Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D
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.
Anemanthele

Anemanthele

Actaea

Actaea

Anemone - Spring  Flowering

Anemone - Spring Flowering

Anemone - Summer & Autumn Flowering

Anemone - Summer & Autumn Flowering

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

Aquilegia

Shade tolerant Aquilegia from the temperate northern hemisphere.
Aster

Aster

Woodland Asters suitable for a shady spot in the garden and valuable Autumn flowers
Aspidistra

Aspidistra

Suprisingly hardy but probably best in a sheltered situation.
Adoxa

Adoxa

Anemonopsis

Anemonopsis

A real aristocrat from the wood covered hillsides of Japan.
Arisaema

Arisaema

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

Astilbe

We are not mad about the bolt upright arendsii hybrids but are happy to grow the more graceful weeping varieties as well the dwarf crisped forms.
Beesia

Beesia

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

Begonia

Caltha

Caltha

Cardamine

Cardamine

Cautleya

Cautleya

Cautleya thrive in moist, humus-rich soils and are most at home in the shade of trees and shrubs or in a mixed border if the soils do not dry out. Plant deeply with at least 10cm (4ins) of soil above the rhizomes.
Chrysoplenium

Chrysoplenium

A group of on the whole moisture loving creeping plants from Asia.
Convallaria

Convallaria

Corydalis

Corydalis

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen both Spring and Autumn flowering.
Deinanthe

Deinanthe

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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Meconopsis cambrica

Meconopsis cambrica

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Welsh poppies, should possibly be a true poppy or indeed the only true meconopsis. They will seed around and naturalise in shaded beds and always look refreshingly lovely. Maybe not for the tidiest of gardeners but suited to a more, how shall I say, informal and naturalistic approach! Mainly orange but you may get a yellow or red (Frances Perry).
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Asplenium scolopendrium AGM

Asplenium scolopendrium AGM

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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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Woodwardia fimbriata AGM

Woodwardia fimbriata AGM

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Hardy giant chain fern from North America. Fronds tend to go up and outwards not arching over. Evergreen.
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Polystichum setiferum 'Divisilobum Wollaston'

Polystichum setiferum 'Divisilobum Wollaston'

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Long and lacy fronds on this fine form. Evergreen. Good in dry shade.
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Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

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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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Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

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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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