All the species described should be reliably hardy in this part of the country, unless otherwise indicated. Plants...More
A graceful evergreen shrub of arching habit, bearing clusters of slightly fragrant pink-tinged white flowers from summer into autumn. The leaves have a golden yellow edge on this variety. Prefers a sunny sheltered spot. Fertile well drained soil. 5 feet.
Now this is fun. A new compact form of abutilon originally raised in Australia with a lovely bushy habit and a proliferation of open bell shaped flowers in a beautiful shade of peachy orange or, as the name would suggest, tangerine. As it is sterile, it just keeps on blooming pretty much from late spring through to the autumn. Likes the sun. Moist but...
The hardiest of these lovely shrubs, it grows well against a wall or free-standing in a sheltered spot. The large saucer-shaped light mauve flowers are borne profusely in summer, offset by large greyish-green rather felted leaves. Any reasonably fertile well drained soil. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
We are probably as much in the dark about this one as you are, as it is new to us! Essentially A. Dealbata, but not getting so tall, which might help in sheltering it from those winter winds that acacias dislike. From the state of Victoria in Australia, where it grows in large stands on poor soil. Sun or semi-shade. Most soils, including fairly dry ones....
Very different again is this species, which has long willow-like leaves of a bluish grey-green colour and the distinction of flowering off and on throughout the year. Sheltered spot or try it in as a conservatory shrub. Neutral to acid soil. COLLECTION OR LOCAL DELIVERY ONLY, DUE TO SIZE. 2 litre pot.
An evergreen shrub of arching habit which will amaze and delight you from spring into summer with its clusters of pink urn-shaped flowers with striking crimson veining just like some particularly exotic kind of chinese lantern. It will need protection from sub-zero temperatures, but it's worth the effort. Prefers a little shade. Moist but well drained...
A lovely small tree whose acacia-like ferny leaves are delightful in themselves, with the added bonus of fluffy clumps of rosy pink flowers when planted in a sunny sheltered spot. Can be grown against a wall. Deciduous. Any well drained soil. To 20 feet. 2 litre pot.
A charming little evergreen or semi-evergreen sub-shrub from the Cape province of South Africa with airy lobed foliage and from mid-summer to autumn, lots of little flowers like a miniature hibiscus in pink with magenta centres. Give it a sunny sheltered spot. Any well drained soil. To about 3 feet or a little more. 2 litre pot.
There are a lot of berberis to be had, but we think this is one of the very best: the foliage (deciduous, alas) is a glowing pink when young, maturing to deepest pink with creamy variegations. Little sprays of white flowers provide a final touch in summer. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 3 feet.
Known in America as the firecracker bush, it's easy to see why, as this erect little shrub bears dense clusters of fiery scarlet tubular flowers which positively glow on the darkest day. Pretty much a non-stop flowering machine, it's hard not to love it. Sheltered sunny spot. Moist but well drained soil. 30 in. 2 litre pot.
DWARF! Now most people (and butterflies) like buddleia, but it can get a bit too big for the average garden. Problem solved – this cheerful little chap only gets to around 18 inches, comes into flower earlier than traditional varieties and keeps going. Nice shade of magenta as billed. Really good in a pot. Sun or semi-shade. 18 in. Any well drained soil.
DWARF! Now most people (and butterflies) like buddleia, but it can get a bit too big for the average garden. Problem solved – this cheerful little chap only gets to around 18 inches, comes into flower earlier than traditional varieties and keeps going. Really good in a pot. Sun or semi-shade. 18 in. Any well drained soil. 2 litre pot.
A twist on the common Buddleia Davidii, being a cross between that and B. Globosa. The result is a shrub with spectacular flowering spikes made up of rounded clusters in a glorious shade of yellow from summer into autumn. Scented and loved by butterflies. Full sun. Most soils. To 12 feet. 2 litre pot.
Lots of interest is provided by this charming deciduous shrub. Leaves are bronzy purple in spring and autumn, green in summer. Tiny pink flowers produce shiny pinky-lilac jewel-like berries that remain through the winter. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile well drained soil. To 6 feet.
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. Now this is a rather lovely variety of bottlebrush native to Australia, with a nicely rounded, slightly arching habit and willow-like evergreen leaves. The striking flowers, which appear in late spring into summer, are a refreshingly original shade of soft pink. The park superintendent of Perth named it after the city. Sunny...
