MacGregors Plants for Shade

Specialist growers of shade-loving and shade tolerant ferns, shrubs and perennials.

MacGregors Plants for Shade
Carters Clay Road, Lockerley, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0GL

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Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii Hardy, bushy upright deciduous shrub to 3m with dark green leaves. Violet fruits follow clusters of small pink flowers in midsummer in autumn. Soil should be fertile and well drained. Plant in dappled shade or full sun.
Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii 'Profusion' Hardy bushy upright deciduous shrub to 3m, with bronze young leaves. Flowers are pale pink in midsummer, followed by many dark violet fruits in autumn. Soil should be fertile and well drained. Suitable for dappled shade or sun.
Caltha palustris Hardy variable perennial to 10-40cm. Dark green kidney shaped leaves contrast well with bright waxy yellow flowers that appear in spring. Grow in fertile boggy soil or water margin, in full sun or part shade.
Caltha palustris var. alba Hardy compact perennial to 22cm. Solitary white flowers with yellow stamens appear in spring, often before the glossy foliage develops. Grow in fertile boggy soil or water margin in full sun or part shade.
Caltha palustris var. palustris 'Plena' Hardy perennial to 30-40cm. Green kidney shaped leaves support double yellow flowers which appear in early spring. Grow in fertile boggy soil or water margin in full sun or part shade.
Campanula 'E.K. Toogood' Hardy, vigorous perennial to 15cm, with mid green leaves. The dark lavender flowers, with clear white centres, are produced over a long period from summer to autumn. Will grow well in moist draining soil in part shade or sun.
Carex buchananii Frost hardy, densely tufted evergreen perennial sedge to60cm. Orange-brown leaves that curl at the tips create an arching habit. Brown flower spikes on long lax stems appear in summer. Moist, but not wet soil in part shade or sun.
Carex morrowii 'Fisher's Form' Frost hardy, clump-forming evergreen perennial sedge to 45-50cm. Shiny, broad stiff mid green leaves are cream striped with cream margins. Green and brown flower spikes appear in late spring. Grow in fertile, moist well drained soil in part shade or sun.
Carex morrowii 'Variegata' Frost hardy clump forming evergreen perennial sedge to35cm. Dark green leaves have white margins. Flowers appear in April and May. Best grown in rich moist soil in part shade or sun. Makes good ground cover.
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' Hardy, tufted evergreen perennial sedge to 30cm. Dark green leaves have a creamy yellow central stripe. Brown flower spikes appear in spring. Best in fertile, moist but well drained soil in part shade or sun.
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold Compact' Hardy compact tufted evergreen perennial sedge to 25cm. A more compact version of Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', requiring the same growing conditions.
Carex pendula A vigorous tufted evergreen perennial sedge to 1.4cm. The shiny mid-green leaves are keeled, long and blue-green beneath. In May and June, catkin like brown flower spikes are borne on long arching stems. Fertile, moist or wet soil in part shade or sun.
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Hardy deciduous dense mound-forming shrub to 1.2m. Leaves are silvery grey. Very dark blue flowers appear in late summer and early autumn. Light, well drained soil, not too rich in sun or part shade.
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Kew Blue' Hardy deciduous dense mound-forming shrub to 1.2m. Leaves are grey green, dull dark green above, silvery grey beneath. Flowers are dark blue in August and July. Moderately fertile, light well drained soil in sun or part shade.
Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Desert Skies' Hardy, deciduous compact shrub to 60cm. Golden foliage contrasts well with lavender blue flowers. These appear in August and September. Light moderately fertile soil that is moist but drains well in sun or part shade.
Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue' Hardy, deciduous spreading shrub to 1m. The mid to dark green leaves have purple margins and turn shades of red, orange and flame in autumn. Cobalt blue flowers appear in August and September. Light moderately fertile moist but well drained soil in sun or part shade.
Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail' Hardy spreading thorny shrub to 1.5m with glossy mid green leaves. Clusters of cup shaped pure white flowers in spring are followed by fruits ripening to yellow. Moderately fertile draining soil in sun or part shade. Suitable for a shady wall.
Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' Hardy upright hairy perennial to 60cm with apple-scented mid-green leaves. Flattish heads of pink flowers appear from May to July. Will grow well in fertile, moist soil in part shade or sun.
Chasmanthium latifolium Hardy, tufted spreading grass to 1m. Mid green leaves turn yellow in winter. Open flower heads of green spikelets from August to September. Fertile, moist draining soil in part shade or sun.
Clematis recta 'Purpurea' Hardy, clump-forming herbaceous perennial to 1-2m, with grey-green foliage. Flowers small. white, star shaped and heavily scented are produced mid summer to autumn, followed by attractive seed heads. Grow in fertile, humus rich well drained soil in part shade or sun. Needs support.
Convallaria majalis var. rosea Hardy creeping rhizomatous perennial to 20cm. Arching open heads of strongly scented pale mauvish pink flowers are produced in late spring. Grow in leafy, fertile, moist soil in full or part shade.
Cornus alba 'Aurea' Hardy, upright deciduous shrub to 3m with red winter shoots and yellow leaves. White flowers in flat heads appear in May and June. Any soil in part shade. Leaves may scorch in full sun.
Cornus alba 'Sibirica' Hardy, upright deciduous shrub similar to Cornus alba 'Aurea' but with bright red stems and dark green leaves that turn red in autumn. Will succeed in most soils in part shade or sun.
Cornus alba 'Spaethii' Hardy, upright deciduous shrub similar to Cornus alba Sibirica but with dark green leaves that have broad yellow margins. Will succeed in most soils in part shade or sun.
Cornus canadensis Hardy, creeping rhizomatous perennial to 15cm, with terminal whorls of mid-green leaves. Clusters of tiny green flowers each surrounded by 4-6 white bracts appear in May and June. Prefers moist acid soil in shade. Good ground cover.
Corydalis elata Hardy erect herbaceous perennial to 60cm with light green divided leaves. Fragrant, striking blue flowers in June. Moderately fertile, humus rich moist draining soil in part shade. Good for underplanting trees and shrubs
Corydalis flexuosa Hardy erect summer dormant perennial to 30cm with light green divided leaves. Bright blue flowers from May to July. Moderately fertile humus rich draining soil in part shade. Good ground cover.
Corydalis flexuosa 'Pere David' Hardy erect summer dormant perennial to 30 cm. Similar to Corydalis flexuosa but with electric blue flowers. Cool moist soil in part shade.
Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf' Hardy erect summer dormant perennial to 30cm. Similar to Corydalis flexuosa but with leaves flushed purple and bright blue flowers. Cool moist soil in part shade.
Cotinus 'Grace' Hardy, vigorous deciduous busy shrub or small tree to 6m. The oval purple leaves turn brilliant red in late autumn. Pink plume-like flower clusters in summer are followed by purple-pink fruits. Moderately fertile, moist but draining soil in part shade or sun.
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' Frost hardy, robust perennial to 1-1.2m with pleated, sword-like mid-green leaves. Arching, branched spikes of upward facing bright red flowers appear in July. Requires moist well drained, leafy, moderately fertile soil in part shade or sun.
Cyclamen hederifolium Hardy, tuberous perennial to 10-13cm, forming clumps of very variable patterned mid to dark green leaves. Flowers in shades of pink are produced in October and November before the leaves. Grow in not too rich, leafy, well drained soil in part shade under trees or shrubs.
Deutzia 'Rosea Plena Hardy, upright deciduous shrub to 1.5m. Unusual double pink flowers appear in May and June. Will grow well in reasonably fertile, not too dry soil in light shade or sun.
Deutzia x hybrida 'Mont Rose' Hardy, bushy upright deciduous shrub to 1.2m with dark green leaves. Star-shaped, purple-pink flowers with wavy petals appear in early summer. Grows well in reasonably fertile soil that does not dry out. Light shade or sun.
Dicentra scandens Generally hardy climbing herbaceous perennial to 1m, with deeply lobed mid-green leaves. Yellow flowers appear in summer. Moist, fertile, humus rich soil in part shade with some shelter.
