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

Coniogramme emiensis

6.50

Mottled yellow and green fronds on this new introduction from China. Proving hardy so far. A good new introduction to a ...
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Geranium nodosum 'Glos de Coudrey'

4.95

A good ground cover for dry soils, this cultivar has pretty bluish purple flowers with a white edge. Similar to White ...
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Silene fimbiata

3.95

A great prett white floered as wild looking Silene. Bell shaped, bonnet like, fringed flowers easy in shade. A ...
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Dryopteris dilatata 'Jimmy Dyce'

Dryopteris dilatata  'Jimmy Dyce'

5.95

A crisped mid green, with blueish tints, form of this common easy native ferns. The broad buckler ferns do better with ...
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Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy'

5.50

Arrow shaped leaves with a purple flash and silver highlights, not running with small white flowers.
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Athyrium nipponicum 'Pearly White'

Athyrium nipponicum 'Pearly White'

5.95

A form with silvery white fronds and little red/bronze flushes.
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Primula 'Kennedy Irish Dunbeg'

4.95

Dark redish bronze leaves with apricot centered peach coloured flowers. A very good single primrose cultivar.
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Primula 'Ballerina Valentine'

4.95

A dark rich red double primrose, quite one of the nicest of the newer cultivars. Fantastic, strong plants.
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Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

4.95

A lovely creamy white flowered double primrose with a ruff of green behind the flowers. Typical primrose conditions. Good handsome ...
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Polystichum xiphophyllum

Polystichum xiphophyllum

5.95

The Asian silver sabre fern. Long glossy fronds with a silver cast. Not for dry shade but lovely for a north ...
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Polystichum neolabatum

Polystichum neolabatum

5.95

A super evergreen fern with glossy fronds and an upright habit. An elegant fern. From Asia and would need ...
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Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla'

Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla'

5.95

A new cultivar, larger growing than other forms. Creates quite a stunning large pot.
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Pulmonaria 'Samurai'

5.95

Long sword shaped leaves fully silvered with bright blue flowers in Spring
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Cardamine pratensis 'Alba Flora Plena'

4.80

The classic white double flowered form of this native plant.
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Anemone - Wind Flowers- Spring Flowering

Anemone is a huge genus, mostly from the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, and a number of forms have evolved. ...
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Best Selling Plants

Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (3 or more items)

{About}
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 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 at Mottisfont forming a wonderful ground cover under a fig tree.
{Cultivation}
Galium will spread quite vigorously. So a plant that will survive in difficult situations.
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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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Geranium nodosum

Geranium nodosum

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.85 (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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Vinca minor f.alba 'Gertrude Jekyll' AGM

Vinca minor f.alba 'Gertrude Jekyll' AGM

3.50 (2 or fewer items) 2.95 (3 or more items)

{Description} A lovely low growing, compact white flowered form. Short evergreen leaved stems produce a succession of refreshing white flowers from mid Spring and into the Summer. Bushy plants.
{Cultivation} Vinca minor, including this form, is very tolerant of a wide range of conditions but thrives in dryish deciduous shade. On the whole very easy.
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Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

5.45 (2 or fewer items) 4.95 (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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Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram' AGM

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram' AGM

5.45 (2 or fewer items) 4.95 (3 or more items)

A blue-chip and striking Spring woodlander, comparatively large blue flowers in masses in Spring and possibly the odd one in Autumn too. Slowing spreading to form a mat of foliage. Evergreen and quite charming. Likes woodsy conditions and combines beautifully with spring bulbs and ferns. I have seen it used as a very stylish underplant in a formal courtyard garden too.
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