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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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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 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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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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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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Ceratostigma willmottianum

Ceratostigma willmottianum (Hardy plumbago)

Ceratostigma willmottianum is a deciduous shrub grown for its displays of clear blue flowers in late summer and autumn. Ceratostigmas are only slightly hardy, coping up to zone 8. They require a well drained soil in full sun. Prune hard in late sp... more...



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...


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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...


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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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Dizygotheca

Dizygothecas are frost tender evergreen shrubs and trees grown for their delicately cut foliage. In some varieties the leaves may be purplish coloured. Flowers are insignificant and only appear on large plants. They require partial shade and ferti... 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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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...



Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica is an evergreen shrub grown for it's large glossy green leaves. It is commonly grown as a houseplant or an architectural plant for the garden. Fatsia japonica will grow in most soils if given a sheltered position in shade. It is ha... more...



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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