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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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    Polygonatum hybridum (Solomon's Seal)

    Solomon's Seal is a must-have for the shady garden, with beautiful arching stems.

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    Geranium phaeum 'Raven'

    Use this to edge a shady border. Pretty and sultry and the same time.

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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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    Acanthus mollis 'Rue Ledan'

    A rare form of acanthus with pure white flowers on silvery-green spires. Extremely elegant, non-invasive, bright and ghostly, and invaluable for thriving in a north facing border.

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    Tellima grandiflora

    A favourite for a shady spring border, to grow with hellebores, honesty and tulip. It’s a totally invaluable, easy-to-grow border filler and an elegant upper storey cut flower.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

    A classic plant to mix up with your hellebores, pulmonarias and Solomon Seal in a shady spring bed. This plant has large, heart-shaped leaves with dappled silvery variegation and forget-me-not blue flowers, which if seared in boiling water for 20 seconds make good cut flowers. Also excellent for…

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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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    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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    Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Blue Ice'

    I love the pale blue of amsonia flowers and their willow-like leaves which turn ochre and yellow in autumn. I've just planted drifts of this in the shady bed of our new Dutch yard where it creates the perfect succession with Helleborus 'Merlin'.

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    Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

    I love this variety of Japanese anemone with flowers and glamour one size up from the standard single white, with lovely contrasting stamens. This clump forming, healthy, dark-leaved form will grow up to 1m.

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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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    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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    Collomia grandiflora

    With rich, buttermilk cream blooms which freely set seed, this will thrive in dry shade, and is known for growing where other plants fail, making it perfect for a tricky corner.

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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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    Digitalis purpurea 'Smoothie Cerise' F1

    Similar to Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora but more compact and with a pale pink blush to the outer petals and lighter, almost white speckled throats. Foxgloves make some of the very best cottage garden, early summer garden plants and cut flowers. If you pick the king flower – the main spire, you…

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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

    A lovely cream foxglove that makes a beautiful cutflower and garden plant. 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…

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    Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King'

    This is a shorter, chunkier form than common foxgloves with large, berry pink flowers tinged with copper and gold, rising above a rosette of fairly deep evergreen foliage. 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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    Epimedium x warleyense 'Orange Queen'

    Epimediums are much sought after by the increasing band of young and creative flower farmers and florists. The coppery-green leaves are beautifully delicate in a vase or urn, as are its open, mini flying saucer flower spires. 'Orange Queen' is one of the most striking colour forms and as an…

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    Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

    Like miniature spring anemones crossed with water lilies. I love these for being the first flowers to emerge in spring and floating en masse in a shallow bowl. Certain bulbs do better planted in the green, rather than in their dormant state. It's like lifting a clump from your own garden, and very…

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    Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion'

    Masses of daisy-like flowers with a hint of pink. 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…

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    Foxglove Collection

    The very best pairing of the very best foxgloves, perfect in sun, or shade, in the garden and picked together to arrange. The seed packet contains a mix of both varieties, and the plant collections contain 1 or 2 plants each of: Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot' Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

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.