Hostas are the MVPs of shady yards. And you can usually buy a bag of 10 bareroot Hostas for under $10, so they're a bargain too. Of course there's more exotic and expensive Hostas but I've had good luck with the regular bargain bin variety.
I start my bareroot Hostas is pots filled with compost and keep them in a spot where I can watch them. Once they get past that first year they become near indestructable. You can almost just toss them on your driveway and they'll be fine. Well, maybe I'd stick to somewhere with dirt but you get the idea.