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Cornus

Cornus (Dogwood, Cornel)

Cornus are a group of very hardy, deciduous, shrubs which are noted for their often brightly coloured stems which make an impressive display in winter. Depending on variety the stems can be bright yellow, red or black. Some varieties have variegat... 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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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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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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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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Kolkwitzia amabilis

Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty bush)

Kolkowitzia amabilis is a bushy deciduous shrub bearing clusters of pale-pink flowers in late spring. Kolkwitzia is hardy to about zone 6. It will grow well in any soil in sun or part shade. more...



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

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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Philadelphus

Philadelphus (Mock orange)

Philadelphus are deciduous shrubs grown for their white cup shaped flowers. The flowers are delightfully scented of orange blossom and borne during late spring and early summer. Phildelphus will grow on any reasonable garden soil including chalk a... 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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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...



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...


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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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Aquilegia

Aquilegia (Columbine, Granny's bonnets)

Aquilegias are short lived perennials bearing usually bell-shaped, spurred flowers held above the foliage. Flowers come in colours of pink, white, blue, yellow, red and even purple-black. Flowers are borne from mid spring to early summer. Some var... 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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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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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...



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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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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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...


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Geranium 'Phillipe Vapelle'

Geranium 'Phillipe Vapelle' (Crane's bill)

Note: this article is about the hardy perennial plant with the latin name Geranium and the common name crane's bill. Geranium is also the common name of a group of showy plants, grown as annuals, with the latin name [Pelargonium]. This variety is ... 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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