While it's true that some plants need a great deal of sun in which to thrive, there are a great number of popular shade loving bushes. Some of these shrubs even flower, giving a splash of color to a potentially dark area.
The Gold Dust Acuba has large green leaves with yellow splotches on them. These dense plants grow in almost dark conditions, and may require a little extra water during dry summers.
Winter Blooming Camelias produce beautiful, loose, scentless, pink flowers in the dead of winter. They really brighten up a garden.
Wintergreen Boxwood or Korean Boxwood, as it is often called, grows in a dense hedge, 2-4 feet in height and width. Its leaves are shiny and dark green. The wintergreen variety is easier to grow than other Boxwoods, making it an easy favorite. Use it on either side of an entrance, to create a regal quality.
Harand Dwarf Boxwood is like the Wintergreen variety, but smaller and denser. It also is easier to grow than most Boxwoods, as it has a high tolerance for drought and pest.
Burning Bush or Dwarf WInged Euonymus, is a stunning red bush in fall, and a waxy green color in spring and summer, with somewhat loose foliage. It grows 8 - 10 feet tall and can be pruned down to 5 or 6 feet. While it can be used as a hedge, it's great as an accent plant, as it radically changes the look of any landscape in fall.
Calisto Indian Hawthorne is an evergreen. In the spring, it produces many pink flowers similar to azaleas. The leaves are a dark, dark green, and the plant also produces almost black berries in the fall.