Shade Plants and Ferns

Below is our current list of shade plants and ferns in stock. There are other pot sizes available for some of them and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch.


Although highly toxic (gloves should be worn when handling), these superb plants are invaluable in light to full shade. Generally preferring moist, humus-rich soil, they will tolerate quite a bit of dryness once established. Extremely poisonous

Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ AGM       

An autumn-flowering monkshood to with stiff, dense spikes of deep rich-blue flowers in September and October. A plant well worthy of a spot in the garden where its vivid blue spires add colour right into late autumn. Our plants in the nursery do very well in a dry, shady, north facing border. Tends not to collapse and provides some winter interest. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Aconitum japonicum

Plants are cloaked in finely divided foliage with flowers atop the stems of gorgeous hooded blue flowers in late summer. Completely resistant to deer as all parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten. Grows best in part/open shade in moist, well-drained soil.

H 100cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00           

Aconitum ‘Spark’s Variety’

Navy blue buds held on wide airy spires open in late summer to reveal dark midnight-blue hooded flowers. Stems are lightly clad with dark-green, deeply-cut leaves. H 90-120 cm, S 45cm.                    1L pot          £5.50      

Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’  

Tall spires of very pale blue flowers washed grey on tallish plants. Plant in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil

H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50     


Actaea matsumurae ‘White Pearl’  

A late-flowering variety with dense, pale greenish-white spikes of flowers over attractive green leaves from mid- to late autumn in full to semi-shade and moist soil, and very effective against a dark background. H 1.8m, S 65cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group ‘Black Negligee’    

An inky black-leaved form, worth growing for the foliage alone! Pink-tinged, fragrant bottlebrush flowers from Sept to Oct in partial shade and moist soil to retain the black foliage. H 2m, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00    

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group ‘Brunette’ AGM     

One of my favourite plants. This is an outstanding, statuesque plant that looks very impressive planted in a big group. Finely lobed cocoa-coloured, matt-brown leaves are topped with long bottlebrush, pink-tinged, sweetly scented flowers in late summer and early autumn. Partial shade and a good moisture-retentive soil are required to get the best from this beauty. H 1.8m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.50


Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’       

Yes, the beautiful, variegated ground elder! Thrives in shade and makes VERY effective ground cover that never turns brown or dries out. Excellent in the leaf litter below a beech hedge, where its sage-green leaves, edged cream, are very effective at lightening up the gloom. See it at Giverny, and if it’s good enough for Monet, it’s good enough for me! H 25cm, S 90cm.                    2L pot          £6.50


Alchemilla alpine

This is a native wild flower for the rockery with decorative foliage that is grey-green above and silver hairy beneath. Bearing delicate sprays of small, greenish-yellow flowers in summer. H 20cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50  

Alchemilla mollis ‘Robustica’         

More upright than the species and with larger leaves, this vigorous plant is useful in borders and as ground cover. Prefers well-drained soil in sun or part shade. H 60cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £6.50

Alchemilla vulgaris

Almost identical to Alchemilla mollis, except it is slightly shorter in height and the flowers are smaller and greener than A. mollis. Gardeners better know the plant as a prolific self seeder - be careful as it can become invasive so cut off flowers before they get to seeding stage.

H 40cm, S 40cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50      


Anemone x hybrida ‘Honerine Jobert’       

Lovely, single, pure-white flowers, pink-tinged on the reverse with golden-yellow stamens, are produced in abundance on tall stems from September to October. Moist soil and partial shade. Very effective when planted en masse in a shady area. H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00

Anemone nemorosa 

“Wood Anemone”. A dwarf herbaceous perennial with deeply cut leaves. Solitary flowers are sometimes flushed pink on the reverse appear in spring. A woodland dweller often making carpets of white starry flowers once established. H 20cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Invaluable plants for a semi-shaded position in late spring and early summer. Combining to great effect with Anthriscus, Astrantia and early-flowering grasses. Toxic if eaten

Aquilegia vulgaris

The common granny’s bonnets with its nodding bonnet-like flowers with hooked spurs in late spring and early summer. The lush ferny green foliage forms pretty mounds that add a light texture to the planting scheme. These columbines are easy to grow and are useful for herbaceous borders and cottage gardens as well as more naturalised planting schemes including prairies. They will usually self-seed freely, but they are quite promiscuous plants that hybridise freely. If there are other aquilegias in your garden, it is possible that the next generation of plants will vary from their parent plants.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.00

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’       

Small, near-black, spur-less, double flowers on tall stems over fine foliage in late spring. For well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Perfect for shady borders or as fillers in borders. H80cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50         

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Greenapples’

Beautiful apple-white, double, spur-less flowers look amazing infront of Purple hazel, Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' and Actaea ‘Brunette’, one of my favourite planting combinations which you can see in the nursery. H 70cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’

One of my favourites with its starry, black-and-white, medium-sized flowers. It looks good with Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’, Apricot Digitalis or early-flowering Deschampsia in sun or partial shade. H 70cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot           £3.50


Arctium minus

Part of our wild flower collection, this is the Lesser Burdock. Forming a tall plant with hollow stems topped with brush-like purple flowers which appear from July to September. The bracts of the flower heads end in a burr which attaches itself to clothing and animal fur, allowing the seed to distribute over a large area. Usually found on the edges of woodland and in hedgerows it will tolerate deep shade. You can see it growing in our native garden. It takes two to four years to reach maturity to seed then die, but the large leaves create bare earth beneath for the next generation of seeds to germinate.

