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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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    Tellima grandiflora

    A hugely popular plant for shade, which I have only just discovered. It's my favourite shade discovery for foliage and flowers. It cuts well too.

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    Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

    A delicate, small-flowered, single begonia, classier than all the rest and exceptionally long flowering. As a tuber, like dahlias, you can store these from one year to the next.

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    Matteuccia struthiopteris

    A brilliant ostrich fern which grows in shady, damp areas, and looks especially good planted with alliums.

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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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    Gillenia trifoliata

    An exceptionally long-flowering, shade-loving, butterfly look-a-like plant.

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    Native Fern Collection

    Create a magical woodland floor in your garden with these three easy and reliable ferns. The evergreen Asplenium and Blechnum work brilliantly with the deciduous Dryopteris, in any shady setting. Includes Asplenium scolopendrium Blechnum spicant Dryopteris filix-mas

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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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    Liriope muscari

    You can't go wrong with this evergreen, recommended for light shade beneath trees and shrubs.

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    Actaea simplex 'Pink Spire'

    Actaea are a new discovery for me, with scented flowers right through the autumn and the handsomest dark foliage that overseed in spring. Happy in shade, and seedpods are good too.

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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 to 75cm.

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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 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 'Shaggy'

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

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.