Shade Plants

Cool and shady gardens are the perfect retreat from the summer sun, and with garden sizes getting smaller and houses getting bigger, finding plants that will thrive and flower in the shade can be tricky. Here’s a selection of exceptional flowers that love the shade, will thrive under trees and even along the south side of your home.

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CANTERBURY BELLS BLUE
CANTERBURY BELLS BLUE
SEEDS: S483
One of the prettiest blues for cut flowers, Cantebury Bells is an old- fashioned favorite of experienced gardeners because they flower through mid-summer and are spectacular in a mixed border.
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COMFREY 'HIDCOTE BLUE'
COMFREY 'HIDCOTE BLUE'
PLANTS: PSYHB
Striking nodding flowers are produced in whorls around the top of the stems of this virtually impenetrable ground cover, which is suited to shady areas of the garden. The vigorous roots, like the herbal comfrey, may require root barriers to control spread in some situations.
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EDELWEISS
EDELWEISS
SEEDS: S452
A beautiful little alpine plant suited to cooler climates. Much loved for its unusual bright white star-shaped flowers above silvery green. One for the adventurous gardener keen to try something unique in the plant world. It requires light for germination so do not cover the seeds with soil.
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FOXGLOVE ‘DUSKY MAID’
FOXGLOVE ‘DUSKY MAID’
PLANTS: PFODM
Originating from Spain and Africa, this small perennial foxglove offers hardy charm to gardens. Also known as Sunset Foxglove, the delicate bell-shaped flowers hang off flower spikes in dusky yellow-amber tones. Fine foliage and no to be compared to the common biennial foxglove.
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NASTURTIUM 'ALASKA SCARLET'
NASTURTIUM 'ALASKA SCARLET'
SEEDS: S658
Green leaves splashed with white, this unique variegated foliage is more Pollock that Arctic state. This low growing Nasturtium increases interest in any situation with contrasting foliage against scarlet red flowers. Beneficial and edible, Nasturtiums will continue to self seed in the garden left to their own devices.
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NASTURTIUM 'EMPRESS OF INDIA'
NASTURTIUM 'EMPRESS OF INDIA'
SEEDS: S657
A Nasturtium of regal disposition. Dramatic jade green leaves form the perfect canvas, announcing the arrival of deep red flowers that evoke the sub continent. A hardy annual whose peppery leaves can decoy and camouflage vegetables from pest attack. All parts of the plant including the green seed pods are edible.
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NASTURTIUM TRAILING MIX
NASTURTIUM TRAILING MIX
SEEDS: S664
With its ability to climb, the bright yellow, red and orange flowering Trailing mix can easily be planted to cascade out of planters, over garden edges, along walls with support and cover that unsightly fence. All the beneficial and culinary qualities of a Nasturtium with the means to venture further a field.
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PENNY ROYAL
PENNY ROYAL
SEEDS: S878
Fuzzy lilac flowers and dark green, peppermint scented foliage which deters fleas. Can plant beside dog kennels. Covers 2.5m2.
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PLECTRANTHUS ARGENTATUS
PLECTRANTHUS ARGENTATUS
PLANTS: PPLA
A spreading Australian native evergreen shrub with velvety broad silver leaves. A useful heat and dry tolerant ground cover or understory plant for shade or sun, thriving beneath trees in tough, competitive conditions. Spikes of white flowers on mauve stems rise above the foliage in spring and summer. An ideal plant for sprawling over challengin...
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PLECTRANTHUS ECKLONII
PLECTRANTHUS ECKLONII
PLANTS: PPLE
An evergreen tall shade-loving shrub from South Africa with masses of vibrant purple cone-shaped flowers from late summer, peaking throughout autumn. The large green leaves and showy flowers will light up those difficult low light positions, ideal beneath tall trees and as a backdrop to smaller growing shade plants. A reliable and easy care plan...
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SWEET ALYSSUM 'CARPET OF SNOW'
SWEET ALYSSUM 'CARPET OF SNOW'
SEEDS: S454
A quiet achiever in the flower family when it comes to showiness but one of the best additions to you garden. Sweet Alyssum is renowned for its beneficial insect attracting qualities- and its honey scented blooms from spring through to autumn. Plant like a sprinkle of snow underneath fruit trees.
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TRADESCANTIA 'PURPLE HEART'
TRADESCANTIA 'PURPLE HEART'
PLANTS: WPUT
A striking foliage plant that's perfect for even the toughest locations. Plant in full sun to bring out the most intense magenta-purple colour in the foliage. An excellent spreading plant for rockeries and rough conditions, it can also be grown in pots and hanging baskets. Dry- tolerant once established.
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VIOLA 'HEARTSEASE'
VIOLA 'HEARTSEASE'
SEEDS: S598
The true Johnny-Jump-Up, also known as Heartsease for its use in treating a range of ailments throughout the ages- ranging from bronchial complaints to fevers to skin problems. We grow it purely for its endearing tri-coloured, face-like flowers and its ability to self seed where other violets dare not. It is the ultimate ground cover for plantin...