H 1.5m, S 90cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50



Arisarum proboscideum

Commonly known as the mouse plant this delightful wee arum will grow happily in shade under shrubs in humus rich soil. Tiny tubers increase sending up dense clusters of small shining green leaves. In May hidden among the leaves are tiny flowers, white inside with brown backs, the spathe tips extended into long thin tails which poke out among the leaves as though tiny mice had dived in, head first, to hide. Best in shade, near the edge of a path where you can stoop to see them. H 10 cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00


Aruncus aethusifolius AGM  

A great little plant that’s quite unlike any other Aruncus, with soft, ferny foliage and numerous little spikes of frothy, creamy-white flowers in summer. Good autumn colouring of pink and yellow that persists until the first hard frosts. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Aruncus ‘Guinea Fowl’

Finely cut, green foliage and an abundance of creamy-white flower plumes in summer, providing a long season of interest. Any reasonable soil in full or part shade. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Underrated plants for shape and form as well as autumn colour. Asters have a reputation for mildew but those are generally the lurid, overbred novi-belgii types and you won’t find any of these here! They are good with a multitude of late summer perennials and grasses, and generally require full sun and a free-draining, moist soil that doesn’t dry out. Very few of the ones I have here require any staking.

Aster divaricatus (Eurybia divaricata)

“Wood aster”. Fabulous perennial with shiny, black, decumbent, wiry stems. From mid-summer to mid-autumn the plant becomes an amorphous mass of tiny, pink-tinged, starry, white flowers. Good moist soil in partial shade but will tolerate quite a bit of dryness once established.

H 60cm, S 60cm.                   2L pot          £6.50


Astilbe chinensis var. pumila

An impressive short astilbe with masses of dense flowers on rigid spikes. Rose flowers with blue anthers give the appearance of mauve flowers over broad, rough foliage. Great ground cover in shady, damp areas with a real burst of colour in summer. H 30cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Astilbe ‘Ellie’

A robust white form over nice dark green leaves. The flowers fade nicely to green rather than brown and the seed heads are very effective against a parchment background. H 45cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Astilbe ‘Straussenfeder’ AGM

A tall plant with glossy, mid-green leaves tinged bronze in spring and light rosy-pink flowers on slender, arching branches in July.

H 1m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Astrantia ‘Atomic Sunburst’

Very large, pale-pink flowerheads with ruby-stained, green-tipped bracts on a compact plant that enjoys full sun or partial shade. Cut back after flowering for a second flush, often continuing into autumn. Selected and raised here. H60cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Astrantia major  

Grown in gardens since the 1500s and flowering for an exceptionally long period of time. Its little green and white, sometimes pink, buttons combine well with Astilbe and Brunnera in damp partial shade. Ours are seed grown, so colours will vary. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £6.50

Astrantia major ‘Claret’

Dark reddish-purple flowers from early summer to early autumn. Will grow happily in sun or shade and does well on our clay soil in the nursery. Great for cutting too. H 60–90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50       

Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’

A good dark flowered plant with deep ruby red flowers on maroon stems and dark green leaves. Much admired in the nursery gardens. For full sun or partial shade in moisture retentive soil, though will tolerate some dryness once established. A more compact cultivar.

H 50cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’ AGM

The variegated divided leaves have lovely broad, creamy-yellow margins and the white flowers are surrounded by pink-tinged bracts.

For full sun. H 70cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50


Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ AGM

An excellent white-flowered selection, with an abundance of white spring flowers, blushing pink with age. Leaves are rich green but with little winter colour. Not as chunky as some Bergenias, making it good for front of a border or as ground cover under shrubs. H40cm, S 50cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Bergenia ‘Claire Maxine’ AGM

Tall, red-pink flowers and large, glossy, reddish foliage for year-long colour. Plant in semi-shade and reasonable soil for winter interest as the leaves turn red from autumn onwards. H 50 cm, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.50            

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

This robust Bergenia is ideal for poor soil, ground cover, shade, forgotten corners, damp soil and will in turn produce masses of deep pink flowers in spring and pink purple tinged foliage all year round. A favourite of Gertrude Jekyll and Beth Chatto, it is well worth a space for those problematic places it actually prefers. H 30cm, S 90cm.                    2L pot          £6.50

Bergenia ‘Eden’s Magic Giant’ AGM

Deep-pink flowers in spring and reddish foliage in winter. Grows in most soils and sun or shade. Useful ground cover and all year interest.

