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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Geranium 'Ann Folkard'

    Geranium 'Ann Folkard' has bright-green foliage topped by contrasting magenta flowers, this is in bloom for months, well on into the autumn in the oast garden at Perch Hill. Perennial geraniums are classic cottage garden late spring and summerflowering perennials, with their large decorative saucer…

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    Geranium 'Rozanne'

    Geranium 'Rozanne' is one of the best of the violet-blue perennial geraniums. This flowers for months at a stretch. You can cut it to the ground when it begins to look tired and up it pops to flower again.Perennial geraniums are classic cottage garden late spring and summer-flowering perennials,…

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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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    Polygonatum hybridum (Solomon's Seal)

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

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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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    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 × '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 '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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    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…

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.