Plants for shade >  Perennials E - K
Epimedium

Epimedium

A question of two groups: the old European species are happy in a drier soil, but the Chinese species are very much plants for a humus rich, moisture retentive, but not boggy, spot in some shade. Some will prefer a sheltered spot to flush them into flower in Spring. Fine wiry stems carry airy dancing star or spider like flowers. An essential plant for any garden.
Erigeron

Erigeron

Erythronium

Erythronium

A very lovely genus, their common name is Dog's Tooth Violet (from the distinctive shape of the bulb) a thing of possibly unmatched beauty in the Spring garden.
Euphorbia

Euphorbia

A selection of real good doers for some of the most challenging spots in the shady garden. Poisonous and take care when handling Euphorbia as the latex in the sap can be an irritant to the skin.
Galium

Galium

Gentiana

Gentiana

Geranium

Geranium

A wide ranging group of plants that give an enormous amount to the garden. Those listed are herbaceous and tolerant of some shade and in many cases, very dry shady situations. Geraniums are great garden plants with long flowering periods.
Geum

Geum

Gillenia

Gillenia

Exceptionally beautifull North American woodlanders which do well in some sun in the UK. Common name Indian physic to do with its medicinal properties
Hepatica

Hepatica

Hepatica is a charming plant for the woodland garden, some are easier than others. Japanese cultivars are really only suitable for pot culture but many of the European woodland species and forms make good garden plants.
Heuchera

Heuchera

x Heucherella

x Heucherella

x Heucherella is a bi-generic hybrid from crosses between Tiarella and Heuchera.
Hosta -  A to J Cultivars

Hosta - A to J Cultivars

A group of plants from 60cm tall and wide to 2m across, we tend to list the distinct good doers.
Hosta -  K to Z Cultivars

Hosta - K to Z Cultivars

Impatiens

Impatiens

Iris

Iris

Jeffersonia

Jeffersonia

Kirengeshoma

Kirengeshoma

Plants for shade >  Perennials E - K

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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

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A very useful groundcover for tough, dry shady conditions.

A mythical thug for a shady spot where it can spread and display its fragrant white flowers in Spring. Will tolerate dry soils. It was used most effectively as ground cover in a small, shady courtyard show garden at Chelsea 2012, and can be seen in the walled garden at NT Mottisfont forming a wonderful ground cover under a fig tree.
{Cultivation}
Galium will spread quite vigorously, but it is a plant that will survive the toughest of dry shady conditions.
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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

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{About}syn Nivea. A lovely pure white strain of this good garden plant, easy in shade where is shows up wonderfully well. A native plant.
{Cultivation} Hardy and very easy in even dry shade, May and June flowering they will mildly seed around and estblish itself coming up where it wants to grow, easy to control.
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' AGM

Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' AGM

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Predictably large with blue flowers. One of the best of the good flowering forms, and strong evergreen foliage.
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Spear'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Spear'

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Fully silvered leaves and blue flowers in Spring. Shows great vigour even in dry conditions. Will gradually form a good size plant. Is similar to, but proving a better plant than Jack Frost.
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Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

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One of the very few evergreen Geraniums for the woodland garden. Short growing it forms a ground cover with pure white flowers over most of the Summer. A hybrid raised by Alan Bremnar in the Orkneys.

Once established it's very tolerant of soils that dry out in Summer in shade.
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Geranium phaeum 'Album'

Geranium phaeum 'Album'

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An excellent Geranium for shade: the white flowers will really light up a dry shady spot.
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