Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D
Acanthus

Acanthus

Aconitum

Aconitum

An elegant woodlander, climbing forms in the main. Monkshoods are a distinct blue colour that is hard to get elsewhere. Always wear gloves when handling as all parts of the plant are poisonous.
Actaea

Actaea

Adoxa

Adoxa

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.
Allium

Allium

Anemone

Anemone

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

Aquilegia

Shade tolerant Aquilegia from the temperate northern hemisphere.
Arisaema

Arisaema

A selection of hardy forms suitable for a woodland garden.
Arum

Arum

Aruncus

Aruncus

Tall and short growing forms for moisture retentive soils.
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 gracefull weeping varieties as well the dwarf crisped forms.
Astrantia

Astrantia

We have a large range of these good garden plants, the very dark red forms need some sun to really colour well. They prefer fertile and moist conditions.
Beesia

Beesia

An unusual plant from the woods of Yunnan. A member of the Buttercup family.
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

Cardiocrinum

Cardiocrinum

Cenolophium

Cenolophium

Convallaria

Convallaria

Cornus

Cornus

Cortusa

Cortusa

Corydalis

Corydalis

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen both Spring and Autumn flowering.
Cypripedium

Cypripedium

Dactylorhiza

Dactylorhiza

Deinanthe

Deinanthe

Dicentra

Dicentra

Digitalis

Digitalis

Disporopsis

Disporopsis

Disporum

Disporum

Dodecatheon

Dodecatheon

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

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'

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{About} Double ruby red flowered form, very good in shade, even dry shade, and will seed true.
{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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Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice'

Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice'

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'Sugar and Spice' is one of our best with shiny, lacquered leaves, which are lacy with a heavily marked center in Summer and Winter. Spring brings lightly fragrant flowers, frosted pink with a white interior.
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Geranium 'Brookside' AGM

Geranium 'Brookside' AGM

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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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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

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{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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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

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 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.
{Cultivation}
Galium will spread quite vigorously. So a plant that will survive in difficult situations.
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