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ANEMONE 'QUEEN CHARLOTTE'
ANEMONE 'QUEEN CHARLOTTE'
PLANTS: PANQ
The large rose-pink flowers and tough resilient nature of this semi-double flowering form of anemone, make it a versatile addition to ornamental plantings in all conditions, including coastal. Known fondly as ‘windflowers’, this vigorous autumn-flowering perennial thrives in areas of shade and moisture. Plant in drifts under deciduous trees for ...
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ANEMONE 'QUEEN CHARLOTTE' - 3 PACK
ANEMONE 'QUEEN CHARLOTTE' - 3 PACK
PLANTS: PANQ3
The large rose-pink flowers and tough resilient nature of this semi-double flowering form of anemone, make it a versatile addition to ornamental plantings in all conditions, including coastal. Known fondly as ‘windflowers’, this vigorous autumn-flowering perennial thrives in areas of shade and moisture. Plant in drifts under deciduous trees for ...
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BLOODY DOCK
BLOODY DOCK
PLANTS: PRUM
Don't be put off by the name! Bloody Dock is a beautiful foliage plant, the vibrant, green leaves offsetting the striking, burgundy veins. Plant in a shady position in the garden or in ponds as a water plant.
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CHATHAM ISLAND FORGET-ME-NOT
CHATHAM ISLAND FORGET-ME-NOT
PLANTS: PCHBL
An outstanding evergreen perennial with brilliant glossy bright-green leaves and phenomenal huge heads of blue forget-me-not flowers in the spring. This New Zealand native is great in part or full shade and can tolerate coastal winds.
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COLUMBINE 'WILLIAM GUINESS'
COLUMBINE 'WILLIAM GUINESS'
PLANTS: PCOWL
Old world Colombine, 'William Guiness' holds striking bi-colour flowers, fondly known as Granny Bonnets, with flowers of inky black-sepals and an inner cream skirt circling the darker eye.
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GIANT GUNNERA
GIANT GUNNERA
PLANTS: WGUN
These giant plants are one for the botanists or those in search of a prehistoric garden. This monstrous vegetable thrusts huge umbrellas of leaf up to 1.5m towards the sky to create a mini forest of stems that need no staking. Must have constantly moist soil and plenty of space. An excellent understorey plant.
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HELLEBORE ‘WINTER STAR’
HELLEBORE ‘WINTER STAR’
PLANTS: PHEWR
Another new hybird from the breeding of Peter Leigh in Central Victoria. Deep red at the base of white petals, these cheerful nodding flowers will gladden the heart in the depths of winter.
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HELLEBORE 'DOUBLE PICOTEE'
HELLEBORE 'DOUBLE PICOTEE'
PLANTS: PHED
A double flowered hellebore with stunning white petals edged in burgundy like a can-can skirt. An improved variety with well-shaped petals and good form which delights in winter, like a winter rose.
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HELLEBORE 'DOUBLE RED'
HELLEBORE 'DOUBLE RED'
PLANTS: PHELDR
With rich tones that shine like a jewel in the garden, this unique double red hellebore stands out from the pack with pastel lemon stamens. Plant in part-shade in garden beds and under the canopy of trees.
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HELLEBORE 'DOUBLE WHITE'
HELLEBORE 'DOUBLE WHITE'
PLANTS: PHEDW
These outstanding seedlings are born from a Tasmanian clear double white hellebore. Whether grown near the house or as a ground cover under trees, this white beauty will reward with little attention and a brilliant white flower when the rest of the garden is asleep in winter.
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HELLEBORE 'MIDNIGHT'
HELLEBORE 'MIDNIGHT'
PLANTS: PHEMI
This dramatic hellebore is purple-black with just a sheen of red as it catches the low winter sunlight. Plant in a position where it can shine above its garden companions and be appreciated for the marvel that it is.
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ORANGE LONG HARVEST COLLECTION
ORANGE LONG HARVEST COLLECTION
PLANTS: WCITLH
Pick oranges all year round with this long harvest collection. Includes one plant each of Navel ‘Washington’, with fruit from May to September, Navel ‘Lane’s Late’ with fruit from September to December, and Valencia 'Delta Seedless' fruiting from September to March with fruit that stores on the tree for up to seven months.
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LOW PRESSURE COUNTRY SPRINKLER x 3
LOW PRESSURE COUNTRY SPRINKLER x 3
HARDWARE: HLOP3
A tried and true design, popular with all Diggers gardeners. Safe to use with dirty tank or washing machine water, as it does not get blocked. Covers a diameter of 10m. Not for high pressure.
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2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
Membership: MNE2CA2
Join the club and receive an exclusive gift, valued at $30. A stunning calendar featuring key dates, a guide to which seeds to sow each month and plenty of space to add your own events. Plus two free packets of some popular seeds – Tomato 'Black Cherry' and Lettuce Heirloom Mix.
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