The Nursery Plants Specialists

Winter – Semi-Shade Perennials

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Aquilegia McKana's GiantsAquilegia Mckana's giants

Enchanting and easy to grow

McKana’s Giants is an older, open pollinated strain of Aquilegias. Although still a delightful mix, the plants will vary greatly in height, flower size and colours. They will perform best when they have come through a period of cold, so if planted in summer they may only bloom well the following spring.

Mixed colours.

Height: 35-45cm - Spread: 35cm

F1 AquilegiaF1-Aquilegia

F1 Columbine - a collection of Songbird and Swan

Careful hybridising has produced Aquilegias that bear very large flowers over a much longer period, on plants that are robust and vigorous. Remember: Aquilegias need a period of cold weather in order to flower successfully in spring. The wise gardener will therefore plant Aquilegias in autumn.

Height: 35-45cm - Spread: 35cm

Colours: Burgundy and White, Dark Blue and White, Lavender and White, Light Blue and White, Pure White, Pink and White, Violet and White, Total Mixed

BacopaBacopa Sultera

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Sutera - perfect for spreading growth

Bacopa is a trailing and spreading plant covered with masses of small flowers in lovely clear colours. Suitable for baskets, containers, rockeries or the odd awkward corner.

Height: 15-20cm - Spread: extensive

Colours: White, Blue, Pink

Campanula Thumbellcampanula thumbell

Scottish Harebell

This Campanula is a most rewarding and delightful plant as it is perpetually in flower, producing spikes of violet blue, bell shaped flowers freely all season long. It is excellent in the landscape, planted amongst roses, in mixed baskets and containers or used as bedding.

Height: 20-25cm - Spread: 20cm

Erigeron KarvinskianusErigeron Karvinskianus


Useful “tough as nails” groundcover. Will grow anywhere and everywhere...It does need to be controlled!

Height: 20-30cm - Spread: extensive

Zantedeschia AethiopicaZantedeschia Aethiopica Arum Lily

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Arum Lily - perfect for bog gardens

A much loved indigenous perennial with white flowers in summer. Evergreen in warm areas, but semi-deciduous in cold gardens. Multiplies to become a large clump. Requires lots of water and can grow in bog gardens.

Height: 80cm - Spread: multiplies to become a large clump.

Growing guide for our winter semi-shade perennials

sun__cloud_logoLIGHT SHADE: It occurs under large open-branched trees and consists of areas that receive soft, dappled shade for most of the day. There is no direct sunshine, but plenty of light. This is the easiest of the shady areas to garden.


sun__cloud_logoSEMI-SHADE or PARTIAL SHADE: These are defined as those areas of the garden which receive some sun and some shade during the day. This is easy if the plants get morning sun and afternoon shade. Less easy is a spot in the garden that receives a patch of sun at midday only, for example a courtyard.
The most difficult aspect in the garden is one that gets morning shade and afternoon sun – treat this as FULL SUN for all intents and purposes as shade lovers will roast in the afternoon sun, especially if close to a wall. can grow in bog gardens – Height: 80cm