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

Cautleya

Cautleya

Cautleya thrive in moist, humus-rich soils and are most at home in the shade of trees and shrubs or in a mixed border if the soils do not dry out. Plant deeply with at least 10cm (4ins) of soil above the rhizomes.
Chelonopsis

Chelonopsis

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.
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Galium will spread quite vigorously, but it is a plant that will survive the toughest of dry shady conditions.
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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Mount Olympus White' AGM

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Mount Olympus White' AGM

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syn Geranium mac. 'White Ness'. An easy, hardy, evergreen Geranium. Very good in dry shade. Forms good ground cover with fragrant foliage. Pure white flowers over most of the Summer starting in late May. This is a pure albino with no hint of pink in the calyx or flower.

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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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Epimedium x warleyense

Epimedium x warleyense

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An old variety, but for dry shade, a plant that’s hard to beat. Orange flowers in Spring and green mottled leaves all year. European type.
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Polystichum munitum AGM

Polystichum munitum AGM

4.20 (2 or fewer items) 3.80 (3 or more items)

The American sword fern. Well known and long cultivated in this country. Easy and very effective. Evergreen.
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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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