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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...



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...



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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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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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Lily magnolia)

Magnolias liliiflora 'Nigra' is a small tree grown for it's free flowering nature. It bears tulip-shaped wine-purple flowers from mid-spring to mid-summer. Magnolias like any soil which is not too dry and and too chalky. Add compost when planting ... more...



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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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...



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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Rubus (Bramble)

This is a large group of upright shrubs, scramblers and ground cover plants which includes raspberries and blackberries. Some types are grown for their ornamental flowers, some for their fruits and others for their decorative winter stems. Rubus w... more...



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...



Vinca major

Vinca major (Periwinkle)

Vinca major is a spreading groundcover perennials. It bears blue flowers held above the foliage during late spring and summer. Vincas grow in any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. more...



Wiegela

Wiegelas are deciduous shrubs grown for their usually pink or purple, funnel shaped flowers. Flowers are borne in late spring and early summer. Some forms are available with coloured or variegated foliage. Wiegelas grow in any well-drained garden ... more...


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Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria's agave)

Agave victoriae-reginae is a perennial with fleshy, succulent, lance-shaped leaves. Leaves form a neat round ball and are green with white stripes. They are of great architectural value and are often used as housplants. The leaf clusters are usual... more...


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Anthemis

Anthemis

Anthemis are perennials with finely divided leaves and masses of daisy like flowers from late spring to late summer. Grow Anthemis in full sun in well-drained soil. They can be short lived unless divided each spring. 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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Centaurea

Centaurea (Knapweed, Perennial cornflower)

Centaureas are perennials with purple thistle-like flowers borne throughout summer. Grow centaureas in well-drained soil, even poor soil in full sun. more...


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Centranthus ruber

Centranthus ruber (Red valerian)

Centranthus ruber is a British native perennial with pink flowers borne from late spring to early autumn. It frequently self seeds even on the poorest of soils. Centranthus grows best in full sun on any soil. more...



Coreopsis

Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis are hardy perennials bearing yellow daisy like flowers throughout summer. Coreopsis grow in any reasonable soil in full sun. more...


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Dianthus

Dianthus (Pink, Carnation, Sweet william)

The genus dianthus represents a number of types of plants including pinks, carnations and sweet williams. All are small plants, either perennial, biennial or annual with flat topped, pink or white flowers. Many varieties are suitable for a rock ga... more...


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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...



Digitalis

Digitalis (Foxglove)

Foxgloves are biennials and short lived perennials bearing tall spikes of tube shaped flowers above a rosette of foliage. Flowers come in colours of pink, purple, red and white with spots on the throat. Digitalis requires a moist soil and shade to... more...


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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...



Gentiana

Gentiana (Gentian)

Gentians are mostly alpine perennials with upward pointing bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are borne in either spring, summer or autumn depending on the species. Most varieties have blue flowers but there are a few with white blooms. Grow gentian... more...



Geum

Geum (Avens)

Geums are compact perennials bearing brightly coloured flowers from late spring to late summer. Flowers are available in shades of reds, oranges and yellows. Geums are easy to look after. They require a sunny site on well drained soil. They are be... more...


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Gypsophila

Gypsophila (Baby's breath)

Gypsophilas are perennials hardy to about zone 6 which bear broad-spreading, whispy displays of flowers from summer to early autumn. The flowers are small, and either white or pink. They make excellent cut flowers. These plants like a well-drained... more...



Helianthemum

Helianthemum (Sun rose)

Helianthemums are shrubby alpines with a bushy or spreading habit. They bear brightly coloured flowers during early summer. Flowers may be white, pink, red, yellow or orange. These are all sun-loving plants which can tolerate dry and infertile soi... more...