Since shade varies from heavy, where no direct sunlight penetrates, to partial or dappled, you need to observe what kind of shade you are dealing with and plant accordingly.
Plants with non-green foliage colour like the blue-grey of Junipers or the yellow in Euonymus will not do well in shade.
Red leaved shrubs like Purpleleaf Sand Cherry or Purple Smoketree or golden shrubs such as Golden Mock-orange lose their vibrant colour if they are planted in shade.
Choose wisely from a wide range of shade-tolerant plant materials and arrange them with variety of form, size, texture and colour in mind.