Diervilla Lonicera Hardy, low growing, deciduous, suckering shrub to 1m. Leaves often colour well in autumn. Flowers small, yellow -green during summer. Grow in light, well drained, moderately fertile soil. Useful in dry light shade.
Diervilla x splendens Hardy, low growing, deciduous, suckering shrub to 1m. Leaves colour well in autumn and clusters of yellow flowers appear in summer. Grow in moist well drained soil in light or part shade. Good under trees and shrubs.
Disporum maculatum Hardy, creeping perennial to 45cm. Flowers creamy white, purple spotted, appear in May and June. Cool, moist, well drained humus rich soil in full or part shade.
Disporum sessile 'Variegatum' Hardy, spreading rhizomatous perennial to 45cm. Mid to dark green leaves broadly and various striped white. Pendent, tubular white or cream flowers produced in May and June. Cool, moist, well drained humus rich soil in full or part shade.
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' Hardy, semi-evergreen, robust fern to 90cm, with upright fronds that have crested foliage. Grow in humus rich, moist, well drained soil in part shade.
Dryopteris affinis 'Polydactyla Dadds' Hardy, semi-evergreen fern to 80cm with slender elegant foliage with attractive crests. Grow in humus rich, moist, well-drained soil in part shade. Ideal for shady borders.
Dryopteris dilatata 'Crispa Whiteside' Hardy, usually deciduous fern to 50cm with finely cut curled foliage. Prefers moist, humus rich, well drained soil in full or part shade. Ideal for planting under trees and shrubs, and in north facing borders.
Dryopteris dilatata 'Lepidota Cristata' Hardy, usually deciduous fern to 60cm with elegant divided and crested foliage. Moist humus rich well drained soil in part shade.
Dryopteris erythrosora Generally hardy, semi-evergreen fern to 50cm with fronds that emerge copper-pink in spring, maturing to bronze and later glossy green. Grow in a sheltered position in moist, well drained soil in full or part shade.
Dryopteris sieboldii Hardy deciduous fern to 35-55cm with pale green foliage that is leathery and curved at the edges. Grow in humus rich, moist draining soil in part or full shade.
Dryopteris wallichiana Hardy, outstanding deciduous fern to 1m with bright green fronds and midribs covered with dark brown or black scales. Will grow in most soils provided these are moist and humus rich. Full or part shade.
Epimedium acuminatum Hardy, evergreen clump forming perennial to 30cm with young mid-green leaves marked reddish brown and mauve. Long spurred purple and mauve flowers produced from April to June. Grow in well drained, humus rich soil that does not dry out in summer, in part shade sheltered from strong winds and late frosts.
Epimedium davidii Hardy, evergreen clump forming perennial to 30cm with young copper coloured leaves maturing to fresh green. Large yellow flowers appear in April and are produced over a long period. Grow in well drained, humus rich soil that does not dry out in summer, in part shade sheltered from strong winds and late frosts.
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Crimson Beauty' Hardy, deciduous clump forming perennial to 30cm with copper markings on young leaves. Flowers are copper-crimson and produced during April and May. Grow in well drained, humus rich soil that does not dry out in summer, in part shade sheltered from late frosts.
Epimedium grandiflorum f. violaceum Hardy deciduous clump forming perennial to 20-30cm. Large spurred lilac flowers appear in spring. Grow in well drained, humus rich soil that does not dry out in summer, in part shade sheltered from late frosts.
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' Hardy deciduous clump forming perennial to 20-25cm with purple-tinted young leaves and purple flowers in spring. Grow in well drained humus rich soil that does not dry out in summer, in part shade sheltered from late frosts.
Epimedium pinnatum subsp. colchicum Hardy generally evergreen spreading perennial to 30-40cm with spiny margined dark green foliage. Yellow flowers appear in spring. Grow in moisture retentive, draining, humus rich soil in part shade. Tolerant of drier soils, but protect from drying winds and late frosts.
