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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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BERGENIA 'WINTERGLUT'
BERGENIA 'WINTERGLUT'
PLANTS: PBECW
Bergenias are one of the most underrated garden plants. The large green leaves make it an ideal ground cover for full sun or semi shade and they thrive in poor soils. 'Winterglut' provides a welcome change from the common pink form with warm-red flowers standing tall above almost-black stems in spring. The foliage changes hue in autumn and winte...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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EUPHORBIA AMYGDALOIDES PURPUREA
EUPHORBIA AMYGDALOIDES PURPUREA
PLANTS: PEUA
Spreading by underground runners this purple wood spurge forms a neat low weed-smothering carpet that is easily contained. Dark purple foliage that contrasts well with its acid green flowers first appearing in spring and ...
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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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HELLEBORUS ARGUTIFOLIUS
HELLEBORUS ARGUTIFOLIUS
PLANTS: PHEAR
Formerly known as Helleborus corsicus, this is certainly the toughest hellebore, originating from the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Large clusters of 20 or more apple-green cupped flowers are hel...
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HELLEBORUS NIGER 3 PACK
HELLEBORUS NIGER 3 PACK
PLANTS: PHENI3
Species hellebore of repute with open white large flat-faced flowers. Flowers float above low-growing mounds of deep green leaves with a leathery texture. Self-seeds in optimum conditions.
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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. ...
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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 ...
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NASTURTIUM 'LADYBIRD'
NASTURTIUM 'LADYBIRD'
SEEDS: S660
Name alone, these toasty deep yellow edible flowers spotted with prominent deep red blotches and large seeds are a perfect easy introduction for children and beginners alike to start directly sowing seeds in the garden. Compact form can also be grown easily in pots and containers brightening even tight spaces.
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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 ...
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NEW ZEALAND LILY 'MATAPOURI BAY'
NEW ZEALAND LILY 'MATAPOURI BAY'
PLANTS: PARCM
Also known as the Renga Renga or NZ Rock Lily, this robust variety was selected for its superior waxy blue-green foliage produced in dense clumps. During spring, branching sprays carry numerous white starry flowers that light up any dry shady site. An adaptable evergreen strap leaf plant that suits almost any position and any garden style, from ...
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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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PLECTRANTHUS ECKLONII 3 PACK
PLECTRANTHUS ECKLONII 3 PACK
PLANTS: PPLE3
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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STROBILANTHES GOSSYPINUS
STROBILANTHES GOSSYPINUS
PLANTS: WSTGO
Hailing from the hillstations of Southern India and Sri Lanka this plant is a true exotic. The leaf texture is unrivalled in the plant world contrasting with other foliage and surrounding flowers. An easier to grow...
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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...
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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 ...
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VIOLET ‘LADY HUME CAMPBELL’
VIOLET ‘LADY HUME CAMPBELL’
PLANTS: PLHC
An introduction to Britain in 1875 and named in recognition of the Lady who discovered this exquisite double mauve parma violet. Large violet flowers open out to reveal a small white centre. Fragrant flowers with the sweet true scent of violets. Violets will slowly spread suppressing weeds providing a carpet of dainty edible flowers. An excellen...
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VIOLET ‘ROSINA’
VIOLET ‘ROSINA’
PLANTS: PVIP
The fragrant rose-pink flowers make this sweet Violet a fantastic ground cover for shady areas. Excellent understory plant for roses and to complement perennials in a cottage garden. Delicate and edible flowers. Violets will slowly spread providing a carpet of dainty blooms.
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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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BACKYARD TABLEGRAPES COLLECTION
BACKYARD TABLEGRAPES COLLECTION
PLANTS: WGRCO3
Grow a bounty of sumptuous tables grapes with this selection of the best of the best fruit for eating fresh or drying into sweet and healthy sultanas. Includes 1 cane each of Gordo Muscat, Crimson Seedless and Sultana (3 Plants).
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2 year membership  + Free Seed Sowing Poster and 2 seed packets
2 year membership + Free Seed Sowing Poster and 2 seed packets
Membership: MNE2SP2
A beautifully illustrated heirloom ‘sow what when’ poster for all areas of Australia so that you'll never have to think about what to sow this month again! You will also receive some free Kale 'Red Russian' and Broccoli 'Green Sprouting' seeds to get your garden started.
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