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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 evergreen acanthus with pure white flowers on silvery-green spires. Extremely elegant, bright and ghostly and invaluable for thriving in a north facing border.

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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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    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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    Cyclamen coum 'White & Pink Mix'

    The leaves of Cyclamen coum are almost as handsome and invaluable as the flowers – brilliant for carpeting under shrubs and trees and exceptionally long-lived. They will gradually self-sow and naturalise, looking good in your garden for decades. Pictured here growing with Snowdrops.

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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 tomentosa 'Robustissima'

    A fantastic late flowering anemone with soft pink cup-shaped flowers. Excellent for cutting with super-long stems.

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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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    Aquilegia 'Munstead White'

    Aquilegia 'Munstead White' has sculptural, tiered flowers of pure greeny-white. Lovely shining out from the light shade where it thrives. The good old Granny's bonnet is a classic cottage garden favourite which flowers through the spring to early summer, with its nodding flowers like an elaborate…

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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'

    Aster x frikartii 'Mönch' is a lovely bright lavender-blue flowers around golden hearts – brilliant for the autumn garden and the insects love these, laden with pollen and nectar.No autumn garden is complete without its Michaelmas daisies, simple cottage garden perennials which flower long…

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    Astrantia major 'Shaggy'

    Like a highly lacy ruff. These will thrive in partial shade.

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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 'Sutton's Apricot'

    Digitalis purpurea 'Suttons Apricot' is 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…

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    Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

    Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' is a lovely cream foxglove, which makes a beautiful cut flower and garden plant. You can't go wrong with white foxgloves. We line the drive with Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' at Perch Hill, planting them in the autumn to flower for May through much of the summer. Bees and…

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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)

    Eranthis hyemalis is the first bulb to appear in the garden and a must for that. I saw these in the wild this winter, merging with the wild snowdrop in a wood in Gloucestershire as far off as you could see. It gave me the resolution to plant more in my own garden – do it now and they will get…

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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…

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.