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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…  More Info

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Box Hedging

…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 arrive as a sturdy young plant in a 9cm pot, ready for you to grow on and…  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.…  More Info

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Magical Moonlight'

…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: 250cm (98). Useful links: How to grow Hydrangeas How…  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 (24).…  More Info

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Buxus sempervirens

…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 garden. Height and…  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. Size one…  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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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 rewarded with…  More Info

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Vinca major

…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, evergreen foliage on ground-covering stems that can help to beat weeds, making it a beneficial addition to any…  More Info

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Carex morrowii 'Variegata'

…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 gardens, preferring…  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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Mimulus x cultorum 'Major Bees'

…markings make a wonderful addition 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.  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 appear…  More Info

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Dodecatheon meadia

…more widely grown in UK gardens. The spring blooms are similar to Cyclamen, with reflexed petals and a lovely deep pink colour, but carried on much taller, 45cm (18) stems. Dodecatheon meadia loves a cool, shady spot where it will add a splash of colour to spring   More Info

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Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid'

…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 most Clematis, sunshine can cause the…  More Info

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness'

…which are attractive to 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  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…  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. Height and spread: 45cm (18). Culinary information: The best part to use is…  More Info

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Mahonia aquifolium

…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…  More Info

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Ligustrum vulgare 'Atrovirens'

…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 low…  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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Polygonatum biflorum

…gorgeous shade plant, that can thrive in shady parts of the garden, where other plants would struggle. This shrub can grow to a height of 2 metres, and has arching stems, with pairs of delicate white droplet flowers along them. It is an ideal plant  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 can also…  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   More Info

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Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'

…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 shady woodland areas of your garden.<…  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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Meconopsis 'Lingholm'

…flowers upon tall stems. Himalayan Blue Poppies are highly sought after for their exquisite beauty and most unusual coloured poppy flowers, which appear throughout early summer. Plant these captivating flowers in a woodland garden or moist, shady border. Height…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Red'

…are a winter garden plant, providing colour during the bleakest months of the year. 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…  More Info

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Meconopsis grandis 'Lingholm'

…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 garden or moist, shady border. Height: 80cm (31).…  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: 60cm …  More Info

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Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' (Atropurpurea Group)

…in early autumn, gracing the garden with a delicate jasmine-like scent. Formerly included within Cimicifuga, try growing this hardy perennial in woodland gardens or shady herbaceous borders, where it will happily tolerate clay soils. Height: 1.2m (4'). Spread:…  More Info

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Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

…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; companions could include hostas, ferns…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Burgundy'

…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 hardy, evergreen plants  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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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.…  More Info

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Busy Lizzie 'Accent Mixed'

…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 other plugs so they can be   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 evergreen, these…  More Info

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Hellebore 'Single Yellow Spotted'

…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 beginners or those with small gardens,  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.…  More Info

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Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'

…attractive and unusual plant, with ferny purple foliage tinged with red, accompanied by tubular flowers 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 …  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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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 shady spots in…  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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Ajuga reptans f. albiflora 'Alba'

…illuminate even the dullest corner of your garden, whilst the thick mats of evergreen foliage will make excellent ground cover. This hardy perennial will flourish in those dreaded shady areas and will thrive on virtually any soil. This sturdy, dependable plant,  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…  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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Hellebore 'Washfield Doubles'

…plain, some freckled and others veined in a contrasting colour. The graceful blooms of Hellebore 'Washfield Doubles' are borne above leathery, evergreen foliage and make a stunning addition to shady borders, woodland gardens, and winter containers. Height and spread:…  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 large…  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 which can   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 shady  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 ground…  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 prove…  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. Height:…  More Info

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart'

…is a hardy yet decorative 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,…  More Info

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Vinca Collection

…evergreen groundcover plants with wiry stems of dense foliage and star-shaped flowers throughout spring and summer. This wonderful Periwinkle Collection includes three popular varieties in a mixture of vibrant colours. Perfect for brightening up a sunny or shady spot…  More Info

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Foxglove lanata

This is a Foxglove with a difference! Make your garden unique by adding the unusual Foxglove lanata to a shady but well-drained area of your garden. It is a holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) and is also known as…  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 'Fragrant Blue'

True to the plant's 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…  More Info

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Hosta 'Fire and Ice'

The RHS have recognised the superb garden performance of Hosta 'Fire and Ice' with an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), and you should too! This plantain lily's variegated leaves have a pure white centre edged with bottle green, providing a striking backdrop to the funnel-shaped,…  More Info

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