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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 pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'

    A super-tough, long-flowering variety that is resistant to droughts and avoided by rabbits and slugs.

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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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    Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postil'

    One of the BEST scented shrubs ever, with clusters of pink, magenta and white flowers in late winter. This fabulous plant was lost to cultivation for several years, but now it’s back, thanks to micro-propagation. It is a must-have plant for your garden.   

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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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    Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'

    An excellent carpeter, with silver-grey and bright-green edged leaves.

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    Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'

    Mottled silvery leaves with stunning deep-blue flowers – a particularly dark, rich form. Please note weather conditions do affect the pigmentation when the bud is being developed, so there may be an amount of pink flowers this season. We would expect that flowers produced later in the season…

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    Aquilegia viridiflora 'Chocolate Soldier'

    This hard to find, compact species columbine or 'Granny's Bonnet', has unusual and delicate chocolate brown flowers in summer. Left alone it will happily self-seed, and it does well in many positions, even shade.

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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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    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 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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    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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    Asplenium scolopendrium

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

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    Corydalis flexuosa 'Blue Dragon'

    This low-growing plant produces flowers so electric blue they seem to glow. It has good scent and performs well in moist or shady conditions. New foliage appears a feathery purple, slowly turning to green. Excellent in a woodland border or to brighten a gloomy area.

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    Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal'

    This is a compact, vigorous, clump-forming variety of bleeding heart with deep wine-red heart shaped flowers on slender arching stems. It’s easy to grow and if you remove spent blooms it will keep producing flowers from late spring right through summer. A good choice for a shady spot but will…

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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 grandiflorum 'Rose Queen'

    Choose this for a shady spot or corner, where it will thrive in even the toughest conditions. Excellent for ground cover, at the front of borders or to edge shady paths.

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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…

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.