H 45cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Bergenia ‘Overture’  

Tall stems bearing shocking magenta flowers over consistently healthy-looking leaves that turn red-purple in autumn and winter. Excellent beneath trees and shrubs and drought tolerant. 45cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00          


Brunnera macrophylla        

The dark-green, heart-shaped leaves of this Siberian bugloss are topped with bright-blue flowers which appear in April, and sporadically through the year. The neat green mound of leaves will look good throughout the summer in a shady spot on most soils, copes very well in dry shade.

H 45cm, S 50cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Cardamine pratensis ‘Flore Pleno’        

Double, pale-lilac blooms above rosettes of dark-green leaves. Moist soil in semi-shade or full sun. Good for naturalising, and you can even add the flowers to your salad. H 45cm, S 20cm.                  9cm pot          £4.00


Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’

Another of my favourite plants, a pink cow parsley! A lovely, soft-pink umbellifer, flowering in early summer. Very effective when grown with Brunnera macrophylla and Tellima grandiflora or Actaea ‘Brunette’ and purple hazel.  Grow in light shade and moist soil.

H 60–90cm, S 100cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Corydalis 'Craigton Blue'

The most stunning blue flowers on red stems over fresh green, deeply divided leaves and it will grow in sun or shade. Perfect! This woodlander starts flowering in spring and will go on for quite a while. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £4.00

Corydalis omeiensis

One of the best blue flowered species from China with an upright habit and dense flower heads of strong electric blue in late spring with a delicious scent. Plant in good soil in shade. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50  


Darmera peltata AGM   

Pink and white flowers emerge as a fist shape on a long stalk directly from a stout rhizome, and then come the great umbrella-shaped leaves to 30cm across on single stems. Enjoys consistently moist to boggy soil and turns spectacular colours ranging from bronze to scarlet in October. Good with Molinia or Calamagrostis brachytricha. H 90cm, S 200cm.                     3L pot          £8.50


Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Bronzeschleier’ (Bronze Veil)

A strictly clump-forming grass creating a nice, dark-green tuft, topped by long stems carrying a billowing mass of finely textured bronze inflorescences in mid- to late summer. Good with a multitude of perennials or planted en masse. H 120cm, S 45cm.                   1L pot          £5.50

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Coral Cloud’

Dense, evergreen clumps of slender foliage with elegant sprays of flower-spikes emerging in early summer. Plant in semi shade in moist well drained soil. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Garnet Schist’  

A very early-flowering clone raised and selected here, used in Nigel Dunnett’s show garden and launched officially at Chelsea in 2012! The grass has an upright, graceful habit and lovely, shimmering, ruby-coloured seed heads from early May that turn gold then parchment later. 1.2m in sun or shade and all but the driest of soils. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ (Golden Dew)

A shorter, more compact cultivar with a shimmering mass of finely textured, pale-green flowerheads in mid-summer.

H 80cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Tauträger’

Tall, arching stems, topped with compact heads of silvery flowers, followed by buttery-yellow seed heads. H 1.2m, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Digitalis                                                 Toxic if eaten

Digitalis lutea

An attractive small foxglove with pale yellow flowers over shiny narrow leaves. This variety will grow in sun or shade.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                     2L Pot           £6.50

Digitalis viridiflora

Spikes of pale greenish yellow bells with fine brown veins over dark green foliage. Short-lived but self-sows. Makes an interesting addition to the shade garden. Sun or shade. H 65cm, S 30cm.                     2L Pot           £6.50          


Dipsacus fullonum

The native teasel, with prickly basal leaves followed by prickly stems of cone-shaped purple or white flowers in the second year. Can be dried. Flowers July to August. Full sun or partial shade. H 1m to 2m, S 50cm.                        9cm pot           £3.50



Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'

Epimediums are one of my favourite plants with they’re semi-evergreen foliage and dainty flowers in spring. They are anything but dainty though, hardy and growing well in dry shade they are a very useful plant. Excellent for edging or groundcover, they form a bushy mound of dark green leaves, bearing sprays of soft primrose-yellow flowers in mid to late spring. Although they will take a couple of years to reach a mature size, plants are long-lived and very sturdy. Old leaves should be pruned to the ground in late winter to show the flowers to best effect. H 30cm, S 45cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’

This finer variety has purple-tinted young foliage and deep violet-purple flowers with paler inner petals and white-tipped spurs. Great for shady areas at the front of a border. H 30cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50        

Epimedium pinnatum ssp. Colchicum

A great Epimedium for interesting foliage markings in spring when the green leaves have distinctive red veining. Yellow flowers appear in spring and are more noticeable if you cut the old foliage off before they appear. Great for a shady border or under shrubs for ground cover. H 25cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Eupatorium cannabinum

