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Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii (Barberry)

Berberis darwinii is a dense evergreen shrub. In mid to late spring it bears plentiful of small, bright orange-yellow flowers. These are followed by purple fruits. The foliage is small, glossy and holly like - it makes an effective intruder deterr... more...



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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Ceanothus

Ceanothus (Californian lilac)

Ceanothus are shrubs which grown for their vibrant displays of blue flowers. Plants are either deciduous and flower in the spring or evergreens which flower in summer. The foliage is small, glossy and dark green. Ceanothus require a sunny protecte... 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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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...



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...



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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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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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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Skimmia

Skimmia

Skimmias are small evergreen shrubs with dark green leaves. They bear heads of white flowers in early spring usually preceded by red buds. In female varieties these are followed by clusters of red berries. Skimmias prefer a moist, acid, fertile so... more...


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Aconitum (Aconite, Monkshood)

Aconitums are perennials bearing distinctive hooded flowers. Flowers are usually in shades of blue and are borne from early to late summer. The roots are poisonous. Aconitums require fertile soil in full sun or light shade. They are best if mulche... more...



Agapanthus

Agapanthus (African lily)

Agapanthus are perennials with sword shaped leaves and ball shaped heads of either blue or white lily-like flowers. Flowers are borne from mid summer to early autumn. Agapanthus grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Old clumps can be div... more...


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Alcea

Alcea (Hollyhock)

Hollyhocks are biennials and short lived perennials. In early to late summer they bear tall flower stems carrying large flowers in shades of red, pink and white. Hollyhocks need full sun and well-drained soil.Propagation They are easily grown from... more...


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Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)

Alstroemeria are evergreen perennials bearing lily-like flowers in shade of pink, yellow, orange and red throughout summer. They are popular as cut flowers. Alstroemeria require a sheltered, sunny position and fertile well drained soil. Some types... more...


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Aster (Michaelmas daisy)

Asters are a large group of often autumn flowering perennials and annuals. The daisy-like flowers come in shades of blue, purple, pink and white. Many varieties are suitable as cut flowers. Asters will grow in any reasonable soil in full sun to li... more...



Astilbe

Astilbe (Goats beard)

Astilbes are summer flowering perennials. The flowers are borne in feathery spikes above the foliage and continue to look good once dried brown through winter. Flowers come in shades of pink, mauve, red and white. Astilbes prefer a fertile soil wh... more...


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Canna

Cannas are perennials with large leaves, sometimes coloured bronze or purple, on upright stems and flowers in shades of red, pink and white. Cannas prefer a fertile, moist but not waterlogged soil in full sun. Rhizomes can be lifted and stored in ... more...



Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums can be divided into a number of types, which are often classified under separate genera.Florists Chrysanthemums Grown as cut flowers, these flower from late summer to late autumn (depending on variety). They can be of either large f... more...



Colocasia esculanta 'Black Magic'

Colocasia esculanta 'Black Magic' (Elephants ears)

Colocasias are tender perennials grown for their bold and imposing leaves which are up to three feet (1m) long. C. 'Black Magic' is a popular variety with purple-black leaves. Colocasias requires a moist soil to grow in, even growing in bog garden... more...


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Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen are small perennials which bear pink, red or white flowers. Hardy varieties are suitable for naturalising under trees and banks. Some types are commonly used as houseplants or in winter tubs and baskets. Cyclamen like a fertile soil in su... more...


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Cynara

Cynara (Globe artichoke)

Cynara is a type of thistle with strong, vigorous upright stems and large purple thistle-like flowers. The foliage is spiky and sometimes silver coloured. Grow cynaras in fertile soil in full sun. 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...



Delphinium

Delphinium

Delphiniums are border perennials renowned for their tall spikes of flowers in shades of blue and white. Delphiniums require a fertile soil in full sun. Most varieties will need staking of their flower stems. more...



Dicentra spectabilis

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding hearts)

Dicentra has wonderful and unique flowers, each one looking like a pink heart which has been split at the bottom with the white contents dripping out, giving them the very appropriate common name of bleeding hearts. The flowers hang from arching s... more...



Dodecatheon

Dodecatheon (Shooting stars)

Dodecatheon is a clump-like plant similar to a primula bearing flowers on upright stems. The flowers initially point downwards with their petals bent back, but then turn to face skyward after pollination giving the plant it's common name. Dodecath... more...



Datura

Datura (Angel's trumpets)

Daturas are shrubs and trees grown for their large trumpet shaped flowers usually of white, pale yellow or pale pink. They are usually grown as conservatory plants. Daturas require a fertile soil in full sun. If grown in containers they require fr... more...



Hibiscus (Mallow, Tree hollyhock, )

Hibiscus in the wild are large shrubs bearing large trumpet shaped flowers in shades of pink, violet, red and white. Cultivated varieties may be more compact and are popular conservatory plants where flowers can reach over eight inches (40cm) in d... more...


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Echinacea

Echinacea (Purple coneflower)

Echinacea are border perennials with medium sized, flat daisy like heads of flowers in colours of pink, red and white in summer. They are a commonly used plant in the current trend for 'prairie planting'. Echinacea like a site in full sun on a lig... more...


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