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Meconopsis 'Lingholm'

…highly sought after for their exquisite beauty and most unusual coloured poppy flowers, which appear throughout early summer. Unlike many other Meconopsis plants, Meconopsis ?Lingholm? is also reliable perennial. Plant these captivating flowers in a woodland   More Info

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Begonia 'Apricot Shades'

…the basket and deciding what to plant, we've done the hard work for you. A beautiful mix of Begonias planted in the best nutrient-rich compost so your plants will thrive all summer long. Begonia plants are fantastic for those tricky   More Info

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

…late spring these are complimented by delicate sprays of blue forget-me-not like flowers. Happiest in a shady position, Siberian Bugloss is perfect for woodland gardens or the front of shady borders where it will slowly spread to form a dense, colourful…  More Info

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Primula vialii

…giving the flowers a magical two toned effect. Ideal for damp, shady spots and simply stunning in large groups around bog gardens and woodlands. Their stout erect stems also make superb cut flowers for a pretty posy indoors. Ideal companion for  More Info

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Meconopsis baileyi 'Alba'

…yellow stamens to form blooms up to 10cm (4) across borne above a basal rosette of hairy leaves. Meconopsis baileyi 'Alba' thrives in and woodland gardens and cool, moist, shady borders. Plant en masse to for real impact - a 'must-have' plant   More Info

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Hosta 'Francee'

…just above the foliage. Hostas make a fabulous addition to borders, woodland gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour in a shady position. Height: 50cm (20). Spread: 75cm (30). Supplied as a mature plant in a 2 litre pot. Culinary information:…  More Info

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Hypericum 'Hidcote'

…is easy to grow, low-maintenance and ideal for any size garden with any soil type. 'Hypericum make bushy and dense plants that look great with herbaceous perennials, they are ideal for the back of the border and especially good for brightening up…  More Info

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Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant'

…Bugle selection has larger leaves and flowers than the original species and has been awarded a prestigious RHS AGM. Preferring partial shade, Ajuga plants are perfect as ground cover in woodland gardens and shady borders and are extremely low maintenance!…  More Info

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Shuttlecock Fern

gardens and the edges of ponds. Growing best in moist shady areas, this large fern, also known as the ostrich fern, is superb for tricky damp areas of the garden and is incredibly low-maintenance. Slowly spreading by underground rhizomes, Matteuccia…  More Info

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Buxus sempervirens

…arranged and respond well to regular clipping for a neat finish. Grow this versatile shrub as a box hedge or prune it to create formal shapes, both for containers on the patio and borders. Box plants also cope well with tricky shady positions in the   More Info

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Box Hedging

…clipping for a neat finish. Grow this versatile shrub as a box hedge or prune it to create formal shapes, both for containers on the patio and borders. Box plants also cope well with tricky shady positions in the garden. Your plant will…  More Info

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Busy Lizzie 'Accent Mixed'

…statement for beds and Flower Pouches?! Garden Ready Plants - If you?ve fallen behind with your planting or if greenhouse space is limited, we can help you catch up with our garden-ready plug plants. These sturdy plants are larger than…  More Info

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Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata

…stems. Perfect for ground cover in difficult shady borders. Height: 55cm (22). Spread: 100cm (39). Culinary information: The best part to use is the hoston, the rolled up leaf as it emerges in the spring. Cooking depends on the size of the hostons, small ones can be…  More Info

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Carex morrowii 'Variegata'

…evergreen sedge is fantastic for edging paths or planting in drifts through perennial borders. Carex morrowii 'Variegata' also works well in patio containers and can be used in winter bedding schemes for foliage interest. Sedge is excellent for shady<…  More Info

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Foxglove 'Alba'

…shade in woodland areas and shady borders, where its pale flowers appear luminescent as they reflect the light when dusk falls. This striking flower will prove to be a magnet for bees and other pollinating insects and flower arrangers will also make a beeline for<…  More Info

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Vinca major

…until September. Vinca bears dark green, evergreen foliage on ground-covering stems that can help to beat weeds, making it a beneficial addition to any garden. This plant is brilliant for filling difficult gaps in the garden where few other species will…  More Info

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Mimulus x cultorum 'Major Bees'

…to the summer garden. Also known as Monkey Flower, Mimulus x cultorum 'Major Bees' is a bushy, perennial plant preferring a moist soil, and is perfectly happy growing beside ponds or in damp shady corners of the garden. Mimulus can also be grown in…  More Info

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Gynostemma pentaphyllum

…originates from the forests of China where it is used as a medicinal herb. In the UK it makes a fantastic vigorous ground cover plant or quick climber for a shady corner, where it produces lots of palmate, glossy green leaves. Tiny pale yellow flowers may also…  More Info

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Dodecatheon meadia

…a cool, shady spot where it will add a splash of colour to spring planting schemes. By midsummer, the rosettes of foliage begin to die back and the plant enters a summer resting period before reappearing the following spring. Perfect for damp borders,…  More Info

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Hosta undulata var. undulata

