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For Shade and Ground Cover

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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    Liriope muscari

    You can't go wrong with this evergreen, recommended for light shade beneath trees and shrubs.

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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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    Convolvulus mauritanicus

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

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    Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal'

    This is a compact, vigorous, clump-forming variety of bleeding heart with deep wine-red heart shaped flowers on slender arching stems. It’s easy to grow and if you remove spent blooms it will keep producing flowers from late spring right through summer. A good choice for a shady spot but will…

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    Erigeron karvinskianus

    Have you got some steps, paths or walls you want softening with curtains of daisies? That's exactly what this wonderful plant – Erigeron karvinskianus – is for. It flowers for about nine months of the year and gently self-sows into all the nooks and crannies. A brilliant value plant…

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    Gaultheria procumbens 'Big Berry'

    An excellent choice for winter colour, and ideal for a container by the front door where you'll be cheered by its jolly red berries in autumn and winter. In the summer, this will be covered in white to pale pink flowers.

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    Geranium 'Rozanne'

    Geranium 'Rozanne' is one of the best of the violet-blue perennial geraniums. This flowers for months at a stretch. You can cut it to the ground when it begins to look tired and up it pops to flower again.Perennial geraniums are classic cottage garden late spring and summer-flowering perennials,…

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    Geranium 'Salome'

    Dusky violet-mauve petals with deep purple veins and centre, and dense foliage tinged with gold when young. This scrambler will weave through its neighbours.

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    Geranium 'Thumbling Hearts' (Cinereum Group)

    A super-strong grower with masses of silvery pink-lilac flowers with dark eyes and purple veins. Superb for ground cover where it acts as a natural weed supressant.

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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 pratense 'Plenum Violaceum'

    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 psilostemon

    The whopper, long-flowering Geranium psilostemon which I grew up surrounded by in my parents' garden. It was superb then and has more than stood the test of time. A true garden classic.

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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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    Nepeta x faassenii 'Junior Walker'

    A more compact, easier-to-contain variety than ‘Six Hills Giant’ but still a top ranking pollinator plant, stuffed with nectar. Clouds of bluey-mauve flowers form on silvery, aromatic foliage, blooming throughout the summer.

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    Oregano Collection

    Oregano is one of the longest-flowering, wildflower-come-herb you can grow, studding your grass or border with purple flowers all summer. With this brilliant collection of three different tones, you get even more into the bargain - edible, ornamental, loved by pollinators, fragrant - it pretty much…

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    Thyme 'Jekka'

    We've trialled lots of thymes at Perch Hill and this one, discovered by Jekka McVicar, is top of the class. It tastes excellent, flowers all spring, much earlier than most and when deadheaded and trimmed back after flowering, quickly leafs up and then flowers again. For edging a prominent path and…

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    Astrantia major 'Buckland'

    A soft and beautiful astrantia with pale pink, green and white star-like flowers. This will flower for a good stretch and comes back well each year. It will self-seed and as with all astrantias, if planted near other varieties, the new plants may hybridise and not appear true to form, so remove any…

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    Astrantia major 'Gill Richardson Group'

    One of the richest coloured astrantias around, with stand-out claret red blooms, dark green stems and leaves tinged with red as they emerge. As with all astrantias, this will self-seed and may hybridise if you have any other astrantias planted nearby – so pull up any seedlings with green…

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    Geranium 'Jolly Jewel Salmon'

    One of those lovely hardy geraniums which grows so easily and flowers on and off for so lng, you can keep dividing it to scatter around your borders, to edge paths and to flower up any grass verges or meadow bits of lawn. It's fairly new, but already well-known.

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.