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.
MORE COMING SOON. 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. ex 2 litre pot.
This is the classic Mimosa tree, known for its fragrant fluffy bright yellow flowers in the spring, but very lovely at any time of year with its feathery ferny foliage which is evergreen. Quickly forms a spectacular small tree. Sheltered sunny spot. Neutral to acid soil. COLLECTION OR LOCAL DELIVERY ONLY, DUE TO SIZE.
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.
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.
READY SOON. 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.
COMING SOON. 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...
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.
The bottlebrush tree, but in miniature, is what we have here. A compact little chap, with evergreen leaves densely clothing the stems, along which appear clusters of the vibrant red mini-bottlebrushes in early summer. Sunny sheltered spot. Neutral to acid well drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
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.
Or, perhaps more easily pronounced, the Indian Bean Tree. Forms a rounded, rather umbrella-shaped tree with spectacularly large heart-shaped leaves up to a foot long. If you wait long enough, it will, when mature, produce frilly foxglove-like flowers in late summer. Open sunny position. Moist but well drained soil. Prune to keep preferred size. 2 litre pot.
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...
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.
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.
READY SOON. 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!
READY SOON. We saw this a few years ago and though 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...
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.
READY SOON. 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.
READY SOON. 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.
READY SOON. 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.
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.
This season sees a re-introduction for this outstandingly good evergreen shrub. The spreading branches are clothed all year round with small bronze-tinged leaves but are joined in early to mid summer in profusion by double deep red flowers. Really has the wow factor. Fertile well drained soil. Sun or semi-shade. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
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.
COMING SOON. Syn. Aloysia Triphylla. The leaves of this small woody shrub have the most extravagant aroma when rubbed – best described as lemon sherbert. In summer loose sprays of purplish white flowers appear at the tips of the stems. Can be grown outdoors or indoors. Sunny spot. Any well drained, even dry, soil. To 5 feet.
READY EARLY SUMMER 2013. 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.
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...
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.
This shrub just about has it all. The foliage is variegated, green, gold and creamy white, so looks attractive all season. In early summer it is smothered in large, pure white flowers with one of the best scents around. What more could you ask for? Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. To 8 feet. 3 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....
A beautiful evergreen shrub with lance-shaped leaves that start out flame-red, then mutate through pink, cream and white before achieving their mature green. In mid to late spring showy trusses of white flowers make it even more spectacular. Best colour with some shade. Moist but well drained, preferably acid, soil. To 7 feet. 2 litre pot.
COMING SOON. A much sought-after dwarf variety, slow growing but worth being patient with. It forms a rounded specimen with light green new leaves, which soon develop a chocolaty purple colour. Evergreen – and with honey-scented, if insignificant, flowers! Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
Now this is a lovely small evergreen shrub, reaching a mere 2 feet, but its branches like outstretched arms are clothed in tiny glossy green leaves that release a delightful scent when brushed against, and summer sees them covered in white flowers with purple-dotted centres. Full sun. Moist but well drained soil. 2 litre pot.
In our opinion, definitely the best of the dark leaved cultivars. The virtually black foliage is delicately dissected so it does look like filigree lace. When the flattish heads of delicate pink flowers appear in summer, it’s quite perfect. Keep it pruned to the size you like. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. Can reach 6 to 8 feet. 2 litre...
The most confusing thing about Christmas box is spelling its name! It is a compact evergreen shrub with dark very glossy leaves which really comes into its own in the depths of winter when the fragrant white flowers decorate its branches over a long period. Prefers some shade. Moist but well drained soil. 3 feet +
Sometimes called ‘false spiraea’ because of the similar shape of leaf, this shrub really does ring the changes in colouration through the seasons, with its pinnate leaves going through shades of pink, red, bronze and fresh green. White summer flowers, too, just as a bonus. Sem is a little gem. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. Around 4 feet....
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