Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D
Acanthus

Acanthus

Aconitum

Aconitum

An elegant woodlander, climbing forms in the main. Monkshoods are a distinct blue colour that is hard to get elsewhere. Always wear gloves when handling as ALL parts of the plant are poisonous.
Actaea

Actaea

Adoxa

Adoxa

Ajuga

Ajuga

Alchemilla

Alchemilla

Common as muck and tough as old boots, but for dry shade or somewhere the occasional football or foot may land ideal. Deer and rabbit resistant. Can be used to great effect on planted driveways as shown in the RHS Garden Magazine November 2015.
Anemone - Spring  Flowering

Anemone - Spring Flowering

Anemone - Summer & Autumn Flowering

Anemone - Summer & Autumn Flowering

A variety of anemones for shade, from Spring until Autumn.
Aquilegia

Aquilegia

Shade tolerant Aquilegia from the temperate northern hemisphere.
Aruncus

Aruncus

Tall and short growing forms for moisture retentive soils. Good Autumn colour.
Asarum

Asarum

Aster

Aster

Woodland Asters suitable for a shady spot in the garden and valuable Autumn flowers
Astilbe

Astilbe

We are not mad about the bolt upright arendsii hybrids but are happy to grow the more graceful weeping varieties as well the dwarf crisped forms.
Astrantia

Astrantia

We have a large range of these good garden plants, the very dark red forms need some sun to really colour well. They prefer fertile and moist conditions.
Bergenia

Bergenia

The modern cultivars are much better than the old forms, in both flower and foliage.
Brunnera

Brunnera

Plants highly valued for their foliage as well as flowers.
Caltha

Caltha

Campanula

Campanula

Cardamine

Cardamine

Chelonopsis

Chelonopsis

Chrysoplenium

Chrysoplenium

A group of on the whole moisture loving creeping plants from Asia.
Convallaria

Convallaria

Corydalis

Corydalis

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen both Spring and Autumn flowering.
Cypripedium

Cypripedium

Dicentra

Dicentra

Digitalis

Digitalis

Disporopsis

Disporopsis

Disporum

Disporum

Dodecatheon

Dodecatheon

Shooting stars; unusual members of the Primula family from North America.
Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D

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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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