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.

Hardy Ferns

We offer an extensive and large range of wonderful hardy woodland or shade garden 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 style of gardens, 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.
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

12 x Dry shade ferns

12 x Dry shade ferns

30.00

These are a mixed collection of 12 native ferns suitable for dry shade. They will include Asplenium, Dryopteris and Polystichum ...
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Molopospernum peloponesiacum

Molopospernum peloponesiacum

5.50

A very lovely umbel from southern Europe, with deeply dissected foliage and flat heads of white flowers. Like some shade and ...
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Hosta Krossa Regal

Hosta Krossa Regal

6.00

Taller more vase shaped plant shape with longer petioles. Good blue distinct form.
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Primula pulvulenta

Primula pulvulenta

3.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.00 (3 or more items)

A vigorous red-purple flowered candelabra primula.
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Wulfenia x schwarzii

Wulfenia x schwarzii

4.50

An interesting evergreen rosette forming perennial to 30cm high. Related to and in the same family as plantains these are ...
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Pulmonaria 'Silverado'

Pulmonaria 'Silverado'

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

A typical red purple flowered variety but with good foliage all throufg the growing season. Silerv white foliage with a green ...
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Epimedium 'Mandarin Star'

6.00

A white flowered cultivar, evergreen with starry white flowers with a yellow centre.
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Lamium galeobdolon 'Kirkcudbright Dwarf'

2.95

A compact form of the native yellow archangel with silver marked foliage with spikes of pale yellow flowers. Not invasive, but ...
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Geranium phaeum 'Waterer's Blue'

Geranium phaeum 'Waterer's Blue'

5.50

A pale blue selection, sometimes lavender blue sometimes ice blue once established. From the Somerset garden of Rozanne Waterer, who's first ...
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Best Selling Plants

Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

4.80 (2 or fewer items) 4.25 (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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Geranium nodosum

Geranium nodosum

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (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.
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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (3 or more items)


{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 '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 'Brookside' AGM

Geranium 'Brookside' AGM

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (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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Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'St Ola'

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (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.
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