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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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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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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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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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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...



Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are dense, deciduous bushes bearing very large flowers heads throughout summer. Flower heads are either 'mophead' with a large rounded flower cluster, or 'lacecap' with a center of smaller flowers surrounded by larger four petaled flowe... more...


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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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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold' is a compact shrub grown for its bright yellow deciduous foliage. During winter it shows off it's stems which have light brown peeling bark. Flowers are pink-tinged and borne in late spring. Physocarpus will g... more...



Potentilla

Potentilla (Cinquefoil)

Potentillas are a popular group of deciduous shrubs and perennials bearing flat, five-petaled flowers in colours ranging from red, yellow and orange to white and sometimes pink. Flowers are borne sporadically from late spring through to early autu... more...


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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...



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...


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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...


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Vaccinium

Vaccinium and evergreen and deciduous shrubs including ornamental varieties as well as fruit bearing types such as blueberry and cranberry. Ornamental varieties are grown for their fruits and colourful autumn foliage rather than their small flower... more...



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...



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...



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...


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Anthemis

Anthemis

Anthemis are perennials with finely divided leaves and masses of daisy like flowers from late spring to late summer. Grow Anthemis in full sun in well-drained soil. They can be short lived unless divided each spring. 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...



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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Astilbe chinensis (False goats beard)

Astilbe chinensis is a summer flowering perennial. The magenta-pink flowers are borne in feathery spikes above the foliage and continue to look good once dried brown through winter. Astilbes prefer a fertile soil which does not dry out. They flowe... more...


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Campanula

Campanula (Bellflower)

Campanulas are a large group of perennials including many suitable for the rockery. All have bell shaped flowers in shades of blue and white. Campanulas grow in any well-drained soil in full sun. more...


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Centaurea

Centaurea (Knapweed, Perennial cornflower)

Centaureas are perennials with purple thistle-like flowers borne throughout summer. Grow centaureas in well-drained soil, even poor soil in full sun. more...


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Cimicifuga

Cimicifuga (Bugbane)

Cimicifuga is a hardy perennial which is grown for its spikes of white or cream bottlebrush flowers held above deeply divided foliage. The foliage often has good autumn colour. Cimicifuga will grow well in any reasonable soil which is not too dry ... more...



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...



Coreopsis

Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis are hardy perennials bearing yellow daisy like flowers throughout summer. Coreopsis grow in any reasonable soil in full sun. more...


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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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Dicentra spectabilis

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding hearts)

Dicentra has wonderful and unique flowers, each one looking like a pink heart which has been split at the bottom with the white contents dripping out, giving them the very appropriate common name of bleeding hearts. The flowers hang from arching s... more...



Doronicum

Doronicum (Leopard's bane)

Doronicums are useful spring flowering perennials with bright yellow daisy like flowers borne above clumps of green heart shaped foliage. Doronicums grow best in moist, acidic soil in full sun to part shade. more...


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Draba

Drabas are small, low growing rockery perennials. They bear small yellow or pink flowers in spring. Drabas require a sunny site in well-drained, gritty soil and protection from winter wetness. more...