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'Plants That Thrive In Shade'

Philadelphus Innocence

The name of Philadelphus 'Innocence' might lead you to suspect that this hardy deciduous shrub is a shy and retiring flower which prefers not to be noticed. But there is good reason why this Mock Orange has been awarded the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit). Philadelphus 'InnocenceMore Info

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Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'

The Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' brings a blaze of summertime colour to your garden, whatever the weather is doing. These fiery orange, red and yellow daisy flowers provide a constant blanket of bold, bright colour right though the summer months and continuing well into autumn. PerfeMore Info

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Astrantia major 'Roma'

Astrantia major 'Roma' is an easy-to-grow clump-forming hardy perennial that will thrive in sun or semi-shade in any garden soil - even heavy clay! Its long flowering period from June to August can be extended should the dying flower heads be cut back, alternatively leave them onMore Info

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Euonymus fortunei 'Harlequin'

A dwarf evergreen Spindle bush, Euonymus fortunei 'Harlequin', produces young white shoots that turn to variegated silver and green leaves. In the winter the foliage turns to shades of reddish pink. This plant has a vigourous spreading habit, ideal for groundcover underneath treeMore Info

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Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels'

Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels'�has aromatic foliage and large, flat flower heads in interesting pastel shades which will create a wonderful tapestry of summer colour. It is a tough and reliable Yarrow, which thrives on light sandy soils and copes well with coastal conditioMore Info

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Viola 'Bunny Ears'

Cheeky little violas that retain that classic pansy face beneath unsually long ?rabbit ear? top petals. The compact plants are perfect for smaller containers or planting pockets in rockeries and borders ? you can even sow them in cracks in walls and paving. Height 20cm (8in).More Info

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Deutzia 'Tourbillon Rouge'

This bushy deciduous shrub produces delightful pink star-shaped flowers in early summer. Each pale pink bloom has dark-pink-blushed petals and a light scent, and are attractive to bees. Thriving in sun or part shade, Deutzia 'Tourbillon Rouge' is a pretty addition to leafy woodlaMore 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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Foxglove 'Apricot'

Foxglove 'Apricot' is a pretty variety with muted apricot tones that effortlessly blend into almost any colour scheme. It bears its tall flower spikes in early summer, above rosettes of coarse green foliage. Digitalis thrives in light shade, making it particularly useful for planMore 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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Taxus baccata 'Kupfergold'

The golden foliage of Taxus baccata 'Kupfergold' and its compact, slow growing nature, make it a great choice for adding a splash of year-round colour to the garden. Grow this Yew in a prominent position where you can enjoy the neat bush form. It is an easy-going plant, happy inMore Info

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Viburnum tinus

Also known as Laurustinus, this Mediterranean evergreen shrub is an excellent all-round plant, thriving in any soil and growing equally well in full sun or deep shade! The leathery dark green leaves are accompanied in winter and spring by flattened clusters of fragrant white flowMore 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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Taxus x media 'Hicksii'

Taxus x media 'Hicksii' is a female variety of Yew. It has a straight growing columnar habit and rich green leaves. One of its key benefits is that it grows much more quickly than the more common English Yew. Taxus x media 'Hicksii' is happy when pruned back but looks particularlMore Info

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

For a really powerful winter fragrance Sarcococca hookeriana digyna will not disappoint, as it fills your garden with a dramatic aroma right through the cold season from clusters of small, creamy-white flowers. Extremely tough and resilient, Sweet Box can be grown as a low hedgeMore Info

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Spiraea japonica 'Genpei'

As a dwarf variety with a mound-forming habit, Spiraea japonica 'Genpei' adds ornamental charm to any garden setting. Spireas are popular deciduous shrubs, and 'Genpei' is so welcoming to insects that it has been given an RHS Perfect for Pollinators award. Its attractive flowersMore Info

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Spiraea japonica 'Genpei'

Spiraea are popular deciduous shrubs and this dwarf variety has a mound forming habit which adds an ornamental charm to any garden setting.More Info

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Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

If you are looking for a dark leaved shrub then Weigela florida 'Alexandra' is a superb choice. Weigela was brought to Britain from the Far East in the mid 19th Century and since then many different varieties have been developed. Weigela florida 'Alexandra' is a mid sized WeigelaMore Info

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Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus (Spiny Bear's Breeches) is a wonderfully bushy border plant that's perfect for a sunny or semi-shady spot in any cottage garden. Not only does it thrive in any garden soils, but despite its exotic appearance, it is fully hardy so you don't have to worry about itMore Info

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Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'

Tough as old bootsis one way we've heard gaillardia described! They almost thrive on neglect and love hot, dry conditions. A true perennial - they'll flower all summer and again next year tooMore Info

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Perennial Ground Cover Collection

Our ground cover collection brings so many benefits, which all lead to one thing: low maintenance gardening. Front of border plants or set them in dappled shade as underplanting to trees and shrubs. This collection includes the following varieties - Arabis 'Lotti Pink', ErigeronMore Info

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Vinca minor 'Illumination'

Vinca minor 'Illumination' is a vigorous, carpeting shrub that thrives in virtually any garden position, from sun to deep shade. Its gold-splashed foliage and cobalt-blue flowers are particularly striking, making 'Illumination' a colourful choice for brightening dark corners. VinMore Info

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Vinca 'Collection'

Problem solving periwinkle has it all! Thriving in dim corners where even grass won't grow periwinkle will grow vigorously and flower relentlessly with rich and vibrant blooms. What's more, it will beat the weeds too!More Info

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Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Daffadowndilly'

The daffodil begonia was almost lost to cultivation, but we've worked with breeders to bring an old-time classic back to UK gardens. This vintage begonia variety has been re-worked to offer stunning giant daffodil-like blooms in shades of salmon pink for a fresh contemporary lookMore Info

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Ajuga reptans f. albiflora 'Alba'

Cover your shaded soil in an evergreen carpet by choosing to plant Bugle. These hardy perennials grow densely in almost all soil types, creating an impenetrable mat of evergreen foliage which cannot be invaded by weeds. Ajuga reptans f. albiflora 'Alba' is a particularly distinctMore Info

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Goji Berry Collection

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Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristata'

An unusual fern, Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristata' is a variant of the British native Hart's Tongue Fern. Each glossy leaf has numerous divisions at the tip to form a bushy habit. As with all ferns, this evergreen perennial relishes a damp, shady spot but will also tolerate dryMore Info

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Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'

Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen' has amazing ?wet-look? foliage due to the extra glossy surface of the leaves. In early summer, this low maintenance perennial bears short upright spikes of pristine white flowers that contrast beautifully with dark foliage.More Info

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Onoclea sensibilis

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Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

With it's graceful arching variegated leaves Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' is a hardy perennial with a dense, clump forming habit that suits being placed in rockeries, containers and the front of borders, during late spring you can also expect small, white flower spikes. This sedgeMore Info

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Hosta 'Francee'

The distinctive foliage of Hosta 'Francee' is instantly recognisable. The hardy perennial's green, ribbed leaves are edged with a contrasting cream colour. This variety of Plantain Lily therefore adds a splash of colour when it forms clumps in shady borders or patio containers. IMore Info

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