An easily grown and attractive native wild flower and perfect plant for moist positions in the garden. Dense, terminal sprays of reddish-purple flowers from July to September. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                     3L pot          £8.00           

Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group AGM  

Superb, big, bold perennial for back of the border (see it used to great effect at Cambo, where it attains a height of 3m or more without the need for staking). Huge heads of maroon-purple, fluffy flowers adorn the plant from mid-summer into autumn over dark-purple stems. Needs a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade and loved by both butterflies and bees. H 3m, S 60cm.                      2L pot          £7.50

Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group ‘Purple Bush’

Reasonably compact form with smaller, light-purple flower clusters. Raised by Piet Oudolf in Holland. Makes a great statement plant for height in the border and requires little staking. Will flower for weeks. H 1.5m, S 60cm.                        3L pot          £8.00

Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group ‘Red Dwarf’

A compact, much shorter variety than it’s cousins with reddish-lavender flowerheads from July to Sept. A great long flowering plant for most soils and sun or shade. H 80cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Eupatorium maculatum ‘Riesenschirm’     

A striking back of the border plant with large fluffy pink - purple flower heads. Will happily grow in shade and damp soil.

H 180 cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’  

Red purple leaves and masses of bright green flowers providing a powerful contrast with the foliage in spring. For full sun or light shade.

H 65cm, S 40cm.                       10cm pot          £4.00

Euphorbia griffithii

Long-lasting, vibrant, orange-red flowers sit atop eye-catching, fiery stems that retain their glory long after the narrow, red-tinged leaves have fallen. This plant shouts ‘Look at me!’ and is perfect for a ‘hot’ border. It also goes a striking orange and red in autumn before the leaves fall. Well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. H 90cm, S 200cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Filipendula purpurea

This Filipendula should be intermingled with other moisture-loving plants in partial shade, as seen in the nursery gardens. The frothy plumes in candy pink are a real showstopper colour above its divided leaves. H 80cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ AGM

American meadowsweet is a big, enthusiastic plant that enjoys moist to wet soil, where it will form a large, bushy clump of deeply lobed leaves, topped with plumes of soft-pink, scented frothy flowers from July to August. H 2m, S 1m.                  3L pot            £8.50

Filipendula ulmaria

“Meadowsweet”. A sweet-smelling plant of wet meadows, hence its common name. A tall perennial with a froth of creamy white flowers throughout June to September, and pinnate leaves green above and silvery white below. See it growing in the wild flower bankings in

the nursery. H 90cm, S 45cm.                     3L pot            £7.00          

Filipendula ulmaria 'Variegata'

This variegated form of “Meadowsweet” had randomly marked gold and green leaves topped with sprays of creamy white scented flowers. As with all Filipendula it enjoys damp to wet soil and sun or partial shade.  60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Francoa sonchifolia

Very similar in appearance to a decorative lettuce before the wand-like flowers emerge and shoot skywards, bearing maroon and white flowers. Good in semi-shade and beneath trees, where it makes a dense mat. H 90cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Galium odorata

“Sweet Woodruff”. This plant makes great ground cover in shade under trees and shrubs. Whorls of bright green leaves appear in spring and are topped with tiny, white scented, star-shaped flowers in April and May. Wildlife friendly and rabbit resistant. H 30cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Galium verum

"Yellow Bedstraw". An upright native perennial with narrow leaves and dense clusters of yellow flowers in June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 60cm, Sp 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Geranium X cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’

A compact plant with glossy evergreen fragrant leaves and blush pink flowers with darker pink stamens in early summer. Discovered in the Biokova mountains, Croatia. A great ground cover plant for most soils in sun or shade. H 25cm, S 100cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Geranium dalmaticum

Dwarf, creeping plant with glossy evergreen, aromatic leaves and long stalked clusters of pink flowers with red anthers in summer. Some reddening of the leaf in autumn. Light shade and moist soil but well-drained soil. Great ground cover plant. H 15cm, S 1m.                  1L pot          £5.50

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Freundorf'

A good variety with pink flowers and good autumn colour. Ideal for dry shade but will tolerate a range of growing conditions. Great ground

cover. H 30cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'

A white flowered variety with a hint of pink with good autumn colour and semi evergreen. Ideal for ground cover in dry shade but will tolerate a range of growing conditions. H 30cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Geranium nodosum

A spreading Geranium with bright glossy green, divided leaves and funnel-shaped lilac-pink or pink, lightly veined flowers from May to September. Ideal for shade. H 20cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’

Bushy, early blooming species with fully opened very dark purple flowers and pale green leaves ageing dark green with large chocolate blotches on the leaves. Best in moist shade but will tolerate dryness under trees. H60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

Geranium robertianum         

“Herb Robert”, a common Cranesbill found growing wild through Britain and Europe. It happily self-seeds but easy to remove from shady areas, woodland and hedgerows. Pink flowers appear continuously from April to October. H 50cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

