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Buddleia

Buddleia (Butterfly bush)

Buddleias are vigorous, deciduous shrubs renowned for their ability to attract butterflies and other wildlife to their flowers. They can often be seen colonising derelict sites. The flowers are born (usually) in long spikes on the arching stems. F... more...


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Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' (Bottlebrush)

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' is an evergreen shrub grown for its unusual flowers. The flowers (actually flower clusters) resemble a bottle brush due to their long brightly red stamens. Callistemons are not terrible hardy, only surviving up to ... more...


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Caryopteris

Caryopteris (Bluebeard, Blue spiraea)

Caryopteris are evergreen shrubs bearing feathery displays of blue flowers in late summer and early autumn. The foliage is scented. Caryopteris grow best in full sun on well-drained soil. Prune hard each spring to encourage flowering. more...


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Dabeocia (Heather)

Daboecia are hardy evergreen heathers which display bright flowers in summer. They are compact plants growing to less that a foot (30cm) high. Flowers are usually in shades or purple, red and white. As with all heathers they look good planted in g... more...



Echium vulgare (Vipers bugloss)

Echium vulgare is a annual or perennial with spikes of blue flowers in the species but other colours are available. The flowers are popular with bees. It requires full sun and a fertile, alkaline soil to grow well. They are hardy up to zone 7. more...



Escallonia

Escallonia

Escallonias are a group of mostly evergreen shrubs grown for their glossy green leaves and usually pink or red flowers. Flowers are usually displayed from early to late summer. They can be used as an informal, flowering hedge. Escallonias will gro... more...


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Hebe

Hebes are a large group of evergreen shrubs. The most common varieties have large green or variegated leaves and lax spikes of flowers throughout summer. There are also dwarf and ground cover types which are grown largely for their colourful folia... more...


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Iberis

Iberis (Candytuft)

Iberis are dwarf shrubs suitable for an alpine border. They bear white flowers in spring which completely cover the plant. Foliage is evergreen and dark green. Iberis require a sunny site on well-drained soil to grow. They are hardy to about zone 4. more...


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Lantana

Lantana

Lantana are tender evergreen perennials and shrubs grown for their clusters of bright yellow, orange and red flowers borne throughout summer. Lanatanas require a site on well-drained, reasonably dry, fertile soil in full sun. Young plants require ... more...


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Lavandula

Lavandula (Lavender)

Lavandula, or Lavender are very well known small shrubs grown for their plentiful supply of flowers and scented foliage. Flowers are borne throughout summer in colours of blue, purple, pink or white. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and b... more...


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Pentas lanceolata

Pentas lanceolata (Star flower, Egyptian star, Star-cluster)

Pentas lanceolata is an evergreen shrub grown for its display of bright pink, red or white flowers borne throughout summer. Pentas are good for attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to a garden. Grow Pentas in fertile, well drained soil in... more...



Pieris

Pieris

Pieris are acid loving shrubs grown for their impressive displays of fragrant white flowers in spring and their often brightly coloured foliage. Pieris grows in well drained acid to neutral soil. They will grow in sun or part shade. more...


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Potentilla

Potentilla (Cinquefoil)

Potentillas are a popular group of deciduous shrubs and perennials bearing flat, five-petaled flowers in colours ranging from red, yellow and orange to white and sometimes pink. Flowers are borne sporadically from late spring through to early autu... more...


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Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlias are a vast group of annuals and perennials. Flowers come in virtually any colour except true blue and in a variety of different forms. Dwarf varieties are used as annual bedding, larger types are used in the perennial border or as dot plan... more...



Echinops

Echinops (Globe thistle)

Echinops are perennial plants with prickly, greyish foliage and rounded, metallic blue flowers heads. Some species may require staking. All types are attractive to butterflies. They require full sun and moderate to poor chalky or sandy soil. more...


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Gaillardia 'Fanfare'

Gaillardia 'Fanfare' (Blanket flower)

Gaillardia 'Fanfare' is a compact, bushy perennial with large daisy-like flowers borne from early to late summer. The flowers have wonderful trumpet-shaped yellow petals surrounding a mahogany red, spikey-looking centre. They make excellent cut fl... more...


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Geranium

Geranium (Crane's bill)

Note: this article is about the hardy perennial plant with the latin name Geranium and the common name crane's bill. Geranium is also the common name of a group of showy plants, grown as annuals, with the latin name [Pelargonium]. Geraniums are pe... more...


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Geum

Geum (Avens)

Geums are compact perennials bearing brightly coloured flowers from late spring to late summer. Flowers are available in shades of reds, oranges and yellows. Geums are easy to look after. They require a sunny site on well drained soil. They are be... more...


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Helenium

Helenium (Sneezewort)

Heleniums are sun loving perennials hardy to about zone 6. The flowers have a large centre, often with the outer petals angled backwards like a shuttlecock. They are usually deep-red, yellow or orange. Most bloom in late summer. Their growth habit... more...


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