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

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.
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Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

4.95

A lovely white flowered double primrose with a ruff of green behind the flowers. Typical primrose conditions.
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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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Hosta - Cultivars K to Z

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Please remember these are all pot grown, well established plants and will be supplied in pots ready to plant out, not ...
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Dryopteris dilatata AGM

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (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 (2 or fewer items) 4.95 (3 or more items)

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

5.95

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'

6.95 (2 or fewer items) 6.50 (3 or more items)

A very good Halcyon sport with blue edges and a yellow-blue centre. Medium sized. Neat and strong growing.
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Best Selling Plants

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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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

3.80 (2 or fewer items) 3.30 (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.
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Polystichum munitum AGM

Polystichum munitum AGM

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (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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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

4.30 (2 or fewer items) 3.80 (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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Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty' AGM

Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty' AGM

4.50

Easy and lovely form of Erythronium californicum, best of the whites for the garden. Tends to multiply at a steady rate. Slightly marbled leaves.

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Asplenium scolopendrium AGM

Asplenium scolopendrium AGM

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (3 or more items)

The native wild form of this easy evergreen fern. Strap shaped, long undivided fronds giving the plant it's common name Hart's (deer) Tongue fern. Grows better on alkaline to neutral soils. Happy in damp shade but also in dry shade once established.
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