Herbaceous Collection, Shady Characters

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General Info Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Good, Well Drained
Type Pot Grown

Mix of 8 Varieties in 1 Litre Pots

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SIZES 1-2 3+
Box of 8 x 1lt Plants Available to order£39.96Available to order£36.96
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Shady Characters Herbaceous Perennial Collection: 8 x 1 Litre Pots

They're out of the sunlight, so that means our hand-picked troupe of shade-tolerant beauties will have to be in the spotlight! Fewer plants thrive in areas of the garden that don't bask in sun all day, but many classic, exciting perennials are happy there. Step forward our collection of favourites to take a bow.

Browse our other herbaceous perennial collections, or all of our perennial plants.


  • 8 varieties of shade-suited plants chosen by our garden design experts
  • 1 Litre Pot per plant
  • Planting instructions supplied with each pot

Our carefully-curated range is a selection of shade tolerant cultivars from the following species:

Ajuga reptans, Alchemilla mollis, Astilbe chinensis, Bergenia cordifolia, Digitalis, Geranium phaeum, Primula vulgaris, Viola labradorica.

Please note: We cannot accept requests for specific plants. We select a mix of the best at the time of delivery. The pictures are examples only, your mix may vary.

Growing Shady Plants

As long as your planting area isn't in permanent gloom, many perennials will appreciate some respite from the sun's rays, especially at midday. All plants need a touch of sun, but these shade-tolerant types require only three to six hours per day; if the shade is only dappled, most should cope with even fewer hours of direct light.

In Your Garden Design

Darker colours will be more subtle, whereas yellows and whites will look fresh and zingy, especially if there is dramatic foliage around them. It is better to use splashes of colour in the mix because dark-leaved plants can make an area look rather gloomy. Pair with our Back of the Border range, which will throw some shade of its own. The collection will also work well under fruit trees, such as apples or pears, our favourite of the latter and the most constantly rewarding being the Conference.

Did You Know?

Shade-tolerant plants have learnt to make do with lean amounts of energy in various ways, often by having a high leaf to "rest of the plant" ratio, with a high density of chlorophyll to catch the most sunlight for photosynthesis. Some, as epitomised by the aptly named Elephant Ears (bergenias) and hostas, are small plants with big, broad leaves. Other, larger shrubs like Box have many small leaves. Either way, their leaves are tuned to make the most of low light levels, as opposed to having the capacity to harvest as much energy as possible from full sun. To compensate for their slow growth rate, a common trend is to have high resistance to disease and to be unpalatable to herbivores.

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    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


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    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


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    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

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    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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