If deer are hungry enough they'll eat almost anything. However, some plants are less palatable to them than others. A good way to select deer-resistant plants adapted to your area is to go to the advanced search page of our plant encyclopedia (http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/advanced-search/) and click on the relevant categories. In your case, type in your Zone, and check Shrubs, Deer-resistant, and shade. You'll get a list of suggested plants.