Shade Plant Specialists

Long Acre Plants is essentially a mail order plantsman's nursery, situated in a hidden triangle of Somerset that slides into Dorset and Wiltshire. We specialise in unusual woodland plants and plants for shade, by mail order. This includes Erythronium, Epimedium, hardy ferns, hardy geraniums, hellebores (Helleborus), snowdrops, Viola odorata and Hepatica amongst many other shade loving plants.
Plants are the reason for this business and with a very few exceptions we grow what we like, for all the usual human reasons of association, perception of what is beautiful or just inexplicable love.
We try and grow in an environmentally aware way, including peat free compost, collecting and recycling rain water and using recycled paper. Plus all electricity used in the nursery and office is generated by wind or hydro, not through burning fossil fuels.
Shade Plant Specialists
Geranium

Geranium

Hardy geraniums are amazingly good in shade, even dry shade. The geranium forms we offer are Summer flowering so often give colour to shady areas during the most difficult time. We find that hardy geraniums combine well with Spring bulbs; eg snowdrops through to Erythronium. Geraniums cover the gaps after the bulbs finish and give another season of colour. A few will even keep their leaves through a mildish Winter too!

Hardy Ferns

We offer an extensive and large range of wonderful hardy woodland or shadeygarden ferns, evergreen and deciduous. As a rule, ferns are best in shade, but some ferns will take almost full sun. Some are good in dry soils others in moist. Ferns fit into many different styles of garden, Japanese gardens, woodland gardens, cottage gardens, courtyards and containers, city gardens, tropical/ foliage style gardens even alpine gardens can look wonderful with a range of dwarf ferns, as well as pure ferns gardens or stumperies. Ferns fit into practically all garden situations and combine well with other plants. For example, deciduous ferns can be grown successfully in the same situation as a large Winter/Spring bulb displays, with aconites, Cyclamen, Galanthus, Narcissus and Erythronium etc.
Hardy Ferns
Helleborus

Helleborus

We have a large range of hellebores available for immediate delivery. These hellebores are hand pollinated, vigorous breeding, line produced plants that are of a type but all slightly different. Hellebores are great plants for the woodland garden and come in a large range of colours and are pretty much trouble free. We do have some unusual forms such as Double Helleborus niger and Helleborus thibetanus available.

Tiarella

Tiarella is a lovely genus of plants, hugely developed over the last few years. The basic running Tiarella cordifolia, or foamflower, and the clump forming Tiarella wherryi, have been developed into a number of very shade tolerant, and once established, dry shade tolerant plants. The new Tiarella forms are evergreen but change throughout the year, with leaf colour and form. An incredibly verstaile and pretty plant.
Tiarella
Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a genus with a number of non-hardy species, but there are also some very hardy species of Cyclamen which thrive in a woodland or shady garden. Early Autumn flowering Cyclamen hederifolium will just about grow anywhere. Winter flowering Cyclamen coum is also is very tolerant of shade, even thriving under walnut trees, where growth in many other plants is greatly supressed.

New Woodland Plants

Hosta 'Praying Hands'

Hosta 'Praying Hands'

6.50

An unusual hosta with thin lance shaped variegated leaves drown upwards.
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Hosta venusta

Hosta venusta

5.00

A small hosta with lance shaped mid green leaves. It is a very good flowering hosta with masses of light purple ...
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Athyrium minimum

4.00

A very dwarf species lady fern from the far east. Deciduous with fresh green foliage to around 15 cm tall.
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Tiarella 'Appalachian Trail'

Tiarella 'Appalachian Trail'

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.80 (3 or more items)

A ground cover Tiarella with strongly red/black marked green leaves
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Tiarella 'Running Tiger'

Tiarella 'Running Tiger'

4.80 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (3 or more items)

A ground cover Tiarella with striped mottled leaves and white flowers. Spreads gradually with overground stolons.
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Hosta 'Twilight'

Hosta 'Twilight'

6.50

A medium to large hosta with a broad white border, very vigorous and a good doer.
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Cardamine raphinafolia

4.95

A species from Easter Europe that has good pink flowers over water cress like foliage, which tastes like watercress as well ...
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Vinca minor 'Evelyn'

Vinca minor 'Evelyn'

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (3 or more items)

A white flowered silver variegated vinca, easy in dry shade.
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Hosta 'Independence'

Hosta 'Independence'

6.50

A medium to large Hosta with a wide white band around the bright green leaves. The white variegation having flecks of ...
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Caltha palustris Polypetala

Caltha palustris Polypetala

4.20

Similar to the standard marsh marigold but has multi-headed cymes of flowers.
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Acanthus hungaricus 'White Lips'

Acanthus hungaricus 'White Lips'

5.50

More compact and refined tha mollis with sharper looking leaves but soft not spiny. Easy in dry shade. With prominant white ...
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Tiarella 'Oregon Trail'

Tiarella 'Oregon Trail'

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.80 (3 or more items)

A carpetting white flowered variety with well cut dark marked leaves. One of the best of the new forms.
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Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

4.80

A small Hosta with thick textured rounded leaves. Very popular and due to it's thick texture quite slug resistent.
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Pulmonaria 'Apple Frost'

Pulmonaria 'Apple Frost'

4.95

Charming silver frost over Bramley apple green leaves. Compact habit. Mildew resistant and pleasing rose to blue flowers are a plus. ...
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Asplenium trichomanes 'Cristatum' AGM

3.95

A relatively unusual crested form of the maidenhair spleenwort.
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Best Selling Plants

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

4.30 (2 or fewer items) 3.80 (3 or more items)

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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Tiarella 'Pink Brushes'

Tiarella 'Pink Brushes'

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (3 or more items)

A new hybrid amongst the longest flowering of any form, (so very long flowering), well marked evergreen foliage with masses of pink flowers. Good in shade even dryish shade.
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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

4.30 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (3 or more items)

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We were asked for sweet woodruff so often that we now grow it. Mythical thug for a shady spot where it can spread and display its 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 at Mottisfont forming a wonderful ground cover under a fig tree.
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Galium will spread quite vigorously. So a plant that will survive in difficult situations.
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Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum Moly'

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum Moly'

4.50

Broad leaves, wavy edged like an Elizabethan’s ruff. Evergreen. To 30cm-45cm tall. As easy to grow as the species but stays in good condition all year around due to it's sterile nature. A very handsome fern.
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' AGM

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'  AGM

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (3 or more items)

PP13859 PBR 1799
Fully silvered leaves and blue flowers in Spring. Shows great vigour even in dry conditions. Will gradually form a good size plant.
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Geranium 'Brookside' AGM

Geranium 'Brookside' AGM

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (3 or more items)

I think this is one of the best introductions of the last ten years, compact habit with clear blue white eyed flowers over a long time.
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