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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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Callicarpa dichotoma

Callicarpa dichotoma (American beauty berry)

Callicarpa dichotoma is a deciduous shrub grown for its berries which are borne on bare stems. It has small pink flowers during summer which are followed by the brightly coloured fruits. Fruits are a pink to violet colour. It grows in most well-dr... 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

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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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...



Cotinus (Smoke bush, Venetian sumach)

Cotinus are deciduous shrubs grown for their often brightly coloured foliage and unusual fluffy purple flowers which make the bush look like it is covered in smoke. Flowers are borne in mid to late summer. Cotinus requires a hot dry spot to flower... more...


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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

Escallonia

Escallonias are a group of mostly evergreen shrubs grown for their glossy green leaves and usually pink or red flowers. Flowers are usually displayed from early to late summer. They can be used as an informal, flowering hedge. Escallonias will gro... more...


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Hebe

Hebes are a large group of evergreen shrubs. The most common varieties have large green or variegated leaves and lax spikes of flowers throughout summer. There are also dwarf and ground cover types which are grown largely for their colourful folia... 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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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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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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Lavandula

Lavandula (Lavender)

Lavandula, or Lavender are very well known small shrubs grown for their plentiful supply of flowers and scented foliage. Flowers are borne throughout summer in colours of blue, purple, pink or white. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and b... more...


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Leycesteria formosa

Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle)

Leycesteria formosa is a shrub with arching green stems and unusual flowers. The flowers, borne throughout summer, are in hanging clusters of red and white. Leycesteria formosa grows well in any well-drained, not too dry soil in full sun or light ... 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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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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Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' (Wild marjoram, Golden oregano)

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' is a herbaceous perennial grown as kitchen herb and also for its mauve flowers in summer. This variety has decorative golden-yellow foliage and looks good in a winter tub or hanging basket. Its spreading stems are also su... more...


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Pentas

Pentas

Pentas are evergreen shrubs and perennials grown for their displays of bright pink, red or white flowers borne throughout summer. Grow Pentas in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. 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...


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