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

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.
find out more

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. ...
find out more

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 ...
find out more

Doodia aspera

Doodia aspera

5.50

A new variety with reddy new fronds to 30cm tall. Native to India, Sri Lanka and Australia. Tends ...
find out more

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.
find out more

Digitalis purpurea

3.80 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (3 or more items)

The normal wild foxglove. dark pink flowers in early summer.
find out more

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.
find out more

Erigeron karvinskianus

Erigeron karvinskianus

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

A plant that will seed and flower all Summer, grows petty much anywhere but looks great in walls and steps will ...
find out more

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 ...
find out more

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.
find out more

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. Height and ...
find out more

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 ...
find out more

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. ...
find out more

Hosta 'Praying Hands'

Hosta 'Praying Hands'

6.50

An unusual hosta with thin lance shaped variegated leaves drown upwards.
find out more

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 ...
find out more

Best Selling Plants

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

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

{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.
find out more

Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

4.30 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (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 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.
find out more

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.
find out more

Special Offer Cyclamen hederifolium AGM - 8 mixed leaved forms.

Special Offer Cyclamen hederifolium AGM - 8 mixed leaved forms.

24.00

{About}
A mixed batch of leaves and flower colour, 8 x 9cm pots. Super in dry shade, August - September flowering, with flowers appearing in ethereal ring like clumps and with the good looking leaves remaining all Winter long. This collection offers great value for money.
{Cultivation}
Cyclamen hederifolium is very easy to grow in any well drained shaded spot and is one of the most tolerant of the driest dry shade. Looks glorious in drifts under deciduous trees. Plants at 20cm centres and at the same depth as the pots.


find out more

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.
find out more

Alchemilla mollis AGM

Alchemilla mollis AGM

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

Common as muck but brilliant for a tough spot. Plumes of lime green/yellow flowers in Summer. Wonderful for flower arranging and the leaves look magical with water droplets sitting on them. Very dry shade tolerant and resistant to deer and rabbits, plus the occasional football or foot.

Often used at the front of borders and complementing other flowering perennials (it looks stunning when planted with Geranium 'Rozanne'), Alchemilla can also be used most effectively to create an area of differing foliage colours and textures - it combines beautifully with small to medium sized ferns.

It will mildly seed around but it is just too useful to ignore!
find out more

Solution Graphics