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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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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...



Fatshedera lizei

Fatshedera lizei is a large evergreen shrub grown for it's large glossy leaves and architectural form. It is commonly grown as a houseplant but can also be used outdoors in regions up to zone 8, where it can be grown as a wall shrub. Fatshedera li... more...



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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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...



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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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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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...



Colocasia esculanta 'Black Magic'

Colocasia esculanta 'Black Magic' (Elephants ears)

Colocasias are tender perennials grown for their bold and imposing leaves which are up to three feet (1m) long. C. 'Black Magic' is a popular variety with purple-black leaves. Colocasias requires a moist soil to grow in, even growing in bog garden... 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...



Dicksonia antarctica

Dicksonia antarctica (Australian tree fern)

Dicksonia antarctica makes an impressive site in a suburban garden. A slow growing plant it eventrually forms a strong trunk with a rosette of evergreen fern leaves at the top. The Australian tree fern grows well-drained soil in sun or light shade... 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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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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