Shade Plant Specialists

Long Acre Plants is essentially a mail order plantsman's nursery, situated in a hidden triangle of Somerset that slides into Dorset and Wiltshire. We specialise in unusual woodland plants and plants for shade, by mail order. This includes Erythronium, Epimedium, hardy ferns, hardy geraniums, hellebores (Helleborus), snowdrops, Viola odorata and Hepatica amongst many other shade loving plants.
Plants are the reason for this business and with a very few exceptions we grow what we like, for all the usual human reasons of association, perception of what is beautiful or just inexplicable love.
We try and grow in an environmentally aware way, including peat free compost, collecting and recycling rain water and using recycled paper. Plus all electricity used in the nursery and office is generated by wind or hydro, not through burning fossil fuels.
Shade Plant Specialists
Geranium

Geranium

Hardy geraniums are amazingly good in shade, even dry shade. The geranium forms we offer are Summer flowering so often give colour to shady areas during the most difficult time. We find that hardy geraniums combine well with Spring bulbs; eg snowdrops through to Erythronium. Geraniums cover the gaps after the bulbs finish and give another season of colour.

Hardy Ferns

We offer an extensive and large range of wonderful hardy woodland or shade garden ferns, evergreen and deciduous. As a rule, ferns are best in shade, but some ferns will take almost full sun. Some are good in dry soils others in moist. Ferns fit into many different style of gardens, Japanese gardens, woodland gardens, cottage gardens, courtyards and containers, city gardens, tropical/ foliage style gardens even alpine gardens can look wonderful with a range of dwarf ferns, as well as pure ferns gardens or stumperies. Ferns fit into practically all garden situations and combine well with other plants. For example, deciduous ferns can be grown successfully in the same situation as a large Winter/Spring bulb displays, with aconites, Cyclamen, Galanthus, Narcissus and Erythronium etc.
Hardy Ferns
Helleborus

Helleborus

We have a large range of hellebores available for immediate delivery. These hellebores are hand pollinated, vigorous breeding, line produced plants that are of a type but all slightly different. Hellebores are great plants for the woodland garden and come in a large range of colours and are pretty much trouble free. We do have some unusual forms such as Double Helleborus niger and Helleborus thibetanus available.

Tiarella

Tiarella is a lovely genus of plants, hugely developed over the last few years. The basic running Tiarella cordifolia, or foamflower, and the clump forming Tiarella wherryi, have been developed into a number of very shade tolerant, and once established, dry shade tolerant plants. The new Tiarella forms are evergreen but change throughout the year, with leaf colour and form.
Tiarella
Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a genus with a number of non-hardy species, but there are also some very hardy species of Cyclamen which thrive in a woodland or shady garden. Early Autumn flowering Cyclamen hederifolium will just about grow anywhere. Winter flowering Cyclamen coum is also is very tolerant of shade, even thriving under walnut trees, where growth in many other plants is greatly supressed.

New Woodland Plants

Wulfenia x schwarzii

Wulfenia x schwarzii

4.50

An interesting evergreen rosette forming perennial to 30cm high. Related to and in the same family as plantains these are ...
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Pulmonaria 'Silverado'

Pulmonaria 'Silverado'

5.50 (2 or fewer items) 4.95 (3 or more items)

A typical red purple flowered variety but with good foliage all throufg the growing season. Silerv white foliage with a green ...
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Epimedium 'Mandarin Star'

6.00

A white flowered cultivar, evergreen with starry white flowers with a yellow centre.
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Lamium galeobdolon 'Kirkcudbright Dwarf'

2.95

A compact form of the native yellow archangel with silver marked foliage with spikes of pale yellow flowers. Not invasive, but ...
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Geranium phaeum 'Waterer's Blue'

Geranium phaeum 'Waterer's Blue'

5.50

A pale blue selection, sometimes lavender blue sometimes ice blue once established. From the Somerset garden of Rozanne Waterer, who's first ...
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Ajuga reptans 'Alba'

Ajuga reptans 'Alba'

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (3 or more items)

A plain green leaved variety with lots of white flowers through Spring.
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Geranium phaeum 'Blue Shadow'

Geranium phaeum 'Blue Shadow'

5.00

A good relatively large flowered blue flowered form.
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Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Hanna'

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Hanna'

5.50

Pale pink prolific flowering form, with a white edge to the pink flowers.
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Best Selling Plants

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White' AGM

3.50 (2 or fewer items) 2.95 (3 or more items)

{About}syn Nivea. A lovely pure white strain of this good garden plant, easy in shade where is shows up wonderfully well. A native plant.
{Cultivation} Hardy and very easy in even dry shade, May and June flowering they will mildly seed around and estblish itself coming up where it wants to grow, easy to control.
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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (3 or more items)

{About}
We were asked for sweet woodruff so often that we now grow it. Mythical thug for a shady spot where it can spread and display its white flowers in Spring. Will tolerate dry soils. It was used most effectively as ground cover in a small, shady courtyard show garden at Chelsea 2012, and can be seen at Mottisfont forming a wonderful ground cover under a fig tree.
{Cultivation}
Galium will spread quite vigorously. So a plant that will survive in difficult situations.
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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'

3.50 (2 or fewer items) 2.95 (3 or more items)


{About} Double ruby red flowered form, very good in shade, even dry shade, and will seed true.
{Cultivation} Hardy and very easy in even dry shade, May and June flowering they will mildly seed around and estblish itself coming up where it wants to grow, easy to control.
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Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice'

Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice'

4.95 (2 or fewer items) 4.50 (3 or more items)

'Sugar and Spice' is one of our best with shiny, lacquered leaves, which are lacy with a heavily marked center in Summer and Winter. Spring brings lightly fragrant flowers, frosted pink with a white interior.
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

4.50 (2 or fewer items) 3.95 (3 or more items)

Predictably large with blue flowers. One of the best of the good flowering forms, and strong evergreen foliage.
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Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'

Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'

5.50

Splendid pink flowers in masses in Spring over deeply cut foliage with a streak down the centre.

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