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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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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...



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...



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...



Gaultheria

Gaultheria are a group of evergreen shrubs, most of which are low growing and best as ground cover. They have hanging bell-shaped flowers in late spring which are followed by berries. Gaultheria require a moist, acid soil in shade to grow well. Ha... more...


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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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Hypericum

Hypericum (St. John's Wort)

Hypericums are a group of herbaceous perennials and deciduous shrubs usually with yellow flower in late summer and early autumn and often followed by colourful fruits. Hypericums grow well in most soils in sun or shade. They are usually hardy to a... more...



Iberis

Iberis (Candytuft)

Iberis are dwarf shrubs suitable for an alpine border. They bear white flowers in spring which completely cover the plant. Foliage is evergreen and dark green. Iberis require a sunny site on well-drained soil to grow. They are hardy to about zone 4. more...


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Lampranthus

Lampranthus (Ice plant)

Lampranthus are tender succulent perennials bearing bright daisy like flowers over a long. They can be used effectively as summer bedding. Lampranthus require full sun and a very well-drained soil, coping well with dry conditions. more...


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Lavandula

Lavandula (Lavender)

Lavandula, or Lavender are very well known small shrubs grown for their plentiful supply of flowers and scented foliage. Flowers are borne throughout summer in colours of blue, purple, pink or white. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and b... more...



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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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...



Potentilla nepalensis 'Miss Willmott' (Cinquefoil)

Potentilla nepalensis 'Miss Willmott' is a herbaceous perennial bearing flat, five-petaled, pink flowers. Flowers are borne sporadically from late spring through to early autumn. Potentillas will grown on any reasonable soil which is not too wet. ... more...



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...



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...



Skimmia

Skimmia

Skimmias are small evergreen shrubs with dark green leaves. They bear heads of white flowers in early spring usually preceded by red buds. In female varieties these are followed by clusters of red berries. Skimmias prefer a moist, acid, fertile so... more...



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...



Achillea

Achillea (Yarrow, Milfoil)

Achilleas are perennials with finely cut foliage and broad heads of flowers in shades of yellow, pink, red or white. Flowers are borne from early summer to early autumn. Achilleas grows well in most soils but prefers a sunny site. more...


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Aconitum (Aconite, Monkshood)

Aconitums are perennials bearing distinctive hooded flowers. Flowers are usually in shades of blue and are borne from early to late summer. The roots are poisonous. Aconitums require fertile soil in full sun or light shade. They are best if mulche... more...



Agapanthus

Agapanthus (African lily)

Agapanthus are perennials with sword shaped leaves and ball shaped heads of either blue or white lily-like flowers. Flowers are borne from mid summer to early autumn. Agapanthus grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Old clumps can be div... 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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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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Alchemilla

Alchemilla (Lady's mantle)

Alchemillas are tough perennials bearing clusters of sulphur-yellow flowers throughout summer. They are useful as cut flowers. Alchemillas will grow in most soils where not waterlogged and in sun or shade. more...



Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)

Alstroemeria are evergreen perennials bearing lily-like flowers in shade of pink, yellow, orange and red throughout summer. They are popular as cut flowers. Alstroemeria require a sheltered, sunny position and fertile well drained soil. Some types... more...


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Aquilegia

Aquilegia (Columbine, Granny's bonnets)

Aquilegias are short lived perennials bearing usually bell-shaped, spurred flowers held above the foliage. Flowers come in colours of pink, white, blue, yellow, red and even purple-black. Flowers are borne from mid spring to early summer. Some var... 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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Asphodeline

Asphodeline

Asphodelines are perennials which produce spikes of yellow flowers during summer. They require a site in full sun on soil which is not too fertile. more...


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Aster (Michaelmas daisy)

Asters are a large group of often autumn flowering perennials and annuals. The daisy-like flowers come in shades of blue, purple, pink and white. Many varieties are suitable as cut flowers. Asters will grow in any reasonable soil in full sun to li... more...



Astrantia (Masterwort)

Astrantias are perennials with interestingly shaped flowers which are useful in dried flower arrangements. Flower in shades of pink, mauve and white are displayed throughout summer. Astrantias will grow in any well-drained soil in a sunny position. more...