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. A few will even keep their leaves through a mildish Winter too!

Hardy Ferns

We offer an extensive and large range of wonderful hardy woodland or shadeygarden 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 styles of garden, 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. An incredibly verstaile and pretty plant.
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

Alchemilla erythropoda AGM

4.95

A much more compact species, with similar ability to grow practically anywhere and bright yellow flowers. The leaves are smaller with ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Gelbes Monster'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Gelbes Monster'

4.95

A medium to large variety with large bracted creamy white flowers in the Autumn. Much more attractive than its name ...
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Saxifraga fortunei 'Shiranami' AGM

Saxifraga fortunei 'Shiranami' AGM

4.95

A compact green leaved variety which produces a mass of clean white flowers with notched petals in the Autumn.
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Hosta 'Remember Me' AGM

Hosta 'Remember Me' AGM

6.80

A medium and compact Hosta with bright yellow to creamy white centres to the leaves and mid green margin.
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Hosta 'Cathedral Windows' AGM

6.80

A wonderful new Hosta with a wide green margin and a bright greeny yellow centre. Similar to 'Stained Glass' but more ...
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Tiarella 'Emerald Ellie'

Tiarella 'Emerald Ellie'

5.95

A new clump forming variety with deeply cut leaves with dark centres. Pretty white flowers all the growing season.. Evergreen and ...
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Dryopteris koidzumiana

Dryopteris koidzumiana

6.30

Related to Dryopteris erythrosora 'Prolifica', it is a medium growing species with deep rusty red new fronds of medium build. Moisture ...
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Convallaria majalis 'Fragrant Gold'

6.00

A good golden yellow leaved form, typical flowers.
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Impatiens omieana 'Pink Nerves'

Impatiens omieana 'Pink Nerves'

4.90

A stunning!!<>!! new!!<>!! form with bright red-bronze leaves, with pink/red lower surfaces and reddish stems. Orange/yellow flowers with striking spurs in ...
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Cyathea australis

6.30

A tree fern with long graceful arching fronds with brown scales on the rib.!!<>!! Not hardy!!<>!! and needs a frost free ...
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Coniogramme emiensis

6.50

Very rarely seen, so we are thrilled to be able to offer it. Mottled yellow and green fronds on this ...
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Geranium nodosum 'Glos de Coudrey'

4.95

A good ground cover for dry soils, this cultivar has pretty bluish purple flowers with a white edge. Similar to White ...
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Best Selling Plants

Polystichum munitum AGM

Polystichum munitum AGM

4.20 (2 or fewer items) 3.80 (3 or more items)

The American sword fern. Well known and long cultivated in this country. Easy and very effective. Evergreen.
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Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

4.20 (2 or fewer items) 3.80 (3 or more items)

A most magnificent fern from the Himalayas and Japan, although named after the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich. The young unfolding fronds are a golden green in the Spring contrasting well with the hairy black midrib and stems. Needs moist conditions though not boggy and avoid dry alkaline soils. Evergreen.
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Dryopteris lepidopoda

Dryopteris lepidopoda

4.20 (2 or fewer items) 3.80 (3 or more items)

Common name, the Sunset Fern. A lovely fern from the Himalayas, superficially similar to Dryopteris wallichiana, upright in habit but with pink/red new flush to the glossy foliage. Easy to grow in a similar spot to D. wallichiana or erythrosora. Evergreen.
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Cyclamen coum 'Pink'

Cyclamen coum  'Pink'

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.60 (3 or more items)

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Pink flowers over plain green leaves.
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Flowering January to March
Dormant May to October.
Plant at 15-20 cm centres
Best planted in semi shade at the same depth as in the pots.
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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

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


A very useful groundcover for tough, dry shady conditions.

A mythical thug for a shady spot where it can spread and display its fragrant 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 in the walled garden at NT Mottisfont forming a wonderful ground cover under a fig tree.
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Galium will spread quite vigorously, but it is a plant that will survive the toughest of dry shady conditions.
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Cyclamen hederifolium 'Album' AGM

Cyclamen hederifolium 'Album' AGM

3.95 (2 or fewer items) 3.60 (3 or more items)

{About}
A pure white strain of this tough easy woodland Cyclamen, very hardy. Looks stunning in the Autumn as a mass underplant.
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Cyclamen hederifolium if very easy to grow in any well drained shaded spot and is one of the most tolerant of the driest dry shade. Plant at 20cm centres and at the same depth as the pots.
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