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

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'

3.95

A relatively unusual crested form of the maidenhair spleenwort.
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x Mukgenia 'Nova Flame'

x Mukgenia 'Nova Flame'

5.80 (2 or fewer items) 5.20 (3 or more items)

An exciting new bi-generic hybrid between Mukdenia and Bergenia with serrated crimson edged elliptical leaves forming low compact mounds and deep ...
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Asplenium x ebenoides AGM

Asplenium x ebenoides AGM

3.95

A naturally occurring hybrid of Asplenium platyneuron and the Walking Fern, Camptosorus (Asplenium) rhizophyllus. Very rarely available commercially, from ...
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Hosta 'Ivory Coast'

Hosta 'Ivory Coast'

6.50

Medium to large hosta with a broad lime cream edge and bluish centre.
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x Heucherella 'Art Nouveau'

x Heucherella 'Art Nouveau'

5.50

A large growing x Heucherella with deep yellow green leaves and a violet heart. Masses of white flowers in Summer. Lovely ...
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x Heucherella 'Art Deco'

x Heucherella 'Art Deco'

5.50

A fine new European hybrid that has that quality of an old barbour jacket! Lovely mottled bronze foliage. White ...
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Hosta 'Fragrant Blue'

Hosta 'Fragrant Blue'

6.50

A medium sized hosta with bright blue leaves and fragrant white flowers in Summer.
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Geranium nodosum 'Silverwood'

Geranium nodosum 'Silverwood'

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

A fully white flowered form of Geranium nodosum that will easily cope with dry shade. Maybe not quite as vigorous as ...
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Tricyrtis formosana 'Blue Wonder'

Tricyrtis formosana 'Blue Wonder'

4.50

Depending on soil pH and such, will flower blue more reliably than other cultivars. Does depend upon your soil though. ...
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Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin'

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin'

5.50 (2 or fewer items) 4.95 (3 or more items)

A lovely white form of the native ragged robin, easy. A little beauty.
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12 x Dry shade ferns

12 x Dry shade ferns

36.00

These are a mixed collection of 12 x native fern cultivars suitable for dry shade. They will include Asplenium, Dryopteris ...
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Molopospernum peloponesiacum

Molopospernum peloponesiacum

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

A very lovely umbel from southern Europe, with deeply dissected foliage and flat heads of white flowers. Likes some shade and ...
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Best Selling Plants

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.
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Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'

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

True pink flowers over darkly marked deeply cut wherryi type foliage.

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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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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 'Brookside' AGM

Geranium 'Brookside' AGM

5.95 (2 or fewer items) 5.50 (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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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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