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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...



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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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...


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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...



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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Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville'

Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville'

Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville' is an upright evergreen shrub or tree with clumps of strong, lance shaped, yellow striped leaves. As the plant grows the leaves start to form a woody stem, with a cluster of leaves at the top and sometimes at in... 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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Aloe

Aloe

Aloes are perennials and small trees with rosettes of succulent lance shaped leaves. Leaves can be green, blue-grey or variegated. Spikes if lily-like flowers may be borne usually during spring. They can be planted outdoors in frost free areas or ... more...



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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Cordyline 'Red Sensation'

Cordyline 'Red Sensation'

Cordylines are evergreen shrubs with rosettes of long, lance-shaped leaves. They are slow growing but eventually reach up to 50 feet (15m) but whilst young are suitable as a dot plant in a border or a winter tub. This variety has deep purple-red l... more...


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Cynara

Cynara (Globe artichoke)

Cynara is a type of thistle with strong, vigorous upright stems and large purple thistle-like flowers. The foliage is spiky and sometimes silver coloured. Grow cynaras in fertile soil in full sun. 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...



Dianthus carophyllus

Dianthus carophyllus (Carnation)

The carnation is a hardy perennial grown for its single or double flowers in shades of white, red purple and pink. The blooms are sweetly scented. The carnation is frequently used as a cut flower. All dianthus require a well drained soil and a sit... 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...



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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