Answer: Some flowering perennials that do well in the shade include Viola (pansy), Trollius (globeflower), Tradescantia, Tiarella (foamflower), Senecia, Saxifraga, Primula, Myosotis (forget-me-not), Lobelia, Lily, Lamium (dead nettle), Impatiens, Heuchera (coral bells), Helleborus, Clivia, Cyclamen, Campanula, Begonia, Astilbe, Fuchsia and Anemone (windflower). For contrast, plant hosta, Polygonatum (Solomon's seal), and a variety of ferns. Shrubs for the site could include Nandina (heavenly bamboo), Pieris, any number of pines, Salal, Oregon Grape (Mahonia) and Ilex (holly). All the shrubs are evergreen and well adapted to growing in the Pacific Northwest. Best wishes with your patio garden!
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