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Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' (Arum italicum 'Pictum')
Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' (Arum italicum 'Pictum'): Large arrow shaped green leaves with white markings in winter, spikes of bright orange berries in autumn
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Japanese sedge 'Evergold')
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Japanese sedge 'Evergold'): Evergreen, strappy leaves with a vibrant yellow centre and bright green edges. Hardy, easy and trouble-free. Up to 30cm.
Carex oshimensis Everest = 'Fiwhite' (PBR) (Japanese sedge 'Everest')
Carex oshimensis Everest = 'Fiwhite' (PBR) (Japanese sedge 'Everest'): Evergreen, strappy leaves with a green centre and bright white edges. Very smart.
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' (White foxglove)
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' (White foxglove): Pure white flowers on tall spires in late spring. Biennial so keep and re-sow the seed
Digitalis x mertonensis (Strawberry foxglove)
Digitalis x mertonensis (Strawberry foxglove): Large, dusky pink flowers on sturdy spikes in mid-summer. Hardy. To 90cm.
Epimedium 'Amber Queen' (PBR) (Barrenwort 'Amber Queen')
Epimedium 'Amber Queen' (PBR) (Barrenwort 'Amber Queen'): Amber is the perfect description for the flower colour, held well about the leaves in mid-spring. Hardy. Up to 30cm.
Epimedium 'Spine Tingler' (Barrenwort 'Spine Tingler')
Epimedium 'Spine Tingler' (Barrenwort 'Spine Tingler'): Very distinctive variety with long, tooth-edged leaves, rather like a holly and lemon yellow flowers. Hardy. To 30cm.
Epimedium perralderianum (Barrenwort)
Epimedium perralderianum (Barrenwort): Tiny lemon yellow flowers held on fine wires above attractive, marbled foliage. Very good in shade, even dry shade
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' (Barrenwort 'Frohnleiten')
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' (Barrenwort 'Frohnleiten'): Heart-shaped leaves are bronze-tinted, wiry stems of yellow, star-like flowers in spring. Shady ground cover. Hardy. Up to 30cm.
Epimedium x rubrum (red barrenwort)
Epimedium x rubrum (red barrenwort): Green heart shaped leaves tinged with red around the edges in spring. Small red flowers with yellow undersides. To 30cm. Hardy
Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Barrenwort 'Sulphureum')
Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Barrenwort 'Sulphureum'): Evergreen perennial with pale lemon yellow flowers on wiry stems. Good in dry shade. Leaves can turn red as they age. Hardy. Up to 35cm.
Epimedium x warleyense (Barrenwort)
Epimedium x warleyense (Barrenwort): Dainty orange flowers in spring with yellow centres. Great for shady areas. To 30cm. Hardy.
Epimedium x warleyense 'Orangekonigin' (Barrenwort 'Orangekonigin')
Epimedium x warleyense 'Orangekonigin' (Barrenwort 'Orangekonigin'): New variety with orange flowers in the spring. Flowers held above heart-shaped leaves. Shady ground cover. Hardy. Up to 30cm.
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae (Mrs Robb's bonnet)
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae (Mrs Robb's bonnet): Great plant for difficult dry, shady areas. Evergreen dark-green leaves and vibrant lime-green flowers in spring. Suckers and can spread.
Galium odoratum (Sweet woodruff)
Galium odoratum (Sweet woodruff): Ground-cover plant for dry shade.Delicate clusters of scented white flowers in the spring above fresh green foliage. Loved by bees. Hardy. Up to 30cm.
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' (Cranesbill 'Bevan's Variety')
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' (Cranesbill 'Bevan's Variety'): Superb ground cover Geranium especially for dry shade. Bright pink over a dense mound of aromatic foliage. Hardy. To 30cm.
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety' (Cranesbill 'Ingwersen's Variety')
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety' (Cranesbill 'Ingwersen's Variety'): A very useful ground cover Geranium with rounded, aromatic foliage. pale pink flowers in early summer. Good in shade. Hardy. To 40cm.
Geranium wlassovianum
Geranium wlassovianum: Warm purple flowers over attractive velvety foliage. Excellent autumn foliage colour.
Hakonechloa macra (Japanese Flowing Grass)
Hakonechloa macra (Japanese Flowing Grass): Mounds of arching green leaves that just touch the ground. A wonderful shade lover grown for its elegant flowing form.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Golden Japanese Flowing Grass)
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Golden Japanese Flowing Grass): Superb grass with subtle gold/green strips which forms a neat mound.
Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea)
Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea): Two-tone purple and pink pea-like flowers in early spring. Thrives in shade, even quite dry shade. To 30cm. Hardy.
Liriope 'Big Blue' (Blue turf lily 'Big Blue')
Liriope 'Big Blue' (Blue turf lily 'Big Blue'): Spikes of vibrant purple flowers in autumn, larger than the usual form, evergreen strappy foliage. Good for dry shade. Hardy. Up to 50cm
Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (Blue turf lily 'Royal Purple')
Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (Blue turf lily 'Royal Purple'): Spikes of deep purple flowers in autumn above dark-green evergreen strappy foliage. Can tolerate dry shade. Hardy. Up to 50cm.
Persicaria affinis 'Darjeeling Red' (Knotweed 'Darjeeling Red')
Persicaria affinis 'Darjeeling Red' (Knotweed 'Darjeeling Red'): Semi-evergreen mat-forming perennial with green narrow leaves that turn bronze over winter. Spikes of pink poker-like flowers which darken with age.
Tellima grandiflora 'Forest Frost' (Fringecups)
Tellima grandiflora 'Forest Frost' (Fringecups): Slender spikes of pinkish flowers late spring to mid-summer. Semi-evergreen reddish foliage. Great in shade. Height to 30cm. Hardy