…woodland gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour in a shady position. Height and spread: 45cm (18). Culinary information: The best part to use is the hoston, the rolled up leaf as it emerges in the spring. Cooking depends on the size of the hostons,…  More Info

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Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'

…name for a plant but Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White' makes up for this with the attractive mottled, felted leaves and dozens of pretty little white flowers that bees love through the summer. Pulmonaria will make good ground cover under trees and shrubs or in a …  More Info

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Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter'

…with salmon pink flowers that pollinating insects will love. Due to the vigorous nature of its spread Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter' is the perfect choice for woodland and wildlife gardens, rockeries and borders where shade may be an issue for other plants.<…  More Info

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Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid'

…through to September. An excellent hardy perennial for the beginner or for experienced Clematis growers, this compact climber can cope with almost any garden situation including shady and north-facing walls through to bright sunny positions. As for  More Info

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Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Hostas are the 'go to' plant for shady borders or in pots on shaded patios. Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans is a worthy RHS Award of Garden Merit holder due to it's many features. The Giant Blue Hosta has ridged blue/green foliage which forms a backdrop to the…  More Info

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Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

…been awarded the coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). This bold and beautiful Hosta has huge, deeply corrugated deep green leaves which make a good backdrop for tall stems bearing pale lilac flowers which appear in July. This is the Hosta for a shady  More Info

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Mahonia aquifolium

…making them useful for security planting as they will help deter burglars and also cats. A Mahonia will spread and is ideal for planting in a shady spot, so a great addition to a woodland garden. Easy to grow and low maintenance, it is an…  More Info

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Ligustrum vulgare 'Atrovirens'

…a dark backdrop for feature plants. Alternatively, it makes an attractive free-standing plant, especially in July and August when it produces white flowers followed by small, dark fruit. Although fast-growing, Ligustrum vulgare 'Atrovirens' is suitable for<…  More Info

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Astilbe x arendsii 'Look at Me'

…certainly attract attention in shady parts of the garden, where many other plants do not grow well. It is a great option for damp and shady positions, and in the early summer months will produce powder pink feathery plumes on red stems. Astilbes…  More Info

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Ajuga reptans 'Party Colour'

…evergreen perennial, providing your garden with colour all year round. Preferring partial shade, Ajuga plants are perfect as ground cover in woodland gardens, shady borders and low maintenance gardens. This compact Ajuga variety is also perfect   More Info

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Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

…of summer. Meadow Rue is perfect for filling gaps in woodland gardens and shaded borders, particularly as the elegant foliage provides an ideal backdrop for smaller perennials. Thalictrum plants can be incorporated into your shady border with…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Red'

…The Christmas Rose plants can begin flowering just before Christmas, with cup shaped, long lasting flowers. Hellebores look great mixed with snowdrops, aconites and other early spring bulbs. Plants are clump-forming, maintenance-free and are ideal for ground…  More Info

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Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea'

…less vigorous plant than its larger cousin Vinca major, as its easier to confine to its allotted space. Vinca are ideal as ground cover for almost any position, perfect for suppressing weeds whether on a slope in sun or a dark, shady corner, where it is…  More Info

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Hosta 'Francee'

…that really light up a shady spot. In July and August this RHS AGM variety produces attractive, lavender-blue flower spikes that stand just above the foliage. Hostas make a fabulous addition to borders, woodland gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour…  More Info

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Meconopsis grandis 'Lingholm'

…highly sought after for their exquisite beauty and most unusual coloured poppy flowers, which appear throughout early summer. Unlike many other Meconopsis plants, Meconopsis ?Lingholm? is also reliably perennial. Plant these captivating flowers in a woodland   More Info

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Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'

for an attractive, spreading ground-cover plant for the summer months? This gorgeous lavender-blue flowered Cranesbill could be just what you need! Our Geranium ?Johnson's Blue' looks stunning as it sprawls along the front of borders or spreads through the   More Info

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Starry Eyes'

…above dense clumps of green, heart-shaped leaves. Perfect for a moist, shady border or woodland garden, Siberian Bugloss copes well with most soils, including difficult clay and makes a superb low maintenance ground cover plant. Height: 40cm (16). Spread…  More Info

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Vinca Collection

…Perfect for brightening up a sunny or shady spot in the garden, grow periwinkles on steep banks, in woodland gardens and borders, or let them creep around the base of shrubs. Tolerant of even clay soils, these tough, hardy perennials are an excellent…  More Info

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Brunnera 'Sea Heart'

…'Sea Heart' has much thicker leaves than other Brunneras and will tolerate more sun, although is just as happy in a shady position. Siberian Bugloss is perfect for woodland gardens or the front of borders where it will slowly spread to form a dense, colourful…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Burgundy'

Hellebores are unrivalled for adding winter colour to the garden, as they are one of the first plants to flower early in the year. The Christmas Rose provides easy-maintenance ground cover beneath trees and shrubs, and is perfect for shady borders. These…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Yellow Spotted'

