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Amelanchier

Amelanchier (Juneberry, Serviceberry, Shadbush, Snowy mespilus)

Amelanchiers are deciduous shrubs and small trees grown for their abundant displays of spring flowers and their often brightly coloured autumn foliage. The flowers are usually white and are followed by fruits which are often edible. Hardy in regio... more...



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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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...



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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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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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...



Myrtus luma

Myrtus luma (Myrtle)

Myrtus luma is a shrub grown for its small white spring flowers and fruits. Foliage is small, evergreen and highly scented. The peeling bark is golden-brown. Myrtus requires a sheltered position on well-drained soil. It prefers full sun but will t... more...



Philadelphus

Philadelphus (Mock orange)

Philadelphus are deciduous shrubs grown for their white cup shaped flowers. The flowers are delightfully scented of orange blossom and borne during late spring and early summer. Phildelphus will grow on any reasonable garden soil including chalk a... 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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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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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 (Bramble)

This is a large group of upright shrubs, scramblers and ground cover plants which includes raspberries and blackberries. Some types are grown for their ornamental flowers, some for their fruits and others for their decorative winter stems. Rubus w... 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...


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Acanthus

Acanthus (Bear's breeches)

Acanthus are perennials with large, elegant foliage and spikes of flowers borne from mid summer to early autumn. The flowers are in shades of pink and purple Acanthus grows well in any well-drained soil in full sun. more...


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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...


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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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Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlias are a vast group of annuals and perennials. Flowers come in virtually any colour except true blue and in a variety of different forms. Dwarf varieties are used as annual bedding, larger types are used in the perennial border or as dot plan... more...



Delphinium

Delphinium

Delphiniums are border perennials renowned for their tall spikes of flowers in shades of blue and white. Delphiniums require a fertile soil in full sun. Most varieties will need staking of their flower stems. more...



Digitalis

Digitalis (Foxglove)

Foxgloves are biennials and short lived perennials bearing tall spikes of tube shaped flowers above a rosette of foliage. Flowers come in colours of pink, purple, red and white with spots on the throat. Digitalis requires a moist soil and shade to... more...


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Datura

Datura (Angel's trumpets)

Daturas are shrubs and trees grown for their large trumpet shaped flowers usually of white, pale yellow or pale pink. They are usually grown as conservatory plants. Daturas require a fertile soil in full sun. If grown in containers they require fr... more...



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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Echinops

Echinops (Globe thistle)

Echinops are perennial plants with prickly, greyish foliage and rounded, metallic blue flowers heads. Some species may require staking. All types are attractive to butterflies. They require full sun and moderate to poor chalky or sandy soil. 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...



Eremurus

Eremurus (Foxtail lily)

Eremurus form clumps of strap-shaped leaves. In summer these die down as the tall, elegant flower spikes appear. The flowers can be white, pink or yellow. They need sun and well-drained soil to do well. The roots are sensitive to planting depth an... more...


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Eryngium

Eryngium (Sea holly)

The sea hollys are sun loving perennial plants with striking foliage. The flowers are teazle-like with spiky bracts, usually bluish in colour. Flowers are borne towards the end of summer. Leaves are either evergreen or deciduous depending on the v... more...


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Helenium

Helenium (Sneezewort)

Heleniums are sun loving perennials hardy to about zone 6. The flowers have a large centre, often with the outer petals angled backwards like a shuttlecock. They are usually deep-red, yellow or orange. Most bloom in late summer. Their growth habit... more...


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