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

Alchemilla erythropoda

4.95

A much more compact species, with similar ability to grow practicaly anywhere and brigh yellow flowers. The leaves are smaller with ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Gelbes Monster'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Gelbes Monster'

4.95

A medium to large variety with large bracted creamy white flowers in the Autumn. Much more attractive than its name ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Shiranami' AGM

Saxifraga fortunei 'Shiranami' AGM

4.95

A compact green leaved variety which produces a mass of clean white flowers with notched petals in the Autumn.
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Hosta 'Remember Me' AGM

Hosta 'Remember Me' AGM

6.80

A medium and compact Hosta with bright yellow to creamy white centres to the leaves and mid green margin.
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Hosta 'Cathedral Windows' AGM

6.80

A wonderful new Hosta with a wide green margin and a bright greeny yellow centre. Similar to 'Stained Glass' but more ...
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Tiarella 'Emerald Ellie'

Tiarella 'Emerald Ellie'

5.95

A new clump forming variety with deeply cut leaves with dark centres. Pretty white flowers all the growing season.. Evergreen and ...
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Dryopteris koidzumiana

Dryopteris koidzumiana

5.95

Related to Dryopteris erythrosora 'Prolifica', it is a medium growing species with deep rusty red new fronds of medium build. Moisture ...
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Convallaria majalis 'Fragrant Gold'

6.00

A good golden yellow leaved form, typical flowers.
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Impatiens omieana 'Pink Nerves'

Impatiens omieana 'Pink Nerves'

4.90

A stunning!!<>!! new!!<>!! form with bright red-bronze leaves, with pink/red lower surfaces and reddish stems. Orange/yellow flowers with striking spurs in ...
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Coniogramme emiensis

6.50

Very rarely seen, so we are thrilled to be able to offer it. Mottled yellow and green fronds on this ...
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Geranium nodosum 'Glos de Coudrey'

4.95

A good ground cover for dry soils, this cultivar has pretty bluish purple flowers with a white edge. Similar to White ...
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Silene fimbriata

Silene fimbriata

3.95

A very pretty white flowered and wild looking Silene. Bell shaped, bonnet like, fringed flowers easy in shade. A ...
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Dryopteris dilatata 'Jimmy Dyce'

Dryopteris dilatata  'Jimmy Dyce'

5.95

A crisped mid green, with blueish tints, form of this common, easy native fern. The broad buckler ferns do better with ...
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Persicaria microcephala 'Purple Fantasy'

Persicaria microcephala 'Purple Fantasy'

4.95

Very unusual arrow shaped leaves with a purple flash and silver highlights, non running, and with small white flowers. Stunning ...
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Athyrium niponicum 'Pearly White'

Athyrium niponicum 'Pearly White'

5.95

A form with silvery white fronds and little red/bronze flushes.
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Best Selling Plants

SPECIAL OFFER: Cyclamen coum AGM x 8 mixed 9cm pots

SPECIAL OFFER: Cyclamen coum AGM x 8  mixed 9cm pots

26.00

For naturalizing, established in 9cm pots, either white or pink flowers and a mixture of leaf forms. Fantastic value for money.
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Matteuccia struthiopteris AGM

Matteuccia struthiopteris AGM

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (3 or more items)

The shuttlecock fern, vigorous and striking. Needs some moisture to reach full size. Deciduous.
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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

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


A very useful groundcover for tough, dry shady conditions.

A mythical thug for a shady spot where it can spread and display its fragrant 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 in the walled garden at NT Mottisfont forming a wonderful ground cover under a fig tree.
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Galium will spread quite vigorously, but it is a plant that will survive the toughest of dry shady conditions.
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Cyclamen coum 'Album'

Cyclamen coum 'Album'

3.80 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (3 or more items)

A pure white flowered selection of this excellent garden plant.

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Tiarella 'Emerald Ellie'

Tiarella 'Emerald Ellie'

5.95

A new clump forming variety with deeply cut leaves with dark centres. Pretty white flowers all the growing season..
Evergreen and strong growing.
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Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.50 (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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