Why is this shrub, Californian allspice to its friends, so seldom seen over here? We don’t know, because it is an attractive shrub with lance-shaped leaves and wonderfully scented deep red flowers that look like miniature water lilies. Sun or semi-shade. Likes moist rich soil. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
A cross between Chilopsis and Catalpa and rarely seen is this large shrub or small tree. The leaves are dark green and lance-shaped, but it is the large pink azalea-like flowers that will stop you in your tracks in late summer. Full sun needed to flower well. Any reasonable soil.To 15 feet.
Justifiably popular evergreen shrubs that have multi-fingered glossy leaves and - in early and often again in late summer – profuse clusters of honey-scented white flowers. Ternata has green foliage, Sundance is golden yellow. Enjoys the sun. Fertile well drained soil. 5 to 6 feet.
From the United States, where it is known as the sweet pepper bush, this delightful variety is more compact than the species (C. Alnifolia) at about 3 feet high and wide. The glossy greeen foliage is nice, but its big moment is those 6 weeks in mid to late summer when it is covered in white flower spikes like so many clove-scented candles. Sun or...
A fabulous strikingly variegated cordyline with burgundy leaves edged in cerise pink and the advantages of being quick to establish and having proved very winter hardy for such a fancy variety. That said, we would keep it in a big pot in its early years at least or give it a nice sheltered position. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 8 feet. 2...
Commonly known as the Smoke Bush, on account of its fluffy plumes of flowers in the summer, but very worthwhile apart from that, due to the plummy purple hue of its leaves, which turn scarlet red in the autumn. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 15 feet. 2 litre pot.
Another fabulous shrub from Chile, brought to this country in the mid 19th century. Commonly called the lantern tree on account of the clusters of pendent urn-shaped flowers which are a brilliant carmine red and dangle from long stalks from early to mid-summer. The dark green foliage is narrow, glossy and leathery in appearance. Sun or semi-shade. Well...
This plant sells on sight in early summer, when the branches are smothered with clusters of scented pure white flowers. It’s perhaps even lovelier in the time just before the tight little buds burst forth into blossom. Certainly worth a place in the garden. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile soil, not too dry. 3 feet.
This one is relatively new to cultivation and lives up to its name when, in May and June, deep red buds open up to white flowers which are strongly flushed with strawberry pink. It can get to 5 feet but is easily kept to 3 feet by pruning after flowering. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile soil, not too dry. 2 litre pot.
An absolutely delightful evergreen shrub, also known as the mountain pepper, which deserves to been seen more often than it is, with its beautiful rich red stems and glossy dark green leaves. In spring it bears clusters of white flowers. Give it a sheltered position. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 8 feet. 2 litre pot.
Take your pick with this handsome exotic-looking evergreen shrub – it is equally happy in a conservatory or in the garden. Huge glossy leaves look good all year round and, in autumn, it has interesting ball-shaped clusters of white flowers. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. Will get to 10 feet + if you let it!
We saw this a few years ago and thought wow! Now we are growing it and still think wow! Think Fatsia Japonica with heavy splashing and marbling of creamy white to the glossy fingered leaves ands you've got it. The variegation is variable but that makes it all the more interesting, we think. Likes some shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 6 feet. 9cm...
Yes, you can eat your own figs! Grow on a sunny wall or as a small tree in a sheltered spot: small fruit form in autumn and overwinter to ripen the following year. The large divided leaves are lovely in themselves. Fertile, moist but well drained soil. 6 feet +. 2 litre pot.
This is the Chinese Parasol tree which will ultimately make a rounded medium sized tree around 30 feet in height. The bark is an unusual greenish colour but its star turn is the large lobed leaves up to a foot across. Small greenish white flowers appear in summer. Sun or semi-shade in a sheltered spot. Any reasonable soil. 2 litre pot.
Hardy enough, but still best to keep in a pot just in case! Gorgeous glossy dark evergreen foliage, nice enough in itself, but gardenia comes into own when, through the summer, the intensely fragrant, starry, pure white flowers appear. Partial shade. Neutral to acid soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
A gem indeed, from Australia, which looks graceful throughout the year thanks to its soft needle-like dark green foliage which is slightly aromatic. From early spring into summer clusters of tubular peachy red flowers are borne along the branches. Full sun in a sheltered position. Acid to neutral soil. To 6 feet.
SORRY, SOLD OUT FOR 2014. Yes, it is fully hardy. Yet the saucer shaped and sized (10 to 12 inch) ruffled white flowers with dark crimson centres that keep coming from mid-summer to autumn, accentuated by the coppery orange foliage might suggest otherwise. Does best in warm summers. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 3 feet + 2 litre pot.
