Long Acre Plants
Charlton Musgrove
nr Wincanton
Somerset
BA9 8EX

email: info@plantsforshade.co.uk


From 2021 we will be mail order only. Monday - Friday, The collection of orders previously placed on line is available. Sadly we found that the sales area was not justifying the work that went into it and we are now using the space more effectively for growing more lovely things and plant despatch.



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Long Acre Plants is signposted in both directions on the B3081 between Charlton Musgrove and the A303.
From the A303 at the Tinkers Hill exit, take the road to Wincanton/Bayford. At the Hunters Lodge take the B3081 to Bruton and Charlton Musgrove, after half a mile you will pass Hillside Farm on your left, the road narrows and slopes down and you go through a dip with a stone house (Whitelodge) on your right. Please indicate right! As you rise out of the dip there is a small lane on the right. The Nursery is 50 yards down this lane. Please park carefully.
From Bruton
Take the B3081 to Wincanton and Gillingham. After about 5 miles as you rise up a hill before you get to the Racecourse, you will see a sign post pointing left to Gillingham, again the B3081. Take this road and drive right through Charlton Musgrove. A series of winding bends and eventually a sign pointing right to Rectory Lane will follow. Don't take this but travel 200 yards further on to a small lane on your left. The Nursery is 50 yards down this lane. Please park carefully.

We are three miles or so from the new Piet Oudolf garden at Hauser & Wirth in Bruton, Somerset. It's a beautiful garden to visit and has its own restaurant. Best to contact them ahead of time to book at table. www.hauserwirthsomerset.com/garden. We also have the National Trust Stourhead Gardens just to the East of us, the most beautiful landscape garden at any time of the year.
Meet the Team
Nigel and Michelle - the nursery founders - met in 1987 at Wisley and established Long Acre Plants in 1997.
Kate - has worked at the Nursery in since 2010, and deals with sales, orders and customer advice and is in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Magda - has also been here since 2010 and handles plant propogation and plant selection.
Neil - handles all aspects of plant production.
Tracey - handles plant despatch along with Dillon, a springer spaniel, an occasional part time canine attendee!
Adrian - looks after plant propogation.
Lara joined the team in 2017 and works across the nursery. She is often joined by Edward, her terrier, who sports his very own high vis jacket!

The entire team are keen gardeners and share many formal horticultural qualifications and decades of gardening exprience.

Best Selling Plants

Adiantum venustum AGM

Adiantum venustum AGM

5.95 (2 or fewer items) 5.80 (3 or more items)

The hardy creeping maidenhair fern from the Himalayas. Will spread to form dense ground cover. Evergreen. Not for very dry soils.
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Polystichum munitum AGM

Polystichum munitum AGM

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

The American sword fern. Well known and long cultivated in this country. Easy and very effective. Evergreen.
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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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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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