Heuchera (Coral Bells) is one of my favorites. Its an evergreen perennial that comes in a wide array of colors. It does very well in shade and doesn't require much water. Coral Bells, (Heuchera) 'Peach Crisp' - attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
'Citronelle' coral bells (Heuchera 'Citronelle') - one of the best, brightest (but not blinding--really) Heucheras for shade. Now if I can only find a black one to go with it.think 2012 Year of the Heuchera: 'Black Out'