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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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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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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...



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...



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pittosporum

Pittosporums are evergreen, mostly tender shrubs grown for their foliage which is light green in the species but may be purple, silver, gold or variegated in cultivated varieties. Mature plants may display purple of brown fragrant flowers in spri... more...



Rhododendron (Rhododendron, Azalea)

Rhododendrons are a large group of evergreen shrubs grown for their bright spring flowers. Flowers come in colours of white, yellow, pink and red and are borne en-masse from early spring. Rhododendrons require moist but well-drained acid-to neutra... more...



Ribes

Ribes (Currant)

Ribes are upright, deciduous, flowering shrubs grown either for their edible fruits or their spring flowers. Flowering varieties have strings of usually pink or red flowers. Edible varieties have red (red currant), white (white current), purple-bl... 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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Spiraea

Spiraea

Spiraeas are a group of flowering deciduous shrubs mostly of excellent garden value. There are types which flower in the spring, often with white flowers, and those which bloom over the summer, often with pink flowers and sometimes colourful folia... more...



Viburnum

Viburnum

Viburnums are a large and diverse group of shrubs and small trees. There are both evergreen and deciduous forms and whilst most flower in spring there are others which flower during winter or summer and some have scented blooms. Some have good aut... more...



Aloe

Aloe

Aloes are perennials and small trees with rosettes of succulent lance shaped leaves. Leaves can be green, blue-grey or variegated. Spikes if lily-like flowers may be borne usually during spring. They can be planted outdoors in frost free areas or ... more...


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Arabis

Arabis (Rock cress)

Arabis are compact rockery perennials. They have clumps of foliage which slowly spread and in spring bear white or pink flowers held above the foliage. Arabis require full sun and a very well-drained soil. more...


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Bergenia purpurascens

Bergenia purpurascens

Bergenia purpurascens is a ground-cover perennial renowned for its weed-smothering ability. It has large, shiny, evergreen leaves and displays of pink flowers in spring. Bergenias grow in any well-drained soil in sun or shade, but leaf colour is b... more...


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Convallaria majalis

Convallaria majalis (Lily-of-the-valley)

Lily-of-the-valley is a hardy perennial grown for its strongly scented white flowers borne in spring. The plants are low growing and spread by underground roots and can become invasive. They have traditionally been grown in pots for the windowsill... more...



Dianthus barbatus

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet william)

Sweet williams are usually biennial but some types are also annual or perennial. The plant habit is generally low and spreading and they bear single flowers in colours of red, pink and white including bi-colour varieties. All dianthus require a we... more...



Doronicum

Doronicum (Leopard's bane)

Doronicums are useful spring flowering perennials with bright yellow daisy like flowers borne above clumps of green heart shaped foliage. Doronicums grow best in moist, acidic soil in full sun to part shade. more...


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Draba

Drabas are small, low growing rockery perennials. They bear small yellow or pink flowers in spring. Drabas require a sunny site in well-drained, gritty soil and protection from winter wetness. more...



Echeveria

Echeveria (Hen and chickens)

This is a genus of succulents with tight rosettes of leaves and spikes of small flowers borne at various times of the year depending on the species, but mainly i spring or autumn. The leaves may be green, silver-grey, purple or red and bi-colour v... more...



Protea

Protea (Sugarbush)

Proteas are evergreen shrubs and trees grown for their large to very large and colourful flowers. The usually pink flowers are borne in either winter or summer depending on the variety. Proteas are only marginally hardy but they can be raised in a... more...



Epimedium

Epimedium (Barrenwort)

Epimediums are spring flowering perennials which make effective ground cover. The are noted for their unusual spider shaped flowers. Flowers are usually pink or yellow and are held above the foliage. Some varieties are evergreen, others have colou... more...



Eranthis

Eranthis (Winter aconites)

Eranthis are small, tuberous perennials which bear yellow flowers in early spring. They are good for naturalising under deciduous trees. They can be bought as dried bulbs in the autumn, but are generally better when obtained in flower in the sprin... more...


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Erica x darleyensis 'Arthur Johnson'

Erica x darleyensis 'Arthur Johnson' (Heath)

E. x darleyensis varieties are taller and more vigorous than most heaths. They are tough plants originally from exposed mountain sides, hardy up to zone 7. Flowers are bright pink and borne from winter to late spring. Plants will tolerate light s... more...


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