Epimedium stellulatum 'Wudang Star' Hardy, evergreen perennial to 25cm, with leaves tinted crimson in winter. Loose heads of star shaped white flowers appear in spring. Grow in moisture retentive, draining, humus rich soil that does not dry out in summer, in part shade sheltered from strong winds and late frosts
Epimedium x cantabrigiense Hardy, evergreen, clump forming, perennial to 30-60cm with long-stalked mid-green leaves colour in autumn. Spurless, pinkish beige and yellow flowers appear in April and May. Grow in moisture retentive, leafy, draining soil in part shade with shelter from strong winds.
Epimedium x omeiense 'Stormcloud' Generally hardy evergreen creeping perennial to 50-60cm. Large purple flowers are held on long stems during spring. Grow in fertile, moist, well drained soil that does not dry out in summer, in shade. Shelter from cold winds and frost.
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' Hardy, evergreen clump forming perennial to 40cm with glossy deep green leaves, bronze when young and dense marginal spines. In spring produces bright yellow flowers. Grow in moisture retentive, leafy, draining soil in part shade. Tolerant of drier soils, but shelter from wind and frost.
Epimedium x rubrum Hardy, deciduous clump forming perennial to 30cm with leaves flushed red when young and colouring in autumn. In Crimson and pale yellow flowers with short spurs appear in April and May. Grow in fertile, moisture retentive, leafy, well drained soil in part shade.
Epimedium x setosum Generally hardy, evergreen low growing perennial to 20-30cm with hairy new leaves. Dove white flowers appear in spring. Fertile, humus rich, moisture retentive but well drained soil in shade. Shelter from cold winds and frost.
Epimedium x versicolor 'Cupreum' Hardy, generally evergreen, clump forming perennial to 40cm. Young foliage often brownish red turning mid-green with age. Copper red flowers appear April to May. Fertile, humus rich moisture retentive soil in shade. Will tolerate drier soils.
Epimedium x versicolor 'Neosulphureum' Hardy, generally evergreen, clump forming perennial to 30cm with copper coloured young leaves maturing to mid-green. Pale yellow flowers appear in April and May. Fertile, humus rich, moisture retentive soil in shade. Will tolerate drier soils.
Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' Hardy, evergreen, clump forming perennial to 30cm. Yellow flowers appear in mid and late spring. Fertile, leafy moisture retentive soil in shade. Will tolerate drier soils.
Epimedium x warleyense Hardy, evergreen clump forming perennial to 50cm with green leaves tinted red in spring and autumn. Reddish orange flowers with yellow centres are produced in April and May. Grow in fertile, humus rich moist, well drained soil in shade. May tolerate drier conditions.
Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum' Hardy, deciduous, clump forming perennial to 20-30cm with bright green leaves on red tinted stems. Pure white flowers appear in spring. Grow in fertile, leafy, moist, well drained soil in shade, with shelter from cold winds and late frosts.
Epimedium x youngianum 'Roseum' Hardy, deciduous, clump forming perennial to 20-30cm with bright green leaves on red tinted stems. Flowers may be dusky pink to purple appearing in April and May. Grow with shelter from cold winds and frost, in fertile, humus rich, moisture retentive soil, in shade.
Euonymus fortunei Blondy Hardy, compact evergreen shrub to 1.2m. Leaves are dark green with striking central cream blotch which turns gold with age. Best grown in moderately fertile well drained soil in light shade or sun. Will tolerate dryish shade when established.
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' Hardy, evergreen, compact bushy shrub to 1.5m. Leaves are bright green with white margins tinged pink in winter. Grow in moderately fertile well drained soil in light shade or sun. Will tolerate dryish shade when established.
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n 'Gold' Hardy, evergreen bushy shrub to 1m. Leaves are bright green with broad bright yellow margins that are tinged pink in winter. Grow in moderately fertile, well drained soil in light shade or sun. Will tolerate dryish shade when established.
Euonymus fortunei 'Silver Queen' Hardy, evergreen bushy upright shrub to 2.5m. Leaves are dark green with white margins that become tinted pink later. Grow in moderately fertile well drained soil in light shade or sun. Will tolerate dryish shade when established.
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' Hardy, evergreen bushy perennial to 75cm with reddish green stems and dark reddish purple leaves. Acid yellow flowers appear during April to June. Grow in moist humus rich soil in light dappled shade. Sap may irritate, harmful if eaten.
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