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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...



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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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...



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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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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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...



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...



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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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...



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...



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...



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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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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Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolias are shrubs and small trees grown for their sometimes fragrant flowers which are usually borne in the spring. Flowers vary from small to large and cup shaped and come in shades of white, cream and pink. Magnolias like any soil which is no... more...



Myrtus

Myrtus (Myrtle)

Myrtus are a groups of shrubs grown for their small white spring flowers and fruits. Foliage is small, evergreen and scented. Myrtus requires a sheltered position on well-drained soil. more...


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Osmanthus

Osmanthus

Osmanthus are shrubs and small trees often with holly like foliage. Some are grown for their foliage, others for their small, white, fragrant flowers. Osmanthus grows well in any well-drained garden soil in sun or light shade. more...


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Photinia

Photinia

Photinias are large shrubs which may be either evergreen or deciduous. Evergreens are grown for their foliage which is sometimes brightly coloured. Flowers are white and borne in clusters in late spring and are followed by red berries. Deciduous t... more...


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Pittosporum

Pittosporums are evergreen, mostly tender shrubs grown for their foliage which is light green in the species but may be purple, silver, gold or variegated in cultivated varieties. Mature plants may display purple of brown fragrant flowers in spri... more...



Rhododendron (Rhododendron, Azalea)

Rhododendrons are a large group of evergreen shrubs grown for their bright spring flowers. Flowers come in colours of white, yellow, pink and red and are borne en-masse from early spring. Rhododendrons require moist but well-drained acid-to neutra... 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...



Sambucus

Sambucus (Elder)

Sambucus is a group of perennials, shrubs and small trees. A number of selections are available with interestingly coloured foliage. Most bear clusters of small pink flowers in mid summer to early autumn and some have colourful fruits. Elders pref... more...


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Syringa

Syringa (Lilac)

Syringas are shrubs and small trees bearing heads of pink or purple flowers usually in late spring and early summer. The flowers are often scented. Syringas grow well on most soils except those which are too acidic. They grow best in full sun. 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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Viburnum

Viburnum

Viburnums are a large and diverse group of shrubs and small trees. There are both evergreen and deciduous forms and whilst most flower in spring there are others which flower during winter or summer and some have scented blooms. Some have good aut... more...



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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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...



Datura

Datura (Angel's trumpets)

Daturas are shrubs and trees grown for their large trumpet shaped flowers usually of white, pale yellow or pale pink. They are usually grown as conservatory plants. Daturas require a fertile soil in full sun. If grown in containers they require fr... more...