We are continuing sending mail order daily. But the nursery is closed to visitors to protect the staff during the coronovirus outbreak.

The 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. We endeavour to make our packaging as environmentally friendly as possible. The packing cases we use are made from recycled PET which can be recycled again so creating a closed loop and having the best carbon footprint.
The 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 shady 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 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

Asplenium adiantum-nigrum

5.50

Native to a large area of the world including the UK. Common name is the Black Spleenwort derived from the black ...
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Primula sieboldii 'Oshibori'

Primula sieboldii 'Oshibori'

4.95

A lovely for with rose pink backed pale pink / white flowers. Primula sieboldii are great primula for a woodland ...
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Caltha palustris Plena

5.80

The double form of the native king cup or marsh marigold.
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Polypodium calirhiza 'Sarah Lyman'

Polypodium calirhiza 'Sarah Lyman'

6.00

A species from Western USA and Mexico. Quite vigorous. In this form has a very upright habit with cut and acute ...
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Best Selling Plants

Athyrium niponicum 'Silver Falls' AGM

Athyrium niponicum 'Silver Falls' AGM

5.60 (2 or fewer items) 5.20 (3 or more items)

Height 30cm Spread 50cm
The best silvered form we have come across, similar growing to the species.
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Asplenium scolopendrium AGM

Asplenium scolopendrium AGM

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

The native wild form of this easy and very useful 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. This fern works brilliantly with other ferns, hostas and bergenias.
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Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

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

A fine divisilobum form of the soft shield fern. A beautiful, elegant form of this easy very tolerant fern even of dry soils. Makes a very good subject for a container.
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Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'

Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'

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

Pinnae cross over; a quite extraordinarily beautiful plant. This is a very good form that has been vegetatively propagated so producing a uniform high quality plant. Deciduous.
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Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

5.40 (2 or fewer items) 4.95 (3 or more items)

A most magnificent fern from the Himalayas and Japan, although named after the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich. The young unfolding fronds are a golden green in the Spring contrasting well with the hairy black midrib and stems. Needs moist conditions though not boggy and avoid dry alkaline soils. Evergreen.
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Asplenium trichomanes AGM

Asplenium trichomanes AGM

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

The native maidenhair spleenwort, common around here in walls, but good at the front of a shady border, trough or rock garden. Evergreen. A little beauty.
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