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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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  1. Starting at £9.95

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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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    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.

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    Hydrangea macrophylla 'Madame Emile Mouillère'

    Flowers in a beautiful pure-white, which tints to pink as they age, with contrasting dark leaves. Exceptionally long-flowering.

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    Hydrangea petiolaris

    One of the very best plants for growing on a northfacing, shady wall with beautiful flowers and equally lovely seedheads.

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    Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst'

    The best of the pure white pulmonarias, which flowers all spring. It has elegant dappled silver foliage too, which is evergreen in many gardens, so it is the perfect plant for lightening up a dark corner as this thrives in light shade.

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    Selinum wallichianum

    With large, creamy white umbers similar to cow parsley and soft, fern-like foliage, this is an ideal plant for shady areas and is very reliable. Excellent for its late summer flowering time too.

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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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    Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' syn. 'Sterile'

    Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' is my absolute favourite foliage plant for late spring, early summer picking. From early May, this is covered in bright acid-green fluffy footballs and elegant indented leaves. As the flowers mature, they move through creamy-green into pure white. Sear the stem end in…

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    Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

    Euphorbia amygdaloides is a completely invaluable plant for growing in a shady spot to brighten up a dark corner and for picking – by the bucket – for all your spring vases of flowers. We'd be lost without this in the cutting garden. If I was only allowed to take one group of ornamental…

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    Helleborus x 'Anna's Red' (Rodney Davey Marbled Group)

    A newly bred hellebore in the richest crimson which flowers for the whole of spring and cuts brilliantly. Just sear stem ends in boiling water for 15 seconds. Unusually, for a hellebore this colour, that treatment works really well.

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    Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'

    A prolific flowerer and brilliant for late colour. Let it spread gently through other perennials and shrubs.

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    Asplenium scolopendrium

    This Hart's Tongue fern is a beautiful texture, colour and shape, and provides all-year interest.

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    Autumn Anemone Collection

    Two fantastic, late-flowering anemones which will come into their own when many other plants are starting to fade. 'Pamina' has large, double rose-pink flowers which contrast well with the soft pink, cup-shaped flowers of 'Robustissima'. Both are good for cutting, with super-long stems. This…

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    Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

    The garden form of our wild wood spurge with beautiful crimson stems, a perfect contrast to the acid-green flower plumes. This is a super-easy plant to grow in almost any site or situation and is BRILLIANT for picking all spring. Please note: This plant is harmful if eaten,and is a skin and eye…

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    Euphorbia palustris

    An absolute must in my garden, for a brilliant acid-green backdrop to tulips and alliums. Please note: This plant is harmful if eaten, and is a skin and eye irritant, so please take care when handling.

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    Euphorbia x martinii

    A manageable-sized shrubby euphorbia which flowers all spring to mix with tulips in the border and vase. Once cut, sear stem ends in boiling water to seal poisonous sap and make them last up to two weeks in a vase. Please note: This plant is harmful if eaten, and is a skin and eye irritant, so…

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    Helleborus x sahinii 'Winter Bells'

    Grown as a houseplant, cut flower or border perennial for dappled shade, this newly bred hellebore flowers almost all year – I love it!

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.