Geranium ‘Sirak’ AGM

A sprawling geranium with distinct, vibrant, mauve-pink flowers, emerging from hairy buds in late spring and continuing into summer with often a second flush of flowers later. Plant in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. H 65cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Geum ‘Borisii’   

Strident, orange, outward-facing flowers from a clump of bristly, evergreen leaves in early summer, often repeating later. Good with purple Heucheras and blue grasses. Any reasonable soil in sun or light shade. H 35cm, S 40cm.                       1L pot          £5.50

Geum 'Mrs W Moore'

A very dainty flowered Geum with cream semi-double flowers with a pink flush over mid green leaves. Geums like sun or light shade on a retentive soil. H 20cm, S 30cm.                    1.5L pot          £6.00

Geum ‘Nordek’

Vivid, orange-red flowers above irregularly lobed leaves in late spring/summer. Cut back to encourage a second flush. Sun or part shade in moist but well-drained soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot            £5.50

Geum ‘Pink Frills’

A robust plant with soft peach-pink frilled flowers from dark buds that stand out well against the green leaves. Ideal for the front of a border ad adaptable to most soils in sun or shade. H45cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50            

Geum ‘Primrose Cottage’

Primrose-yellow flowers with red stems over mid green foliage. A lovely contrast to the orange and deep yellow Geums we have. Flowers appear from early to mid-summer. Plant in light shade and moist soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                      9cm pot          £3.50       

Geum rivale ‘Album’          

A lovely plant for the front of the border with its nodding heads of white flower. It will flower for a long period and if dead headed will often flower again later in the summer. Copes well with shade and north facing borders on clay soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot           £5.50

Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’  

Free-flowering, nodding, bell-shaped, rose-coloured flowers on reddish stems over crimped, light-green foliage in early summer. Light shade and moist soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot           £5.50


Helleborus niger

"Christmas Rose". An evergreen perennial producing leathery dark green, divided leaves. Saucer-shaped white flowers ageing to pinkish white January to April. Plant in shade. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     1.5L pot          £6.50


Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’

This Hosta forms a dense mound of slightly corrugated, heart-shaped, blue-green foliage that colours gold in autumn. Lavender flowers appear in July.

H 65cm, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

Well named and eye-catching miniature Hosta that forms a tight mound of tiny blue-green leaves topped by scapes of lavender blue flowers in summer. Squeak, squeak. H 20cm, S 20cm.                     9cm pot           £4.00

Hosta ‘Devon Green’

Compact, well-formed Hosta with bright, shiny green leaves and short scapes of pale-lavender flowers. One of the very best available in my opinion.

H 50cm, S 45cm.                   1L pot          £5.50

Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ AGM  

Very distinctive, forming an upright, vase-shaped clump with lanceolate, ribbed, glaucous, grey-green leaves and bell-shaped, pale-lilac flowers in summer. Best in partial shade. Generally, slug proof. H 75cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Hosta ‘Patriot’

One of my favourites which will brighten a shady border with it’s green, oval leaves and creamy-yellow margins becoming white as they mature. Lavender flowers appear in late July. H 70cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00            

Hosta ‘Red October’

Medium-green, lance-shaped leaves with intensely red stems. Lavender flowers appear later than most hostas in Sept.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Hosta 'Royal Standard'

Large heart-shaped, ribbed bright pale green leaves and fragrant white flowers from July to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

H 60cm, S 1.2m.                    2L pot          £7.00

Hosta ‘Sagae’ AGM

Large, broad, dark-green leaves edged gold, create a large, vase-shaped clump with real presence. H 1.2m, S 90cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Hosta ‘Shade Fanfare’ AGM

Light-green, oval foliage with a slightly lobed base, edged with a creamy-white margin. Pale-lavender flowers in July. Excellent as a specimen or in a container. H 75cm, 60cm.                    1L pot         £5.50

Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ AGM

A sieboldiana bearing upright racemes of abundant, almost-white, bell-shaped flowers above a clump of oval, blue-green, wavy-edged leaves. Moist but well-drained soil in part shade. H 1m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ AGM

Well-known, but none-the-less impressive, sieboldiana Hosta, with large, heart-shaped, puckered, glaucous, blue leaves irregularly margined yellow. Eventually making a spectacular clump. Bell-shaped, white flowers are produced in early summer. Best in partial shade.

H 65cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Hosta tardiana ‘Blue Wedgwood’          

Intensely blue, thick, oval, gently-waved foliage with a heavy bloom on the upper surface. Bluish-lavender flowers appear in August. A Hosta that’s well worth trying in the garden. Slug resistant. Height 65cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Hosta tardiana 'Halcyon' AGM         

A shorter plant with heart-shaped, glaucous, bright blue-grey leaves and dense spikes of bell-shaped, mauve flowers in mid-summer. Best in shade.  Grow with white flowered shade lovers for contrast. H 45cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ AGM

Dark-green, heart-shaped leaves with creamy-yellow margins and pale-lavender flowers in summer. Moist but well-drained soil in part shade.

