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'Plants For Shaded Areas'

English Bluebells

A sea of English bluebells rekindles memories of springtime woodland walks, when the days start to lengthen and the weather warms up. The nodding, violet-blue flowers of these hardy, native bulbs attract insects to their delicately scented flowers. At their happiest when growingMore Info

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Calendula officinalis 'Oopsy Daisy'

Unusual orange bicoloured blooms never seen before in a calendula. Easy to sow and grow - create a colourful, dwarf display by direct sowing into a sunny border or patio container.More Info

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Vinca major

A fantastic evergreen ground cover plant, Vinca major produces trailing stems clothed in glossy green leaves. From mid-spring through to autumn, pretty star-shaped, blue-lilac flowers decorate the plant on upright stems. Tolerating even heavy shade, Greater Periwinkle is a fantasMore Info

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Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia'

Don't be fooled by this Spotted Laurel's delicate flowers and exotic foliage, for the hardy shrub is well-suited to the changeable British climate. Whether it's planted in a shady, dry or costal garden, Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' will sport glossy, evergreen, gold-patterned lMore Info

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Knautia macedonica 'Melton Pastels'

Knautia macedonica 'Melton Pastels' is a delightful plant, that looks fantastic planted in colourful cottage garden or informal garden borders. This variety of Knautia has pin cushion flowers, in gentle shades of pink, rose and crimson on slender, airy, tall stems and will flowerMore Info

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Erica carnea f. alba 'Golden Starlet'

A worthy winner of an RHS AGM award, this attractive heather 'Golden Starlet' is named not for it's flowers, which are pure white but for the foliage which turns from a vibrant lime green to a golden yellow which will light up your borders, beds and containers. As with all EricaMore Info

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Lily 'Splendid Joy'

Good ground cover for areas around trees and shrubs, the colour-drenched blooms are an added bonus!More Info

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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

The tidy-looking Hakonechloa is an attractive 'clumpy' grass for shady or sunny spots alike. An attractive grass is great for gravel areas in gardens and for or for a Japanese look. Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' is a particularly fine-looking green-yellow grass, tinged attractivelyMore Info

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Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

The subtle shading of green and gold are the highlight of Carex 'Evergold'. The slender evergreen leaves will bring graceful movement to both sunny spots or shaded areas of the garden. Carex 'Evergold' is perfect for rock gardens, edging for borders, patio pots and even plantingMore Info

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Callicarpa kwangtungensis

Callicarpa kwangtungensis produces clumps of soft pink flowers from July onwards, followed in autumn by glistening purple berries. Throughout the growing season the leaves are flushed with an attractive plum hue that matures to pinks and orange for an intense autumn display. ThisMore Info

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Potentilla tridentata 'Nuuk'

Potentilla tridentata 'Nuuk' is an evergreen, low growing plant and an ideal choice for the rockery or alpine garden, or for groundcover in a low maintenance garden. Its glossy dark green leaves sometimes turn to bronze and red wine shades during the winter months, and in late spMore Info

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Buddleja davidii 'Adonis Blue'

Buddleja davidii 'Adonis Blue' is an essential plant for any wildlife area or cottage garden border, as it will attract butterflies and pollinating insects in droves. Rich indigo blue panicles hang delicately at the end of slender stems adorned with silvery grey leaves. This stunMore Info

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Mahonia aquifolium

The Mahonia aquifolium is great for year round interest in the garden, providing a variety of colours through the seasons. This wonderful shrub has shiny weatherproof foliage, which contrasts with the bright acid-yellow tones of the spring blossom. With blue-black berries addingMore Info

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Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low'

Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low' does exactly that. It is a low growing groundcover plant, that is good for filling empty space with greenery, and is particularly useful for areas that are hard to reach and maintain. For example; behind greenhouses, below house windows, or steep banks inMore Info

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Hypericum x moserianum 'Tricolor'

Hypericum x moserianum 'Tricolor' is a particularly low-growing variety of St. John's Wort, making for excellent, colourful ground cover. The hardy shrub's semi-evergreen foliage is easy to grow and requires little maintenance, even in poor conditions, but is most notable for itsMore Info

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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer - Bloomstar'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bloomstruck' flowers from May until September and throughout these months this shrub is full of beautiful flowerheads, each measuring up to 13cm in size, that grow on bright red shoots. What is fascinating about this Hydrangea is that the colours of the floMore Info

