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Hosta 'Purple Sensation'

Hostas are well known for being the ideal plant for growing in damp shady areas, so why not have one that will brighten up the area with its outstanding blooms. Hosta 'Purple Sensation' has spectacular lilac-purple flowers in late summer that also offer a delightful fragrance.…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Mixed' (Lenten Rose)

…some plain and others freckled, are borne in elegant shades of white, pink, red and purple. The graceful blooms and dark leathery foliage of Helleborus orientalis make a stunning addition to shady borders and winter containers that will delight you year after year.…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Christmas Rose'

…deepen in colour as they age. Set against handsome, glossy foliage, the delicate blooms are some of the earliest to appear in the garden. A stunning addition to shady borders and winter containers that will delight you year after year. Height: 30cm (12). Spread: 45cm …  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 ground…  More Info

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Magical Moonlight'

…white blooms are reliably produced on new wood each year. Like all paniculata varieties, this neat, bushy shrub makes an excellent choice for a shady border or large patio container. Its cut flower credentials also guarantee a superb vase life. Height and spread:…  More Info

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Aconite in the Green

…the green' and delivered to you in early to late spring when the plants are growing. They can be planted under trees in dappled shade; in shady borders and in informal areas of grass where their sunny, buttercup-like flowers will delight you from February into March.…  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 pale lilac bell…  More Info

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Hydrangea paniculata Duo

…paniculata duo is sure to give an impressive display. Blooms emerge on dramatic cones making these neat, bushy shrubs an excellent choice for a shady border or large patio container. Its cut flower credentials also guarantee a superb vase life. Easy to grow and…  More Info

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Meconopsis 'Lingholm'

…and most unusual coloured poppy flowers, which appear throughout early summer. Plant these captivating flowers in a woodland garden or moist, shady border. Height: 75cm (30). Spread: 50cm (20). For the best success with this special perennial the planting soil needs…  More Info

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Leucothoe 'Scarletta'

…an almost metallic sheen. Leucothoe can look deceptively exotic, but they're easy to grow. The plants are hardy and perfect for acid-soiled shady borders. These lovely shrubs combine beautifully with other evergreens, particularly golden leaved varieties, such as…  More Info

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Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'

…in an eyecatching shade of blue. This Corydalis might look delicate, but it is tough and enjoys our cool English summer weather. Corydalis will spread to form clumps in a shady corners or border and flowering can last from late spring into the middle of summer. Height…  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 a shady spot. Height:…  More Info

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Box Hedging

…and low border edges. The small, glossy green leaves are densely 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…  More Info

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Astilbe x arendsii 'Look at Me'

Astilbe x arendsii 'Look at Me' will 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.…  More Info

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Geranium himalayense 'Plenum' (Hardy)

…turn to a beautiful orange-red in autumn. Also known as 'Birch's Double', Geranium himalayense 'Plenum' make a wonderful addition to herbaceous borders where it's informal habit will create colourful ground cover, even in shady areas. Height: 25cm (10). Spread: 60cm …  More Info

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Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea'

…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 often difficult for plants to grow. Height:…  More Info

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Dicentra spectablis 'White Gold'

…'White Gold' boasts bright yellow foliage in spring that stands out from shaded borders to dazzling effect. The arching stems of dangling white blooms add elegance to the display. Perfect for lighting up those damp, shady spots with a splash of fresh spring colour.…  More Info

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Carex morrowii 'Variegata'

…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 gardens, preferring the cool, moist…  More Info

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Hedera helix 'Goldheart'

…golden-yellow heart-shaped centres, creating drama that lasts all year round. While the evergreen leaves look particularly impressive in dark, shady corners, the climbing plant can also grow on walls, fences or trees that are exposed to some sun. It grows quickly to provide…  More Info

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Shuttlecock Fern

…appearance. Easy to grow and awarded an RHS AGM, the shuttlecock fern makes a fabulous architectural addition to borders, woodland 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…  More Info

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Mahonia japonica

…perfume to brighten up those long winter days. After the flowers fade, blue-black berries appear. The hardworking shrub will grow in semi shady positions as well as full sun. This Mahonia has a bushy habit with it distinctive spiky leaves. Height: 1.5m (59). Spread: 2m (78).…  More Info

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Vinca major

Vinca major is an exceptionally tough variety that will flourish in almost any position in the garden, from full sun to difficult shady corners. Periwinkle is a robust, low growing shrub that produces inky blue flowers from April right through until September. Vinca bears dark green…  More Info

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Gynostemma pentaphyllum

…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 appear in summer. Gynostemma pentaphyllum is frost tender so is best grown in patio containers or lifted from borders and…  More Info

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Clematis 'Yukikomachi'

…in late summer. Its delicate colouring is best preserved when grown in a shaded position, making this variety a perfect choice for lighting up a shady corner of the patio. Clematis ?Yukikomachi' is Japanese bred, unusual and a particularly elegant choice. Height: 2.5m (8').…  More Info

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness'

…beneficial garden insects such as bees and butterflies. After it has flowered in the late spring, the green foliage and appealing seedheads of Aquilegia 'William Guinness' remain an attractive addition to sunny or partially shady gardens throughout the season. Height: 75cm …  More Info

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Dodecatheon meadia

…meadia loves 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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Busy Lizzie 'Accent Mixed'

A bright splash of colour for even the shady areas of your garden. Busy Lizzie Accent produces vibrant flowers in solid shades and bicolours all summer long, and well into autumn. Remarkably versatile and tolerant of full sun, these busy lizzies make a bold statement for beds and…  More Info

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Mahonia aquifolium

…prickly, 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 ideal shrub for a beginner…  More Info

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Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid'

…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 most Clematis, sunshine can cause the flowers to fade, but…  More Info