…spotting. Hellebores are brilliant for adding winter colour to the garden and is perfect for difficult, shady corners or borders, or even for planting under trees and shrubs. The evergreen Christmas Rose is an excellent choice for  More Info

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Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert'

…'Ralph Shugert' is tough and resilient and will thrive in virtually any garden position, from full sun to shady spots beneath trees and shrubs. This RHS AGM variety is a colourful, low maintenance hardy shrub for rockeries, woodlands and cottage garden  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Clear White'

A welcome sight in the winter garden, the Christmas rose produces some of the first flowers of the New Year, and can even begin flowering in December. Hellebores are useful for ground cover underneath shrubs and trees, and ideal for shady borders. Hardy and…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Pink Spotted'

…a vital addition to the winter garden - adding their colour alongside snowdrops, aconites and the early spring bulbs. As their common name indicates, the ?Christmas Rose flowers extremely early in the year, and is sometimes in flower for Christmas. At home in shady…  More Info

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Geranium himalayense

…useful ground cover plant, as it tolerates shady spots. Its lobed foliage is a pretty backdrop to purple-blue flowers, borne in a main flush during early summer and then sporadically through to the autumn. A final display of vibrant red foliage adds colour to the late…  More Info

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Hosta 'Wide Brim'

…on sturdy flower spikes from July to August. This RHS AGM variety makes a fabulous addition to borders, woodland gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour in a shady position. Supplied as bareroots. Height: 45cm (18?). Spread: 60cm (24?). Culinary…  More Info

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Hosta 'Wide Brim'

…appear on sturdy flower spikes from July to August. This RHS AGM variety makes a fabulous addition to borders, woodland gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour in a shady position. Supplied as bareroots. Height: 45cm (18). Spread: 60cm (24). Culinary…  More Info

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Periwinkle Collection

…up a sunny or shady spot in the garden, grow periwinkles on steep banks, in woodland gardens and borders, or let them creep around the base of shrubs. Tolerant of even clay soils, these tough, hardy perennials are an excellent choice for low-maintenance …  More Info

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Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour in a shady position. Height: 50cm (20). Spread: 75cm (30). Culinary information: The best part to use is the hoston, the rolled up leaf as it emerges in the spring. Cooking depends on the size of the hostons,…  More Info

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Hosta undulata var. undulata

…habit that gives them a fascinating appearance. This RHS AGM variety makes a fabulous addition to borders, woodland gardens and patio containers, producing the best colour in a shady position. Supplied as bare roots. Height and spread: 45cm (18). Culinary information:…  More Info

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Viola odorata

…especially suited to shady areas, particularly under trees. Viola odorata ia a spreading perennial which will create a carpet of mauve blooms, and is great for a naturalised display in lawns, alongside crocuses. Its foliage is heart-shaped and evergreen. Supplied as…  More Info

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Hydrangea 'Frills' Duo

…well in both sunny and shady position. They also make excellent cut flowers for indoor dsiplays. Ready to plant now to establish over winter ready for flowering next year. Height and spread: 1 to 1.2 metres. Supplied as mature, 6.5cm in diameter plugs…  More Info

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Penstemon 'Vesuvius'

…a fitting name for this Penstemon, which is among the finest in the Volcano series. Perhaps best known for its non-stop flowering throughout the summer and early autumn, this hardy perennial?s compact, upright habit makes it well suited to the front of sunny or…  More Info

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart'

…ground-cover plant, the eye-catching foliage with a beautiful moonlight shimmer and delicate sprays of bright blue flowers in late spring, will bring some colour to your garden?s early border displays. Ideal for a dull, shady area, this choice variety of…  More Info

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Hosta Collection

Every garden has a shady corner and these fabulous hostas will suit it perfectly. Hostas make a fabulous addition to borders, woodland gardens and patio containers, producing clumps of attractive foliage and pretty flower spikes in summer. Each of these 4 varieties…  More Info

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Hosta 'Blue Angel'

…attractive blue hue. Additionally, the plant produces white, bell-shaped flowers on erect stems up to 1m (3'3) tall in the early summer. Like most plantain lillies, 'Blue Angel' is best suited to moist, shady areas, so could transform a neglected corner of the   More Info

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Hosta 'Fire and Ice'

…up shady borders or contrasting with dark ferns from spring to autumn. Height: 55cm (1'10); Spread: 1m (3'3). Culinary information: The best part to use is the hoston, the rolled up leaf as it emerges in the spring. Cooking depends on the size of the hostons, small ones can…  More Info

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Hosta 'Carnival'

…lavender flowers produced in June and July are an added bonus for gardeners and pollinators alike. The 'Carnival' variety is one of the most versatile plantain lily plants, as it is sun tolerant and, although ideally placed in a shady border, will grow…  More Info

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Hosta 'Pilgrim'

…(8). The plant is a hardy perennial, so can be expected to die down during the winter months ready to begin its journey again the next spring. These qualities make the Hosta 'Pilgrim' a characterful addition to shady borders. Alternatively, its compact nature makes it…  More Info

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