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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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Aucuba

Aucuba (Spotted laurel)

Aucubas are evergreen shrubs grown for their often variegated leaves. Aucubas have separate male and female plants. Male plants bears small purple flowers in spring, the females (if there is a male near) will display red berries in autumn. They a... 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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Buxus

Buxus (Box, Boxwood)

Buxus is a group of slow growing evergreen shrubs. They have small leaves which are green or variegated, making them popular for clipping into hedges or topiary work. Most are very hardy growing in regions up to zone 5. They will grow anywhere fro... 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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Camellia

Camellia

Camellias are evergreen shrubs grown for their magnificent display of large blooms throughout spring. Flowers can be single or double and in colours of red, pink and white, some varieties being striped or multi-coloured. The foliage is large and g... more...


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Choisya ternata 'Sundance' (Mexican Orange Blossom)

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' is an evergreen shrub grown for it's oval, glossy, leaves which are coloured pale yellow. The plant forms a dense bush about five feet (1.5m) high. In spring they bear small white flowers. Choisyas are hardy to about zon... more...



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...


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Cytisus

Cytisus (Broom)

Cytisus are tough shrubs with dark green evergreen foliage and masses of brightly coloured flowers in spring. Flowers can be yellow, orange or red. Brooms grow best in full sun and will tolerate any well drained soil which is not excessively acid ... 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...



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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Dizygotheca

Dizygothecas are frost tender evergreen shrubs and trees grown for their delicately cut foliage. In some varieties the leaves may be purplish coloured. Flowers are insignificant and only appear on large plants. They require partial shade and ferti... more...



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...


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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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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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Fatshedera lizei

Fatshedera lizei is a large evergreen shrub grown for it's large glossy leaves and architectural form. It is commonly grown as a houseplant but can also be used outdoors in regions up to zone 8, where it can be grown as a wall shrub. Fatshedera li... more...



Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica is an evergreen shrub grown for it's large glossy green leaves. It is commonly grown as a houseplant or an architectural plant for the garden. Fatsia japonica will grow in most soils if given a sheltered position in shade. It is ha... more...



Gardenia

Gardenia

Gardenias are evergreen shrubs with glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers from winter to spring. Gardenias prefer light shade and fertile well drained soil which is not alkaline. more...


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Gaultheria

Gaultheria are a group of evergreen shrubs, most of which are low growing and best as ground cover. They have hanging bell-shaped flowers in late spring which are followed by berries. Gaultheria require a moist, acid soil in shade to grow well. Ha... 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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Laurus nobilis

Laurus nobilis (Laurel, Bay tree)

Laurus nobilis is a large shrub grown for it's dense foliage which makes it suitable for use as formal hedging or for larger topiary work. The leaves are scented when crushed and are often used in cooking. Laurus nobilis needs fertile, well-draine... 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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Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Lithodoras diffusa 'Heavenly Blue' is a compact, low growing shrubs suitable for the alpine border. It displays deep blue flowers from late spring. Lithodoras cope well with wetter soils than most alpines, prefering humus to a gritty soil. It requ... 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...



Mahonia

Mahonia

Mahonias are evergreen shrubs. They display strings of yellow flowers during winter and spring, which are followed by blue edible fruits. The foliage is usually glossy and sometimes holly shaped. Mahonias will grow on any well-drained soil where n... more...


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Myrtus

Myrtus (Myrtle)

Myrtus are a groups of shrubs grown for their small white spring flowers and fruits. Foliage is small, evergreen and scented. Myrtus requires a sheltered position on well-drained soil. more...


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Olearia (Daisy bush)

Olearias are marginally hardy small shrubs grown for their small white flowers displayed in late summer and autumn. Olearias require a sheltered spot to grow well, but can do well in milder coastal areas. They grow in any reasonable soil in sun or... more...


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Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' (Wild marjoram, Golden oregano)

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' is a herbaceous perennial grown as kitchen herb and also for its mauve flowers in summer. This variety has decorative golden-yellow foliage and looks good in a winter tub or hanging basket. Its spreading stems are also su... more...


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