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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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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...



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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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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Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Japonica, Flowering quince)

Chaenomeles are hardy shrubs (zone 5) which bear their flowers from mid-winter to mid-spring, often on bare stems. Flowers come in white, pink and red and are followed by edible fruits which can be made into jam. Foliage is deciduous and dark gree... 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...



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...



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...



Gaultheria

Gaultheria are a group of evergreen shrubs, most of which are low growing and best as ground cover. They have hanging bell-shaped flowers in late spring which are followed by berries. Gaultheria require a moist, acid soil in shade to grow well. Ha... more...



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...



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...



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...



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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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...



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...



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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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...



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...



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...



Syringa

Syringa (Lilac)

Syringas are shrubs and small trees bearing heads of pink or purple flowers usually in late spring and early summer. The flowers are often scented. Syringas grow well on most soils except those which are too acidic. They grow best in full sun. 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...



Achillea

Achillea (Yarrow, Milfoil)

Achilleas are perennials with finely cut foliage and broad heads of flowers in shades of yellow, pink, red or white. Flowers are borne from early summer to early autumn. Achilleas grows well in most soils but prefers a sunny site. more...



Alcea

Alcea (Hollyhock)

Hollyhocks are biennials and short lived perennials. In early to late summer they bear tall flower stems carrying large flowers in shades of red, pink and white. Hollyhocks need full sun and well-drained soil.Propagation They are easily grown from... more...



Aloe

Aloe

Aloes are perennials and small trees with rosettes of succulent lance shaped leaves. Leaves can be green, blue-grey or variegated. Spikes if lily-like flowers may be borne usually during spring. They can be planted outdoors in frost free areas or ... 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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Canna

Cannas are perennials with large leaves, sometimes coloured bronze or purple, on upright stems and flowers in shades of red, pink and white. Cannas prefer a fertile, moist but not waterlogged soil in full sun. Rhizomes can be lifted and stored in ... 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...


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Cistus

Cistus (Rock rose, Sun rose)

Cistus are dwarf shrubs suitable for the rock garden. They bear single rose-like flowers in early summer in shades of pink, red and white. Cistus require a site in full sun on very well-drained soil. Add grit or vermiculite to the soil when planting. more...