Plants for shade >  Perennials A - D
Acanthus

Acanthus

Actaea

Actaea

Alchemilla

Alchemilla

Common as muck and tough as old boots, but for dry shade or somewhere the occasional football or foot may land ideal. Deer and rabbit resistant. Can be used to great effect on planted driveways as shown in the RHS Garden Magazine November 2015.
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

Ajuga

Ajuga

Arisaema

Arisaema

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

Asarum

Bergenia

Bergenia

The modern cultivars are much better than the old forms, in both flower and foliage.
Begonia

Begonia

Brunnera

Brunnera

Plants highly valued for their foliage as well as flowers.
Caltha

Caltha

Campanula

Campanula

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

Digitalis

Digitalis

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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Adiantum venustum AGM

Adiantum venustum AGM

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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

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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

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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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Asplenium trichomanes AGM

Asplenium trichomanes AGM

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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

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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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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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