The Last Shipping Day Prior to Christmas is Thursday the 15th of Dec. Then Open Again on Tuesday the 3rd of Jan.


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.
The Last Shipping Day Prior to Christmas is Thursday the 15th of Dec. Then Open Again on Tuesday the  3rd of Jan.
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

Dryopteris dilatata AGM

3.80 (2 or fewer items) 3.30 (3 or more items)

The wild broad buckler fern, tends to like moisture retentive soil. Very easy and tough.
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Cyrtomium devexiscapulae

Cyrtomium devexiscapulae

5.50

A taller growing evergreen fern to 60cm or more. Similar to Cyrtomium falcatum but hardier and with extended sickle shaped pinnules. ...
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Dryopteris kuratae

Dryopteris kuratae

5.50

NEW. An unusual species named after a Japanese botanist. Native to moist woodlands of eastern Asia. Evergreen to around ...
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Doodia aspera

Doodia aspera

5.50

A new variety with reddy new fronds to 30cm tall. Native to India, Sri Lanka and Australia. Tends ...
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Hosta 'Dinner Jacket'

Hosta 'Dinner Jacket'

6.50

A very good Halcyon sport with blue edges and a yellow-blue centre. Medium sized. Neat and strong growing.
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Digitalis purpurea

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

The normal wild foxglove. dark pink flowers in early summer.
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Hosta 'Lakeside Spellbinder'

Hosta 'Lakeside Spellbinder'

6.50

A new form with a pale cream centre to the mid green leaves. Medium sized and neat.
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Erigeron karvinskianus AGM

Erigeron karvinskianus AGM

3.80 (2 or fewer items) 3.30 (3 or more items)

A plant that will flower all Summer, and intime gently seed about. Grows petty much anywhere but looks great in ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Two Kings'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Two Kings'

4.95

A medium sized selection with green foliage and very striking, bracted, large white flowers in the Autumn. As with ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Pink Candy'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Pink Candy'

4.95

A more compact selection with neat green foliage and bright pink flowers in masses covering the plant in Autumn.
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Beautiful Girl'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Beautiful Girl'

4.95

A medium sized growing Sax fortunei with dark flushed foliage and bright red/deep pink flowers in the Autumn. Spread to ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Elegance'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Elegance'

4.95

A fine new form with large clear white flowers in masses in October and November. Needs a moisture retentive, but not ...
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Meconopsis cambrica 'Frances Perry'

4.50

An orangey red strain of the above, comes out darker. Named for a great plantswomen and author from north London. ...
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Hosta 'Praying Hands' AGM

Hosta 'Praying Hands' AGM

6.50

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

Hosta venusta AGM

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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Best Selling Plants

Tiarella 'Angel Wings'

Tiarella 'Angel Wings'

5.95 (2 or fewer items) 5.50 (3 or more items)

An exciting new hybrid and amongst the longest flowering of any form, (so very long flowering indeed!), well marked evergreen foliage with masses of pale pink flowers. Good in shade even dryish shade.

Just about the best of the new hybrids we think!
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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Mount Olympus White' AGM

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Mount Olympus White' AGM

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

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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Polystichum munitum AGM

Polystichum munitum AGM

3.80 (2 or fewer items) 3.30 (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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Myrrhis odorata

Myrrhis odorata

5.95 (2 or fewer items) 5.50 (3 or more items)

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Sweet Cicely, fully deciduous. In Spring it produces beautiful soft, hairy, pale green leaves, and then later small heads of cow parsley type flowers. Brushing past it releases the sweet aniseed scent, and it's often used in the preparation of stewed fruit to reduce the amount of sugar needed. A must for the herb or wild garden.
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Grows well in dry shade, though best with semi-shade.
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Geranium nodosum

Geranium nodosum

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.55 (3 or more items)

Bluish pearly pink flowers. A nice form of this woodland toughy from the Old Rectory, Burghfield. Will seed around to a certain extent and thrive in pretty much the driest position. An incredibly useful Geranium, a great candidate for underplanting in shaded and wooded spots.
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

4.45 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (3 or more items)

Predictably large with blue flowers. One of the best of the good flowering forms, and strong evergreen foliage.
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