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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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Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua is an evergreen shrub grown for it's magnificent display of large blooms during autumn and winter. Flowers are usually single and white but other forms are and colours are available. The foliage is large and glossy. Camellia sasa... 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...



Eleagnus (Oleaster)

Eleagnus are a group of evergreen and deciduous shrubs grown for their often variegated foliage and insignificant but highly scented flowers. Eleagnus prefers a sunny site with soil on the dry side. They cope well with exposed conditions, even gro... 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...



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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Osmanthus

Osmanthus

Osmanthus are shrubs and small trees often with holly like foliage. Some are grown for their foliage, others for their small, white, fragrant flowers. Osmanthus grows well in any well-drained garden soil in sun or light shade. 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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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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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...



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...



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...



Aster (Michaelmas daisy)

Asters are a large group of often autumn flowering perennials and annuals. The daisy-like flowers come in shades of blue, purple, pink and white. Many varieties are suitable as cut flowers. Asters will grow in any reasonable soil in full sun to li... more...



Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums can be divided into a number of types, which are often classified under separate genera.Florists Chrysanthemums Grown as cut flowers, these flower from late summer to late autumn (depending on variety). They can be of either large f... more...



Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen are small perennials which bear pink, red or white flowers. Hardy varieties are suitable for naturalising under trees and banks. Some types are commonly used as houseplants or in winter tubs and baskets. Cyclamen like a fertile soil in su... more...


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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...


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Hibiscus (Mallow, Tree hollyhock, )

Hibiscus in the wild are large shrubs bearing large trumpet shaped flowers in shades of pink, violet, red and white. Cultivated varieties may be more compact and are popular conservatory plants where flowers can reach over eight inches (40cm) in d... more...


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Epilobium

These are perennials bearing spikes of pink flowers from mid-summer followed by fluffy flower heads. Some, such as rose-bay willowherb (E. angustifolium) can be weedy and invasive. Grow in full sun on well-drained soil. 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...



Geranium

Geranium (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]. Geraniums are pe... more...