H 50cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Lamium galeobdolon 'Florentinum'

This plant is a great solution to dry shade areas where you want to cover a lot of ground. Plants form a fast-spreading, bushy carpet of attractive green and silver leaves, bearing small soft-yellow flowers in mid spring. Stems root into the ground readily, where they touch. It is what I call an enthusiastic plant, but this is not a problem unless it is planted in a border with good fertile soil, so keep it on dry, shallow soil bankings or under trees where it will be kept in check. Although evergreen, plants should be clipped or mown hard in late winter to encourage fresh growth.

H 20 to 30 cm, S 2m plus.                     2L pot          £7.00

Lamium maculatum ‘Orchid Frost’

Silvery-white leaves, with scalloped, blue-green margins are a lovely backdrop for the delicate orchid-pink flowers, mid-spring and sporadically thro’ summer. Great ground cover for shade under shrubs. H 30cm, S 2m.                     2L pot          £7.00


Ligularia przewalskii AGM   

This is a stunning plant with tall spires of golden-yellow flowers over deeply cut foliage and black stems. The brown seed heads persist into winter and it will self-seed where happy. Best in moist soil and light shade as the leaves tend to wilt in strong sunlight. H 1.4m, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ AGM

Robust and impressive cultivar with heart-shaped, toothed green leaves and well-filled spikes of golden-yellow flowers on long, black stems. For moist to wet soil in sun or partial shade. H 2m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.50            

Ligularia ‘Zepter’

German cultivar with large, long stalked green leaves and tall, wide spires of yellow flowers that smell of Bourbon biscuits on shiny dark purple stems, making a very imposing clump in a shady border in moist soil. H 2m, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.50


Luzula nivea

“Snowy woodrush” Short wands of fluffy, white flowers in early summer over softly hairy, dark-green leaves. A tough, evergreen ground cover grass for dry shade with Hellebores beneath trees. One of my favourites. H 50cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Luzula sylvatica

Thick tussocks of 2cm wide, glossy, dark-green leaves with tall flower stems carrying loose-forked clusters of warm chestnut-brown flowers in spring to early summer. Handsome ground cover in damp or dry shade. H 80cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £6.50

Luzula sylvatica ‘Hohe Tatra’

Upright, broad, evergreen, acid greenish-yellow leaves in winter and spring, becoming greener in summer. Tall spikes of chestnut-brown flowers.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Maianthemum racemosum AGM

Foliage is similar to Solomon’s seal carries plumes of sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers, sometimes stained green, in early to late spring. The flowers are followed by clusters of red fruit. Best in shade and moist soil to 1m. Newly emerging stems look like the aptly named garden eels standing to attention on the sea bed. H 70cm, S 60cm.                     cm pot          £3.50

Maianthemum stellatum

An altogether more delicate specimen with glossy, veined foliage emerges in spring on arching stems shortly followed by elegant, terminal racemes, made up of tiny, white, star-shaped flowers as the name suggests. Suited to shade and moist, well-drained soil. H 75cm, S 60cm.                      1L pot          £5.50


Melica nutans

Dainty grain like white flowers contrast very effectively with fresh green foliage. Especially useful in gardens during the earlier part of the season in shady areas and quiet corners. Will tolerate clay soils and cold exposed conditions. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Melica uniflora f Albida

An attractive grass with neat clumps of soft green foliage and fine sprays of white tiny flowers. Very effective planted among ferns and hostas in shade.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ AGM

A cracking little woodland plant with arresting, bright-blue flowers over a very long period. Starting early in the season from March onwards. Semi-evergreen depending on what kind of winter weather we get. Inter plant with spring bulbs for great early season colour. Easy in moist, rich soil in shade.

H 20cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ AGM

Lovely compact shrub with fresh golden yellow leaves, especially in spring. In summer the plant produces clusters of single fragrant, creamy white flowers which are highlighted well by the foliage. Grow in semi-shade to prevent leaf scorch. H 1.5m, S 2m.                    3L pot          £10.95


Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’

Excellent early interest plant for shady areas or under trees and shrubs. Arresting, true-blue flowers appear over dark, bottle-green leaves in March and April. Good with the coppiced stems of Cornus or Salix. H 25cm, S 40cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Pulmonaria ‘Cotton Cool’

This plant has long, silver, tapered leaves with a dark-green margin. Blue and pink flowers are carried in dense clusters in spring. Semi-evergreen and one of the best for foliage. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50                           

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’

Very pale blue flowers appear over nicely silver spotted green leaves in early spring. Great under shrubs and trees in shade on damp to well-drained soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Pulmonaria rubra ‘Ann’

A vigorous plant with softly hairy, plain, semi evergreen leaves and large coral red flowers in late winter. Plant in moist soil and shade for good ground cover. H 35cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Rodgersia aesculifolia AGM     

This striking plant has big, palmate, horse chestnut like corrugated leaves and plumes of creamy white or pink flowers. Use in the bog garden or pond side where the soil doesn’t dry out. Happy in shade but will tolerate some sun. H 1.8m, S 1m.                    3L pot          £8.50

Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wing’      

A lovely variety with chocolate bronze spring foliage and pink flowers that turn burgundy as they age. Ideal for a shady spot in rich soil.