Hibiscus Syriacus forms a largish shrub which, over a long period, is covered in large saucer shaped flowers. Pink Giant, as the name suggests, has large clear pink flowers and a strong upright habit. Sunny position. Moist but well drained soil. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
Hibiscus Syriacus forms a largish shrub which, over a long period, is covered in large saucer shaped flowers. Red Heart has white flowers with vivid red centres, Sunny position. Moist but well drained soil. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
A very distinctive form of St John’s Wort with bright golden yellow foliage. Clusters of the classic yellow flowers add to the attractions during the summer. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. Stays compact at no more than 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
Closely related to digitalis, the Canary Island Foxglove, as it is known, is in fact an evergreen shrub with dark green lance-shaped and almost leathery leaves in whorls around the branching stems. From early summer onwards it has tall flowering spikes clothed with tubular flowers best described as golden apricot in colour. Rare and beautiful, it needs to...
Why you don’t see these lovely shrubs more often is a puzzle. They offer terrific value all year round with the changing colours of their evergreen foliage. Rainbow is an elegant arching specimen with variegated leaves and hanging trusses of creamy flowers in early summer. Prefers some shade and fertile acid soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
The trick with this one is the changing hues of red which flush the dark green evergreen leaves in the various seasons. Autumn and winter can see it looking like some darkly burning bush. Very spectacular, a lovely dense shrub. Shady spot. Fertile acid soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
An interesting upright shrub with a hint of the bamboo about it whose tall stems are clothed in ovate golden yellow leaves which are reddish when young. Contrast is provided through much of the season by hanging purple bracts with white flowers followed by red berries. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 6 feet. 2 litre pot.
SORRY, SOLD OUT FOR 2014. An uncommon and highly desirable low growing evergreen shrub with maroon-tinted leaves and plummy pink new growth. When the spidery bright pink flowers appear in spring and again later in the year, it is quite unlike anything else! Sheltered spot. Moist but well drained soil.
A splendidly architectural shrub with leathery deep green 2-foot leaves composed of pairs of serrated leaflets. Glorious in winter when erect sprays of fragrant yellow flowers appear over a long period. Prefers some shade. Rich moist but well drained soil. Up to 10 feet ultimately. 2 litre pot.
Rarer, smaller and hardier than Melianthus Major, this version of the honey bush has serrated leaves that smell of hazelnuts or peanut butter, as you prefer, and maroon flowers with chocolate bracts followed by curious inflated seed pods. Very distinctive. Sunny sheltered spot. Moist but well drained soil. 3 to 5 ft. 2 litre pot.
Another of those rather neglected plants, but definitely worth rescuing from obscurity. It is known as Heavenly Bamboo as the new growth is upright and like slender canes of bamboo. The young foliage is reddish, becoming green, but the whole shrub takes on shades of red in autumn and winter. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 3 feet +. 2...
This lovely shrub came to us from its native China in the early 20th century but is still seen in gardens less frequently than it deserves to be. The toothed foliage is bronzy in spring and deep red in autumn, but the chief attraction in late spring and early summer is the profuse racemes of coral pink flowers which decorate this rounded bushy shrub. Sun...
Rather holly-like because of the shape of the leaves, but much more interesting and less spiky! The young growth is bronzish, then becomes splashed with green and creamy yellow shades. Forms a lovely fairly compact evergreen bush. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile well drained soil. To 6 feet. 2 litre pot.
Let this beauty grow full tree-sized and you will find out why it’s called the Foxglove Tree. Or, cut it back hard every spring and it will quickly grow back to 6 feet and amaze you with huge dinner-plate sized leaves. It’s your choice! Full sun. Fertile well drained soil. To 30 feet. 2 litre pot.
SORRY, SOLD OUT FOR 2014. A really arresting sight when you see an established clump in full bloom, this is a beautiful and very tough sub-shrub boasting silvery grey foliage and masses of foot-long purplish blue flowering spikes through the summer. It’s hard not to like it. Prefers a sunny spot. Any well drained soil. To 4 feet. 2 litre pot.
A handsome devil, indeed, with his lobed leaves of darkest purple, which really give this shrub real presence. Extra interest is provided by the reddish young stems and domes of white flowers that emerge from pink buds. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained, preferably acid, soil. 6 feet +. 2 litre pot.
This compact evergreen shrub will provide interest all year round. Early spring sees bunches of white lily of the valley shaped flowers followed by clusters of bright red new leaves. These turn pink then dark green but retain a silvery edging that makes them really stand out. A little star. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained, preferably acid, soil....