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Sarcococca confusa

For wonderful winter colour and fragrance the Sarcococca confusa is a popular choice. With charming small white flowers which have a powerful honey-like fragrance, and hide beneath the glorious deep-green, leathery foliage, this delightful hardy shrub then produces long lasting bMore Info

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Foxglove 'Alba'

Content to remain understated during daylight, Foxglove 'Alba' comes into its own at dusk, when the pristine flower spikes catch and reflect light, bringing a glow to the borders. The elegant blooms also make charming cut flowers, adding a vertical accent to summer bouquets, andMore Info

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Winter Aconite

This woodland member of the buttercup family will swiftly multiply to form a glowing carpet of golden yellow flowers each spring. The cup shaped blooms of the winter aconite attract pollinating insects to your spring garden, and associate beautifully with snowdrops and bluebellsMore Info

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Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Gold'

This Mexican Orange Blossom plant is an attractive shrub for wide garden borders or planted as a flowering hedge. Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Gold' has quite exotic, subtle green-gold foliage which has lime tones in shaded areas. It flowers in spring then again in late summer, prMore Info

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Umbrella Bamboo 'Selection'

Fargesia murielae, also known as the Umbrella Bamboo due to its graceful arching habit, is a large evergreen bamboo growing to over 2m (6.5') tall. Unlike many bamboos, Umbrella Bamboo 'Selection' has a clump-forming habit so won't invade your garden. The elegant, arching canes aMore Info

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Delphinium 'Magic Fountains Mixed'

This wonderful mixed colour Delphinium provides a subtle blend of seven different shades of bloom which can be enjoyed in early summer. The hardy perennial plant produces majestic spires of white, lilac and blue flowers which look impressive in the middle of a border, particularlMore Info

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Foxglove 'Mixed'

Foxglove 'Mixed' produces iconic flower spikes from early summer, in a range of gently harmonious colours. Its tall blooms are idea for cutting, adding a strong vertical accent to summer bouquets. Digitalis are a perfect choice for bringing height and stature to shaded borders, wMore Info

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Hosta 'Wide Brim'

Hostas are loved for their bold foliage that provide interest in very shaded areas of the garden, where other plants would struggle to grow. Hosta 'Wide Brim' is a striking variety, that has variegated foliage with deep green centres and pale creamy-yellow margins. In July, lilacMore Info

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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold'

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold' is a slow-growing conifer with a Yew-like appearance. Commonly known as the Plum Yew, it enjoys a cool, moist position and makes a useful specimen plant for shaded woodland areas. 'Korean Gold' is a columnar variety with a compact narrow grMore Info

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Hosta Collection

Grown for their decorative foliage, Hostas make superb ground cover. These hardy perennials form dense mounds of foliage in a multitude of shapes and colours, which are complimented by upright flower spikes in summer. Perfect for lightly shaded areas where they will appreciate soMore Info

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Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata'

Japanese Spurge is a useful ground cover plant, thriving in those difficult shaded areas on almost any soil. If the emerald green foliage of the species is too oppressive then add a splash of colour with this light reflecting variegated form.More Info

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Betula pendula (clump)

A superb choice for coastal areas where bearing masses of fragrant, golden, pea-like flowers that will brighten the garden from March to April.More Info

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Etna'

Prunus laurocerasus 'Etna' is a dense, evergreen shrub which will make it a classic plant choice for creating a hedge in any part of the garden. This includes shaded areas, north-facing borders and coastal gardens. The Cherry Laurel will form a dense hedge of large glossy leavesMore Info

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia'

When grown as a hedge, this Cherry Laurel looks smart, glossy and dense. The shiny leaves form a lovely backdrop for the creamy white flower spikes in spring which are a magnet for pollinating insects. As the flowers fade, glossy berries take their place, providing food for hungrMore Info

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Cherry laurel (Hedging)

Laurel is a well known hedging plant species and the Cherry Laurel in particular demonstrates the many reasons why they are so popular. Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' is a worthy RHS AGM winner, awarded in part for it's large glossy leaves and the elegant creamy white flowerMore Info

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Aronia x prunifolia 'Viking'

As you might expect from a plant called Aronia x prunifolia 'Viking', this shrub is often admired for its striking appearance and hardy nature. In the spring, its deciduous foliage appears, followed by interesting, pink-white flowers. These blooms are succeeded by spherical, blacMore Info

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