H 80cm, S 90cm.                      2L pot          £7.50

Rodgersia podophylla AGM

A superb architectural plant with big, rough, angular green leaves flushed bronze, and creamy-white flowers in tall, branched clusters. For sun or partial shade in good, moist soil and shelter from drying winds, which cause the leaves to tear. H 1.5m, S 100cm.                    3L pot          £8.50


Saxifraga x urbium

Very small single, pale pink flowers on slender, branched stems form a mist above a mat of thick, evergreen weed suppressing leaves. Once common in gardens especially edging paths. Good ground cover under trees and shrubs. H 30cm (in flower), S 60cm.                 9cm pot          £3.50


Sinacalia tangutica

Dark, almost black-stained stems carry prettily carved leaves, topped with long pyramid-shaped heads of cool-lemon flowers from August to September. Plant in partially shady places in most soils. Can be on the invasive side so give it space or plant in grass which it will cope with.

H 1.2m, S 60cm.                2L pot          £7.00


Sinopodophyllum sp

A perennial that has glossy green, drooping, lobed leaves on its few stiff branches, bearing a pale pink flower and bright red-orange bulbous fruit. A desirable addition to woodland-type gardens. It can be propagated by seed or by dividing the rhizome. It is very tolerant of cold temperatures, as would be expected of a Himalayan plant, but it does not tolerate dry conditions. An interesting and unusual plant to grow. H 45cm, S 30cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Tellima grandiflora

Spikes of campanulate, greenish-white flowers rise above rosettes of bright-green leaves. Prefers moist soil in partial shade, but tolerant of dry shade. Can be semi-evergreen. H 80cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Tellima grandiflora Rubra Group  

A great plant for shady places and most soils. With its evergreen scallop shaped leaves and rich purple red and green colouring it adds colour to borders all year. In early summer pink tinged green spikes of flowers appear over the foliage. H 60cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Tiarella polyphylla ‘Filigran’

A gorgeous plant for shady areas with heart-shaped, hairy, toothed leaves and red-stemmed, delicate, white-to-pinkish flower spikes.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’        

A great plant for dappled shade at the front of a border or in pots. With its green leaves, veined with dark bronze and fluffy pink flowers spikes from March to May, it is definitely worth a spot in the garden. Plant in moist but well-draining soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                       1L pot          £5.50


Uvularia grandiflora   

This lovely, unusual woodlander has yellow bell-shaped flowers hang from arched stems in late April. The long petals twist towards the ends and with mid green fresh foliage provide something a bit different in the garden. They prefer partial shade and rich soil. H 45cm, S 30cm.                  1L pot          £5.50                  


Valeriana alliariifolia          

With its mid green leaves and white flowers from July to August, this makes an interesting and unusual plant for the garden. Originating from Russia this plant will grow in partial shade and tolerate most soils. H 1m, S 60cm.                     2L pot           £7.00

Valeriana officinalis

Underrated native perennial with silvery-purple foliage emerging from the ground in February and followed by tall, upright, self-supporting stems carrying plates of pinkish-white or all-white flowers with a heady, lily-like fragrance. Pinnate, toothed, bright-green leaves enhance the overall effect in early summer. For moist to wet soil in sun or light shade.  H 1.8m, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.00

Valeriana phu 'Aurea'          

The spring foliage is a clear bright yellow, making it a welcome addition to the spring garden. By mid-summer the foliage has turned green under clusters of creamy white flowers. Will grow in sun or dappled shade. H 75cm, S 60cm.                      9cm pot          £3.50


Superb plants that provide height, drama and a strong vertical accent to the late summer border.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Apollo’

A fine upright perennial, perfect for adding height to a border with its strong stems topped with spikes of lilac-blue flowers from July to September. Plant in partial shade or sun in rich soil. Works very well with tall grasses and Sanguisorbas as you can see in the nursery gardens. Loved by bees.

H 120cm, S 60cm.                2L pot         £7.00            

Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum

Erect, unbranched stems bearing whorls of narrow, dark-green leaves and dense racemes of pale-pink flowers mid-summer to autumn.

