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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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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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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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Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue' (Californian lilac)

Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue' is an evergreen shrub grown for its vibrant displays of blue flowers borne in late summer and early autumn. The foliage is small, glossy and dark green. Ceanothus require a sunny protected site, being only marginally hard... more...



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...



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...



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 'Apple Blossom'

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' is an evergreen shrub grown for its glossy green leaves and pink and white flowers. Flowers are displayed from mid summer to early autumn. It can be used as an informal, flowering hedge. Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' will g... more...



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...



Lampranthus

Lampranthus (Ice plant)

Lampranthus are tender succulent perennials bearing bright daisy like flowers over a long. They can be used effectively as summer bedding. Lampranthus require full sun and a very well-drained soil, coping well with dry conditions. 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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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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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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Fuchsia

Fuchsia is a large group of deciduous shrubs which flower over a long period from late spring to late summer, and may even continue flowering into winter if conditions are suitable. Flowers some in a wide range of colours from white through to pin... more...



Plumbago

Plumbago (Leadwort)

Plumbagos are perennials and shrubs grown for their usually blue or white flowers borne intermittently throughout summer but mainly in late summer and autumn. Some varieties are scrambling climbers which can be trained against a wall. Plumbagos gr... 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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Rosa (Rose)

Rosa, or the rose, has to be one of the best known and best loved shrubs. They vary in form from compact bushes to scrambling climbers. Roses are available in almost every colour from white through red, pink and yellow. Just about the only colour ... more...



Rubus tricolor (Ornamental bramble)

This ornamental bramble makes useful groundcover, especially in a shady site, with vigorous spreading stems. The evergreen leaves are shiny and slightly bronzed. Stems are bristly. Rubus tricolor bears white flowers in late summer which are follow... more...



Ruta graveolens 'Jackmans Blue' (Rue)

This is a group of evergreen shrubs grown for their scented leaves and late summer flowers. The flowers are sulphur yellow. It also has uses as a medicinal herb. Ruta grows in any reasonable soil in sun or light shade. They should be pruned back t... more...



Sambucus

Sambucus (Elder)

Sambucus is a group of perennials, shrubs and small trees. A number of selections are available with interestingly coloured foliage. Most bear clusters of small pink flowers in mid summer to early autumn and some have colourful fruits. Elders pref... more...



Tamarix

Tamarix (Tamarisk)

Tamarix are deciduous or evergreen shrubs with upright stems and small, scale like leaves. They display strings of small pink flowers, the time of year depending on the species. Tamarix grows well on most soils preferring sun or light shade. more...


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Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus)

Viburnum tinus is an evergreen shrub bearing clusters of white flowers in late autumn and early winter. Viburnums grow will in most soils in sun or light shade, but prefers a site away from cold winds. more...



Acanthus

Acanthus (Bear's breeches)

Acanthus are perennials with large, elegant foliage and spikes of flowers borne from mid summer to early autumn. The flowers are in shades of pink and purple Acanthus grows well in any well-drained soil in full sun. more...


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Achillea

Achillea (Yarrow, Milfoil)

Achilleas are perennials with finely cut foliage and broad heads of flowers in shades of yellow, pink, red or white. Flowers are borne from early summer to early autumn. Achilleas grows well in most soils but prefers a sunny site. 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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Argyranthemum

Argyranthemum (Marguerite)

Argyranthemum are marginally hardy perennials grown for their displays of white, pink or yellow daisy like flowers. Flowers are borne throughout summer. A number of selections are now available which make excellent plants for planting in summer pl... more...


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