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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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Berberis

Berberis (Barberry)

Berberis is a group of shrubs grown for their spring flowers and often berries and coloured foliage. Many berberis have thorny stems or spikey leaves making them useful for hedging to deter intruders. They may be deciduous or evergreen depending o... 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...


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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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Callicarpa dichotoma

Callicarpa dichotoma (American beauty berry)

Callicarpa dichotoma is a deciduous shrub grown for its berries which are borne on bare stems. It has small pink flowers during summer which are followed by the brightly coloured fruits. Fruits are a pink to violet colour. It grows in most well-dr... more...


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Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' (Bottlebrush)

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' is an evergreen shrub grown for its unusual flowers. The flowers (actually flower clusters) resemble a bottle brush due to their long brightly red stamens. Callistemons are not terrible hardy, only surviving up to ... more...


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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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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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Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Japonica, Flowering quince)

Chaenomeles are hardy shrubs (zone 5) which bear their flowers from mid-winter to mid-spring, often on bare stems. Flowers come in white, pink and red and are followed by edible fruits which can be made into jam. Foliage is deciduous and dark gree... more...


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Choisya ternata 'Sundance' (Mexican Orange Blossom)

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' is an evergreen shrub grown for it's oval, glossy, leaves which are coloured pale yellow. The plant forms a dense bush about five feet (1.5m) high. In spring they bear small white flowers. Choisyas are hardy to about zon... 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...


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Cotinus (Smoke bush, Venetian sumach)

Cotinus are deciduous shrubs grown for their often brightly coloured foliage and unusual fluffy purple flowers which make the bush look like it is covered in smoke. Flowers are borne in mid to late summer. Cotinus requires a hot dry spot to flower... 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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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...



Deutzia

Deutzias are deciduous shrubs which put on an impressive display of flower in late spring, but can look dull out of flower. Deutzias will grow in any fertile, well drained soil in sun or light shade. They are hardy to about zone 6. Cut back curren... 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...



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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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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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...



Forsythia

Forsythia

Forsythias are tough, deciduous, shrubs renowned for their display of yellow flowers on bare stems during spring. They look especially good grown as a spring flowering hedge. Forsythias are hardy up to zone 5 and will grow on any well-drained soil... more...


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Gardenia

Gardenia

Gardenias are evergreen shrubs with glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers from winter to spring. Gardenias prefer light shade and fertile well drained soil which is not alkaline. 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...


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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...


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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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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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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...


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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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Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica

Kerrias are deciduous shrubs which bear yellow flowers, on bare green stems, in spring. Flowers are single in the species but are often double in hybrids. Kerrias will grow in any reasonable garden soil in sun or light shade. They are hardy to aro... more...


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