H 1.5m, S 60cm.                     2L pot         £7.00

Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum ‘Pink Glow’

Erect, unbranched stems bearing whorls of narrow, dark-green leaves and dense racemes of pale-pink flowers from mid-summer to autumn. Perfect in sun or partial shade with other tall perennials and grasses to give height to a border. H 1.5m, S 60cm.                   2L pot         £7.00

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’

An eye-catching, architectural perennial producing clusters of long, fasciated (flattened) spires of lilac-blue flowers fading to pale lavender at the base over tiered whorls of stiff, lanceolate leaves. H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    2L pot         £7.00

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavandelturm’

Tall, branched spires of pale lavender flowers appear in mid-summer. Plant in full sun or light shade in rich soil with tall grasses and other prairie plants.

H 1.8m, S 60cm.                    3L pot         £7.50


Viola hederacea          

A trailing, spreading Viola with lovely lilac and white flowers. Prefers cool partial shade and moist free draining compost, Ideal for pots and containers. Flowers April to October. H 15cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Viola odorata

“English Violet”, “Sweet Violet”. A British native perennial with heart-shaped dark green leaves. Sweetly scented blue flowers from February to March in partial shade. H 5cm, S 10cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Viola odorata ‘Alba’

A white cultivar of the Sweet violet with heart-shaped dark green leaves. Sweetly scented white flowers bloom from February to March in partial shade.

H 5cm, S 10cm.                 9cm pot           £3.50

Viola riviniana

“Common Dog Violet” This attractive little British wild flower appears in early April with its violet flowers over a rosette of mid green leaves. A woodland plant that enjoys semi shade and damp soil. H 10cm, S 15cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Waldsteinia ternata

An often over looked plant that provides very effective, vigorous evergreen groundcover in shade beneath trees. Yellow flowers show up well against the dark foliage in spring. Any reasonable soil and will tolerate considerable dryness and full shade. H 25cm, S60cm.            9cm pot           £3.50



Asplenium scolopendrium ‘Angustatum’

One of the most distinctive, tough and reliable of ferns, the Hart’s tongue fern has simple glossy green fronds that do well in dappled shade, and moist, free-draining alkaline soil or on an old wall.  This cultivar has ruffled leaf edges and dark stems. H 35 cm, S 30cm.            9cm pot          £4.00

Asplenium scolopendrium Undulatum Group

This Heart Tongue fern has slightly wavy edges to its fronds with upright stems, making it an interesting alternative to the species.

H 50cm, S 45cm.                 1L pot          £5.50


Blechnum penna-marina

A reliable, hardy evergreen fern which is rhizomatous and will spread indefinately but is not invasive. The fronds are deep green when mature but bronzy coloured when young. An interesting plant for ground cover or under shrubs. H 15cm, S 60cm.               9cm pot          £3.50


Dryopteris clintoniana

An evergreen fern that will tolerate shade and moist well drained soil. With its serrated pale green fronds it is tough and undemanding.

H 1m, S 60cm.                 2L pot          £7.00


Matteuccia struthiopteris AGM

The elegant and majestic-looking shuttlecock or ostrich plume fern works well with a variety of other plants in a moist, shady spot and spreads to form a dense colony. In spring the newly emerging fronds look amazing with coppiced dogwoods, beside a pond or beneath birch. In autumn the new fronds turn cinnamon and remain erect through winter. Attaining 1m or more once established. H 100cm, S 60cm.                                 3L pot          £8.50


Onoclea sensibilis

This is a lovely fern from Eastern North America. This is a spreading fern that will form a colony in a suitable moist to wet site. Sensitive Fern gets its name from the fact that it will go dormant during summer drought or at the first signs of frost in the fall. Broad leaflets on the taller sterile fronds have a nearly tropical appearance. It combines well with larger forms of Hosta and other vigorous shade-loving plants. H 60cm, S 90cm.                9cm pot          £3.50


Osmunda regalis AGM

A great structural fern with good autumn colour. Large, deciduous, flowering fern with bipinnate fronds turning red-brown in autumn. Moist soil in full sun or part shade. H 2.5m, S 60cm.         2L pot          £7.00


Polypodium x mantoniae 'Bifidograndiceps'

This variety has long narrow fronds with bifidate pinnae and terminates in a wide crest. Evergreen, growing in an upright manner, spreading over time to make great groundcover all year round. Plant in shade and most soils. Tough and will cope with exposed situations. H 45cm, S 100cm.

9cm pot          £4.00

Polystichum (Shield fern)

Polystichum setifrum ‘Plumosum Densum’

A truly handsome evergreen fern that provides year round interest, it’s finely cut, soft fronds remaining fresh throughout the year. For moist well drained soil and full to part shade. 60cm.      9cm pot          £4.00

The Quirky Bird says:

An often challenging garden area is shade, be it under trees, against a wall, dry or damp or even a shaded banking, especially if North or East facing. But there are plants that will grow in these conditions and indeed will thrive, providing colour and ground cover all year round.  There are also plants that will cope with damp shade. See our information boards in the shade tunnel in the sales area and the shade border as you walk up to the sales area.