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For Shade and Ground Cover

All of these plants will do very well in part or full shade, and in moist but well-drained soil.
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    Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'

    A super-tough, long-flowering variety that is resistant to droughts and avoided by rabbits and slugs.

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    Astrantia 'Ruby Giant'

    The perfect addition to a cottage garden, where it will do well in a border, even in shade. It has large, deep red flowers which look like pin cushions and interesting dark green foliage. It will self-seed, so deadhead regularly in the flowering season if you’d rather it didn’t spread.

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    Native Fern Collection

    Create a magical woodland floor in your garden with these three easy and reliable ferns. The evergreen Asplenium and Blechnum work brilliantly with the deciduous Dryopteris, in any shady setting. This collection contains 1 or 3 x 9cm plants, or 1 x 2 litre plant each of: Asplenium scolopendrium…

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    Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'

    An excellent carpeter, with silver-grey and bright-green edged leaves. Bears small, white flowers in summer.

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    Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'

    Mottled silvery leaves with stunning deep-blue flowers – a particularly dark, rich form. Please note weather conditions do affect the pigmentation when the bud is being developed, so there may be an amount of pink flowers this season. We would expect that flowers produced later in the season…

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    Aquilegia viridiflora 'Chocolate Soldier'

    This hard to find, compact species columbine or 'Granny's Bonnet', has unusual and delicate chocolate brown flowers in summer. Left alone it will happily self-seed, and it does well in many positions, even shade.

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    Alchemilla mollis

    This acid-green, fluffy-flowered plant is one of the best ever foliage plants for the garden and vase. Cut it back after its first flowering and feed with Comfrey (dilute our pellets to make a solution). It will flower again in late summer.

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    Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'

    A favourite of many garden designers and often seen at Chelsea, this aquilegia produces double, spurless flowers in a rich and luscious claret. It's a very reliable variety which will self-seed, and performs well in dappled shade.

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    Aster x frikartii 'Mönch'

    A lovely blue which grows quickly and easily, with good mildew resistance. Very long-flowering.

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    Chaenomeles × superba 'Crimson and Gold'

    One of the loveliest wall shrubs to cheer us all up after the drear of winter, flowering on a sunny wall from early March. This is a wonderful dark, rich colour form.

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    Clematis montana var. wilsonii

    Satin white, star-shaped flowers, with incredible scent. Montana varieties are the classic clematis to train up into trees to tumble down from above your head. They are quick-growing and vigorous, covered in flowers for late spring and early summer.

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    Convolvulus mauritanicus

    A perfect perennial to soften the edge of any container, flowering for months in summer and autumn.

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    Corydalis flexuosa 'Blue Dragon'

    This low-growing plant produces flowers so electric blue they seem to glow. It has good scent and performs well in moist or shady conditions. New foliage appears a feathery purple, slowly turning to green. Excellent in a woodland border or to brighten a gloomy area.

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    Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'

    A lovely soft pink foxglove which flowers at the same time and looks beautiful with peonies in June. This is one of my absolute favourite plants. Bees and butterflies love them too. Foxgloves make some of the very best cottage garden early summer garden plants and cut flowers. If you pick the king…

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    Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

    You can't go wrong with white foxgloves. We line the drive with these at Perch Hill to flower for May and through much of the summer. Bees and butterflies love them. Foxgloves make some of the very best cottage garden early summer garden plants and cut flowers. If you pick the king flower –…

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    Erigeron karvinskianus

    Perfect for softening some steps with curtains of daisies, plus you can create a lovely tumbling outside table centre.Erigeron flowers for months self-sowing into all the nooks and crannies. A brilliant value plant which no garden should be without.

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    Geranium 'Ann Folkard'

    One of the best of the magenta perennial geraniums. This flowers for months at a stretch. Cut it to the ground when it begins to look tired and up it pops to flower again.

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    Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir White'

    One of the longest and most prolific flowering hardy geraniums in a pure white, with beautiful purple veining. I love this topped with alliums, growing up through it.

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    Geranium himalayense 'Plenum'

    An unusual double form of our robust and easy to grow wild meadow cranesbill, with deep purple pompom flowers for a 3-4 month stretch with no deadheading. It's a clump-forming, compact plant with strong upright flower stems.

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    Geranium x riversleaianum 'Mavis Simpson'

    An excellent semi-evergreen perennial geranium with soft grey-green leaves and long stems of lovely clear pink flowers. It combines beautifully with blue.

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    Helleborus x ballardiae 'Merlin'

    This hellebore is incredible with beautiful dark, slate grey-green leaves and smoky pink flowers which gradually darken to crimson. With stem ends seared for 10 seconds it makes the BEST winter and spring cut flower too.

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    Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

    The buds open a sharp green – like guelder – in July and gradually pale to ivory-green as they open. Pick or deadhead and it flowers until winter.

Flower Plants for Shade and Ground Cover at Sarah Raven

Ground-cover plants transform a garden, carpeting the soil with colour and excluding weeds.

Our plants also come with free planting instructions.