Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D
Acanthus

Acanthus

Actaea

Actaea

Ajuga

Ajuga

Alchemilla

Alchemilla

Common as muck and tough as old boots, but for dry shade or somewhere the occasional football or foot may land ideal. Deer and rabbit resistant. Can be used to great effect on planted driveways as shown in the RHS Garden Magazine November 2015.
Anemone

Anemone

A variety of anemones for shade, from Spring until Autumn.
Aquilegia

Aquilegia

Shade tolerant Aquilegia from the temperate northern hemisphere.
Asarum

Asarum

Aster

Aster

Woodland Asters suitable for a shady spot in the garden and valuable Autumn flowers
Astilbe

Astilbe

We don't like the bolt upright arendsii hybrids but are happy to grow the more graceful weeping varieties as well the dwarf crisped forms.
Bergenia

Bergenia

The modern cultivars are much better than the old forms, in both flower and foliage.
Brunnera

Brunnera

Plants highly valued for their foliage as well as flowers.
Caltha

Caltha

Campanula

Campanula

Cardamine

Cardamine

Cautleya

Cautleya

Cautleya thrive in moist, humus-rich soils and are most at home in the shade of trees and shrubs or in a mixed border if the soils do not dry out. Plant deeply with at least 10cm (4ins) of soil above the rhizomes.
Cenolophium

Cenolophium

Chelonopsis

Chelonopsis

Chrysoplenium

Chrysoplenium

A group of on the whole moisture loving creeping plants from Asia.
Convallaria

Convallaria

Corydalis

Corydalis

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen both Spring and Autumn flowering.
Cypripedium

Cypripedium

Digitalis

Digitalis

Disporopsis

Disporopsis

Dodecatheon

Dodecatheon

Shooting stars; unusual members of the Primula family from North America.
Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D

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Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

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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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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

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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.
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Galium will spread quite vigorously. So a plant that will survive in difficult situations.
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Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'

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

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Geranium nodosum

Geranium nodosum

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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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Tiarella 'Pink Brushes'

Tiarella 'Pink Brushes'

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A new hybrid amongst the longest flowering of any form, (so very long flowering), well marked evergreen foliage with masses of pink flowers. Good in shade even dryish shade.
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Gillenia trifoliata AGM

Gillenia trifoliata AGM

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A plant that has become increasingly popular as gardeners recognise its quiet beauty. White star flowers that have a fluttering butterfly quality about them, reddish stems and calyxs, followed by berries and coloured foliage in Autumn. A semi-shaded well drained spot will have this flowering most of the Summer. Use to the front of a shade border to fully appreciate its beauty. A rhizomatous perennial, that is graually clump forming.
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