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Abelia

Abelia

Abelias are a group of shrubs grown for their foliage and flowers. Plants can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen and vary in hardiness between zones 8 and 10, but often do best planted against a wall for extra warmth. Flowers are smallish a... more...


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Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry, Serviceberry, Shadbush, Snowy mespilus)

Amelanchier lamarckii is a deciduous shrub grown for its abundant display of spring flowers and brightly coloured autumn foliage. The white flowers are borne from mid to late spring. Young foliage is bronze, and turns bright orange and red in autu... more...


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Berberis

Berberis (Barberry)

Berberis is a group of shrubs grown for their spring flowers and often berries and coloured foliage. Many berberis have thorny stems or spikey leaves making them useful for hedging to deter intruders. They may be deciduous or evergreen depending o... more...


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Berberis ottawensis 'Superba'

Berberis ottawensis 'Superba' (Barberry)

Berberis ottawensis 'Superba' is a vigorous, deciduous shrub. It is grown primarily for is metallic deep-purple foliage. It also bears yellow flowers in spring and occasionally a crop or red berries. The stems bear long, sharp thorns. Berberis ott... more...



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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Callicarpa dichotoma

Callicarpa dichotoma (American beauty berry)

Callicarpa dichotoma is a deciduous shrub grown for its berries which are borne on bare stems. It has small pink flowers during summer which are followed by the brightly coloured fruits. Fruits are a pink to violet colour. It grows in most well-dr... 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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Catalpa

Catalpa

Catalpa are large shrubs or small trees grown for their large soft green leaves and small pinkish-white flowers in summer. They are noted for their tolerance of polluted urban conditions. They need a site in full sun and are best with hot summers.... more...


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Ceratostigma willmottianum

Ceratostigma willmottianum (Hardy plumbago)

Ceratostigma willmottianum is a deciduous shrub grown for its displays of clear blue flowers in late summer and autumn. Ceratostigmas are only slightly hardy, coping up to zone 8. They require a well drained soil in full sun. Prune hard in late sp... more...



Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Japonica, Flowering quince)

Chaenomeles are hardy shrubs (zone 5) which bear their flowers from mid-winter to mid-spring, often on bare stems. Flowers come in white, pink and red and are followed by edible fruits which can be made into jam. Foliage is deciduous and dark gree... more...


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Cotinus (Smoke bush, Venetian sumach)

Cotinus are deciduous shrubs grown for their often brightly coloured foliage and unusual fluffy purple flowers which make the bush look like it is covered in smoke. Flowers are borne in mid to late summer. Cotinus requires a hot dry spot to flower... more...


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Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

Cotoneasters are a widely variable group of shrubs which an be either deciduous or evergreen. They usually bear white flowers in spring which are followed by red berries. Some make excellent groundcover. Foliage is usually small and dark green. Co... more...



Deutzia

Deutzias are deciduous shrubs which put on an impressive display of flower in late spring, but can look dull out of flower. Deutzias will grow in any fertile, well drained soil in sun or light shade. They are hardy to about zone 6. Cut back curren... more...


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Daphne

Daphnes are compact evergreen or deciduous shrubs with a reputation for being temperamental. Their flowers are often fragrant, being displayed between late winter and autumn depending on the variety. Berries are red or black and toxic. They need e... more...


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Eleagnus (Oleaster)

Eleagnus are a group of evergreen and deciduous shrubs grown for their often variegated foliage and insignificant but highly scented flowers. Eleagnus prefers a sunny site with soil on the dry side. They cope well with exposed conditions, even gro... more...



Euonymus

Euonymus

Euonymus are shrubs which can either be deciduous or evergreen. Evergreen forms are grown for their colourful, often variegated foliage. Deciduous forms have bright berries and autumn leaf colour. Flowers are insignificant. Euonymus cope well and ... more...


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Forsythia

Forsythia

Forsythias are tough, deciduous, shrubs renowned for their display of yellow flowers on bare stems during spring. They look especially good grown as a spring flowering hedge. Forsythias are hardy up to zone 5 and will grow on any well-drained soil... more...


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Genista

Genista (Broom)

Genistas are tough deciduous shrubs bearing yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer. The leaves are small and dark green. Genistas grow best on poor infertile soils and will cope with both acid and alkaline conditions. They like ... more...


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Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are dense, deciduous bushes bearing very large flowers heads throughout summer. Flower heads are either 'mophead' with a large rounded flower cluster, or 'lacecap' with a center of smaller flowers surrounded by larger four petaled flowe... more...


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Hypericum

Hypericum (St. John's Wort)

Hypericums are a group of herbaceous perennials and deciduous shrubs usually with yellow flower in late summer and early autumn and often followed by colourful fruits. Hypericums grow well in most soils in sun or shade. They are usually hardy to a... more...


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Jasminium

Jasminium (Jasmine)

Jasminiums are sprawling shrubs often grown or trained against a wall as climbers. They bear scented trumpet shaped yellow flowers. The small leaves are deciduous and the stems are a matching shade of green creating an evergreen effect. Jasminiums... more...


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Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica

Kerrias are deciduous shrubs which bear yellow flowers, on bare green stems, in spring. Flowers are single in the species but are often double in hybrids. Kerrias will grow in any reasonable garden soil in sun or light shade. They are hardy to aro... more...


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Kolkwitzia amabilis

Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty bush)

Kolkowitzia amabilis is a bushy deciduous shrub bearing clusters of pale-pink flowers in late spring. Kolkwitzia is hardy to about zone 6. It will grow well in any soil in sun or part shade. more...



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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Leycesteria formosa

Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle)

Leycesteria formosa is a shrub with arching green stems and unusual flowers. The flowers, borne throughout summer, are in hanging clusters of red and white. Leycesteria formosa grows well in any well-drained, not too dry soil in full sun or light ... more...



Ligustrum

Ligustrum (Privet)

Ligustrums are deciduous, evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs. Their dense nature makes them common for hedging where they respond well to clipping. They can also be used as garden shrubs, especially the varieties with more colourful leaves. If lef... more...


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Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolias are shrubs and small trees grown for their sometimes fragrant flowers which are usually borne in the spring. Flowers vary from small to large and cup shaped and come in shades of white, cream and pink. Magnolias like any soil which is no... more...


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Origanum vulgare

Origanum vulgare (Wild marjoram, Oregano)

Origanum vulgare is a herbaceous perennial grown as kitchen herb and also for its mauve flowers in summer. They are compact plants with spreading stems suitable for the rock garden. Origanums require a well drained soil in sun or light shade. more...


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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire' (Russian sage)

Perovskia atriplicifola 'Blue Spire' is a small shrub with delicate foliage which smells of sage when crushed. It small blue flowers are borne on feathery spikes from late summer to mid autumn. Perovskia will grow well in a well-drained, slightly ... more...


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Philadelphus

Philadelphus (Mock orange)

Philadelphus are deciduous shrubs grown for their white cup shaped flowers. The flowers are delightfully scented of orange blossom and borne during late spring and early summer. Phildelphus will grow on any reasonable garden soil including chalk a... more...


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