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.
16 products
  1. Starting at £2.25

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    Erigeron karvinskianus

    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…

  2. £19.50

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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.

  3. Starting at £19.50

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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.

  4. Starting at £8.95

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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.

  5. Starting at £4.95

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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…

  6. Starting at £5.50

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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.

  7. £24.95

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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.

  8. Starting at £7.25

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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…

  9. £11.50

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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…

  10. £15.95

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    Helleborus niger 'Verboom Beauty'

    From around Christmas through to early spring, this hellebore produces pure white flowers on dark green evergreen foliage. Happy in a sheltered spot in the garden, in a pot on the patio or terrace, or in a cool conservatory.

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    Helleborus orientalis 'Pretty Ellen Red'

    Helleborus 'Pretty Ellen Red' is one of the best of the deep dark reds, which cuts well – unusual amongst the dark varieties.

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    Helleborus orientalis 'Pretty Ellen Spotted'

    I love Helleborus orientalis 'Pretty Ellen Spotted', which look as if their flowers have been freckled by a paint brush in the richest crimson. Hellebores are brilliant for shade and if you cut these on a shortish stem and sear the stem end in boiling water, they make a glamorous cut flower.

  13. £23.95

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    Helleborus x atrorubens

    A hardy herbaceous hellebore with purple-red, nodding flowers. It flowers early, from mid-winter, all the way through spring, making it ideal to bring indoors to be enjoyed over the winter period. Even after the flowers are over they have persistent lime green calyces, which will happily pass for…

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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.

  15. £24.95

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    Helleborus x glandorfensis

    Flowering tirelessly from December well into April, this is a perfect winter container plant.

  16. Starting at £10.95

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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.