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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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    Astrantia major 'Shaggy'

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

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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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    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…

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.