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Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster horizontalis is a popular evergreen shrub. It's stems grow in an attractive herringbone pattern and it looks especially good grown against a wall, it's natural form being as ground cover. It's leaves are small and dark green, turning r... more...



Hebe

Hebes are a large group of evergreen shrubs. The most common varieties have large green or variegated leaves and lax spikes of flowers throughout summer. There are also dwarf and ground cover types which are grown largely for their colourful folia... 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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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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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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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 tricolor (Ornamental bramble)

This ornamental bramble makes useful groundcover, especially in a shady site, with vigorous spreading stems. The evergreen leaves are shiny and slightly bronzed. Stems are bristly. Rubus tricolor bears white flowers in late summer which are follow... more...



Thymus (Thyme)

Thymus are dwarf shrubs and perennials with scented foliage. They are useful in rock gardens and coloured leaf forms can be used in winter planters and baskets. In summer they bear usually pink flowers. Thymus grows best on well-drained soil in fu... more...



Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii is a low spreading evergreen shrub. It bears unimpressive flowers in summer and bright blue berries in autumn. Viburnums grow will in most soils in sun or light shade, preferring a site away from cold winds. more...



Vinca major

Vinca major (Periwinkle)

Vinca major is a spreading groundcover perennials. It bears blue flowers held above the foliage during late spring and summer. Vincas grow in any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. more...


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Ajuga (Bugle)

Ajugas are low growing perennials suitable for ground cover under trees. In spring they bear short spikes of blue flowers. There are a number of selections available with interesting coloured foliage. Ajugas require a shady site in moist soil and... more...


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Arabis

Arabis (Rock cress)

Arabis are compact rockery perennials. They have clumps of foliage which slowly spread and in spring bear white or pink flowers held above the foliage. Arabis require full sun and a very well-drained soil. more...


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Aubretia

Aubretias are spreading rockery perennials grown for their spring flowers. Flowers come in colours of pink, mauve and white. All aubretias like a site in full sun on well-drained, limy soil. They are best if pruned back hard after flowering. more...



Bergenia purpurascens

Bergenia purpurascens

Bergenia purpurascens is a ground-cover perennial renowned for its weed-smothering ability. It has large, shiny, evergreen leaves and displays of pink flowers in spring. Bergenias grow in any well-drained soil in sun or shade, but leaf colour is b... more...


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Convallaria majalis

Convallaria majalis (Lily-of-the-valley)

Lily-of-the-valley is a hardy perennial grown for its strongly scented white flowers borne in spring. The plants are low growing and spread by underground roots and can become invasive. They have traditionally been grown in pots for the windowsill... more...



Dianthus

Dianthus (Pink, Carnation, Sweet william)

The genus dianthus represents a number of types of plants including pinks, carnations and sweet williams. All are small plants, either perennial, biennial or annual with flat topped, pink or white flowers. Many varieties are suitable for a rock ga... more...


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Artemisia

Artemisia (Wormwood)

Artemisias are perennials and spreading shrubs with finely divided silvery-grey foliage. They are grown for their foliage, their flowers being generally insignificant. They make an excellent foil to more colourful specimins in the perennial border... more...


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Gypsophila

Gypsophila (Baby's breath)

Gypsophilas are perennials hardy to about zone 6 which bear broad-spreading, whispy displays of flowers from summer to early autumn. The flowers are small, and either white or pink. They make excellent cut flowers. These plants like a well-drained... more...



Helianthemum

Helianthemum (Sun rose)

Helianthemums are shrubby alpines with a bushy or spreading habit. They bear brightly coloured flowers during early summer. Flowers may be white, pink, red, yellow or orange. These are all sun-loving plants which can tolerate dry and infertile soi... more...