YES, there are desert-adapted plants that will grow in the shade.
Below are just a few that we carry in the nursery. Not all are always in stock depending on availability and time of year.
North or eastern exposure is no problem for these plants. If you have a tree that shades an area, plant these to liven up the space.
We also have many more not so desert looking type plants under tropicals.
Make sure not to over water these guys!
Call or stop by to check availability, if we don't have it in stock we can usually get it!
Desert Gardens Nursery
21222 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85024