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.
53 products
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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 'Rozanne'

    The best of the violet-blue perennial geraniums for a pot or in the border. This flowers for months at a stretch.

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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 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 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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    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 paniculata 'Vanille Fraise'

    Creamy white, pink-tipped cone shaped flowers appear on arching stems in late summer. The flower colours deepen as they age, the tips turn a delicate pink, deepening to a rich red in autumn.

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    Hydrangea paniculata 'Wim's Red'

    This delicate yet statuesque hydrangea goes through a wonderful change of colours, starting cream with a deep red stem, deepening to rich pink and finishing a beautiful pewter. I've just put several of these into my new Dutch yard.

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    Polyanthus 'Francesca'

    I have this wonderful plant in the perennial borders at Perch Hill. It has amazing, ruffled green flowers and lasts at least 3 weeks in a vase. It's the texture of these flowers, as well as the colours which make these such exceptional spring-flowering plants. You can grow them in pots – as a…

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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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    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 niger

    This will last for ages, nearly three months, and appears early in January, which is a joy.Please note: This may be harmful if ingested.

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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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    Aquilegia vulgaris stellata 'White Barlow'

    White powderpuff flowers from May, invaluable for adding light to a shady border and with stem ends seared, they're good for picking too.

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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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    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 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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    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.

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    Helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol'

    Helleborus 'Christmas Carol' has been chosen as it flowers earlier than Helleborus niger, and often in time for Christmas. It produces glowing white blooms from winter through to spring, which fade to blush-pink as they age. Althought this may flower in time for Christmas, this cannot be…

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.