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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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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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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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Catalpa

Catalpa

Catalpa are large shrubs or small trees grown for their large soft green leaves and small pinkish-white flowers in summer. They are noted for their tolerance of polluted urban conditions. They need a site in full sun and are best with hot summers.... 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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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...



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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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...


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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...



Deutzia

Deutzias are deciduous shrubs which put on an impressive display of flower in late spring, but can look dull out of flower. Deutzias will grow in any fertile, well drained soil in sun or light shade. They are hardy to about zone 6. Cut back curren... more...


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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...


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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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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...


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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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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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Mahonia

Mahonia

Mahonias are evergreen shrubs. They display strings of yellow flowers during winter and spring, which are followed by blue edible fruits. The foliage is usually glossy and sometimes holly shaped. Mahonias will grow on any well-drained soil where n... more...


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Myrtus

Myrtus (Myrtle)

Myrtus are a groups of shrubs grown for their small white spring flowers and fruits. Foliage is small, evergreen and scented. Myrtus requires a sheltered position on well-drained soil. 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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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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Pernettya

Pernettya

Pernettyas are compact shrubs with small evergreen leaves. Their most notable feature is their berries displayed in shades of white, red, pink and purple. Flowers are small and white and borne in early to mid-summer. Pernettya grows well in any we... 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...



Photinia

Photinia

Photinias are large shrubs which may be either evergreen or deciduous. Evergreens are grown for their foliage which is sometimes brightly coloured. Flowers are white and borne in clusters in late spring and are followed by red berries. Deciduous t... more...


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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold' is a compact shrub grown for its bright yellow deciduous foliage. During winter it shows off it's stems which have light brown peeling bark. Flowers are pink-tinged and borne in late spring. Physocarpus will g... more...



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...