I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!
Congratulations on your new apartment! Some good flowers for shade include:
Shrubs - Azalea, Pieris, Dwarf Nandina, Chinese fringe (loropetalum), Camelia, and Hydrangea
Ground covers - Carpet bugleweed (Ajuga), Liriope, Aztec Grass, various ferns.
Perennial Flowers - Butterfly ginger (Hedychium), Mexican Petunia (Ruellia), Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera), and Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata).
Annual Flowers - Coleus, Impatiens, Wishbone Flower (Tithonia), Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana), Columbine, and Begonia.
Vegetable for shade would be leafy greens. Fruiting and rooting vegetables prefer full sun.
Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!
Q&A Library Searching Tips