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Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Apricot Shades Improved' F1 Hybrid

…plugs so they can be planted straight out in the garden provided that there are no forecasts of frost. Perfect for filling containers, baskets and borders without the need for growing on. Pre-planted Baskets - Take the hassle out of planting up your patio containers with…  More Info

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Astilbe Censation™ 'Glitter & Glamour'

…well suited to damp areas of the garden, or the edge of a pond. It can grow well in full shade, making it a good choice for a woodland garden, or a shady, north facing cottage garden. Its flower stems can attract bees and butterflies, as they are rich in nectar.'Height: 70cm…  More Info

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Ligustrum vulgare 'Atrovirens'

…in July and August when it produces white flowers followed by small, dark fruit. Although fast-growing, Ligustrum vulgare 'Atrovirens' is suitable for low maintenance gardens and can thrive almost anywhere, whether sunny, shady, warm, cold, sheltered or exposed. Height and…  More Info

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Hydrangea arborescens ' Pink Annabelle'

This extraordinary shrub bears enormous spherical flower heads that contrast wonderfully with the dark green foliage. 'Pink Annabelle' is perfect in shady borders or a woodland garden, and the huge flowerheads can be used to create elegant dried flower arrangements. Height…  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 for any garden! Height:…  More Info

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Ajuga reptans 'Party Colour'

…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 for shady patio containers. Height:…  More Info

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Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

…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 almost any other plant;…  More Info

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Foxglove 'Alba'

…variety, Foxglove purpurea 'Alba' will bring a touch of calm to a busy, colourful border during early summer. These all spires of snow white blooms will brighten dappled shade in woodland areas and shady borders, where its pale flowers appear luminescent as…  More Info

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Penstemon 'Vesuvius'

…throughout the summer and early autumn, this hardy perennial?s compact, upright habit makes it well suited to the front of sunny or partially shady borders, or to patio containers. The blooms themselves are a pretty purple-blue colour with a pure white throat and…  More Info

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Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red'

…for borders or large patio pots, this decorative plant has delightfully glossy curled and crimped leaves which turn rich red in autumn. Don't be fooled by its exotic appearance - it may not look easy to grow but these shrubs plants are surprisingly hardy and are ideal for…  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! Height: 50cm…  More Info

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Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata

If you have a difficult shady area to fill in your garden then a Hosta or two is the ideal solution as they can cope with dry shaded borders or moist, damp and dark borders. Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata is quick growing and clump forming so you'll soon be…  More Info

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Hosta 'Fragrant Blue'

…name, the heart-shaped leaves of Hosta 'Fragrant Blue' are joined by sweet-smelling, mauve flowers in July and August. Best grown in moist, shady borders, this hardy perennial continues to produce its blue-green foliage throughout the season, covering soil densely and…  More Info

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Hosta 'Carnival'

…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 well in most environments. If given the chance, it will clump and spread, providing excellent ground…  More Info

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Hosta 'Pilgrim'

…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 an equally excellent choice for moist containers. Height: 20cm (8);…  More Info

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Lysimachia punctata

Striking yellow flowers bloom from mid summer on neat clumps of tall elegant stems. A superb plant for difficult clay soils and shady areas. Lysimachia will also thrive in damp borders or on the edges of a pond. Height 90cm  More Info

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Geranium 'Johnson's 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 shady woodland areas of your garden. This much-loved, versatile plant is easy to grow and is an RHS Award of…  More Info

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Buxus sempervirens

…and low border edges. The small, glossy green leaves are densely 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…  More Info

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Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

…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 courtyard or border, where it makes a bold statement. It looks good with ferns and provides really effective ground cover in…  More Info

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart'

…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 Siberian Bugloss is also useful for a sunny position; the silvery, heart…  More Info

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Primula vialii

Stately crimson-budded spikes of bloom open to lilac, 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.…  More Info

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Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea'

…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 often difficult for plants to grow. Height:…  More Info

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Dicentra spectablis 'Alba'

…leaves. Inspired by the unusual shape of the flowers, this lovely plant also goes by the name of the Lyre Flower, Dutchman?s Breeches, or Bleeding Heart. It grows well in a moist, shady spot, its bright white blooms bringing a splash of light to a dark corner. Height: 120cm …  More Info

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Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction'

…white and purple flowers throughout late spring and early summer, which are attractive to bees. A perfect addition to herbaceous borders, woodland gardens and wildlife gardens this informal herbaceous perennial is fully hardy and easy to grow in a shady spot. Height:…  More Info

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Geranium himalayense

Geranium himalayense is a particularly 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…  More Info

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Corydalis 'Canary Feathers'

A hardy perennial that will grace dark and shady areas of the garden with vibrant yellow tubular flowers from May to September, Corydalis 'Canary Feathers' is a delight. This vigorous garden beauty has clusters of yellow blooms contrasting with its upright, blue-grey feathery…  More Info

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Ajuga reptans f. albiflora 'Alba'

…perennial will flourish in those dreaded shady areas and will thrive on virtually any soil. This sturdy, dependable plant, commonly known as Bugle, will flower from late spring to early summer and looks superb at the front of cottage garden borders, or creeping…  More Info

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Clematis 'Proteus'

…produces large, mauve-pink flowers and its compact habit makes it ideal for growing in borders or containers. Clematis 'Proteus' is useful for difficult north facing positions as it will tolerate a shady site. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 1m (3') Pruning group: 2. Plant…  More Info

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Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter'

Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter' is a robust hardy perennial that will be happy in shady positions in most soil types. This dead nettle is perfect for ground cover as it will quickly provide a covering of silvery foliage with deep green edges enhanced from April to mid summer with…  More Info

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Hosta 'Francee'

…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 in a …  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 borders. Height…  More Info

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