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Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry, Serviceberry, Shadbush, Snowy mespilus)

Amelanchier lamarckii is a deciduous shrub grown for its abundant display of spring flowers and brightly coloured autumn foliage. The white flowers are borne from mid to late spring. Young foliage is bronze, and turns bright orange and red in autu... more...


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Aucuba

Aucuba (Spotted laurel)

Aucubas are evergreen shrubs grown for their often variegated leaves. Aucubas have separate male and female plants. Male plants bears small purple flowers in spring, the females (if there is a male near) will display red berries in autumn. They a... more...


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Berberis

Berberis (Barberry)

Berberis is a group of shrubs grown for their spring flowers and often berries and coloured foliage. Many berberis have thorny stems or spikey leaves making them useful for hedging to deter intruders. They may be deciduous or evergreen depending o... more...


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Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' (Bottlebrush)

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' is an evergreen shrub grown for its unusual flowers. The flowers (actually flower clusters) resemble a bottle brush due to their long brightly red stamens. Callistemons are not terrible hardy, only surviving up to ... more...


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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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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...



Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis' (Japonica, Flowering quince)

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis' is a hardy deciduous shrub (zone 5) which bears its flowers from mid-winter to late spring, often on bare stems. Flowers are pure white and are followed by edible fruits which can be made into jam. Foliage is deciduo... more...



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...



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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Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

Cotoneasters are a widely variable group of shrubs which an be either deciduous or evergreen. They usually bear white flowers in spring which are followed by red berries. Some make excellent groundcover. Foliage is usually small and dark green. Co... 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...



Euonymus

Euonymus

Euonymus are shrubs which can either be deciduous or evergreen. Evergreen forms are grown for their colourful, often variegated foliage. Deciduous forms have bright berries and autumn leaf colour. Flowers are insignificant. Euonymus cope well and ... more...


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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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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...



Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Lithodoras diffusa 'Heavenly Blue' is a compact, low growing shrubs suitable for the alpine border. It displays deep blue flowers from late spring. Lithodoras cope well with wetter soils than most alpines, prefering humus to a gritty soil. It requ... 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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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...



Pyracantha

Pyracantha (Firethorn)

Pyracanthas are evergreen shrubs which bear white flowers in spring and usually and impressive display of red, orange or yellow berries in autumn. Their stems are strongly thorny and they make an effective barrier against intruders. They look good... 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...



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...


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Vaccinium

Vaccinium and evergreen and deciduous shrubs including ornamental varieties as well as fruit bearing types such as blueberry and cranberry. Ornamental varieties are grown for their fruits and colourful autumn foliage rather than their small flower... 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

Vinca (Periwinkle)

Vincas are spreading groundcover perennials. They bear powder blue flowers held above the foliage during mid spring to early summer. Some varieties are available with variegated foliage. Vincas grow in any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. more...