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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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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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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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Buxus

Buxus (Box, Boxwood)

Buxus is a group of slow growing evergreen shrubs. They have small leaves which are green or variegated, making them popular for clipping into hedges or topiary work. Most are very hardy growing in regions up to zone 5. They will grow anywhere fro... more...


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Callicarpa

Callicarpa (Beauty berry)

Callicarpa is a group of deciduous shrubs grown for their berries which are borne on bare stems. They have small pink flowers during summer which are followed by the brightly coloured fruits. Fruits are usually of a pink to violet colour but some ... more...



Callistemon

Callistemon (Bottlebrush)

Callistemons are evergreen shrubs grown for their unusual flowers. The flowers (actually flower clusters) resemble a bottle brush with their long brightly coloured stamens. Callistemons are not terrible hardy, only surviving up to zone 8, and even... more...



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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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...



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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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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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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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...



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...


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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...



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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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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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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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...



Genista

Genista (Broom)

Genistas are tough deciduous shrubs bearing yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer. The leaves are small and dark green. Genistas grow best on poor infertile soils and will cope with both acid and alkaline conditions. They like ... 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...


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Hypericum

Hypericum (St. John's Wort)

Hypericums are a group of herbaceous perennials and deciduous shrubs usually with yellow flower in late summer and early autumn and often followed by colourful fruits. Hypericums grow well in most soils in sun or shade. They are usually hardy to a... 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...



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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Laurus nobilis

Laurus nobilis (Laurel, Bay tree)

Laurus nobilis is a large shrub grown for it's dense foliage which makes it suitable for use as formal hedging or for larger topiary work. The leaves are scented when crushed and are often used in cooking. Laurus nobilis needs fertile, well-draine... more...