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Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia x grandiflora

A vigorous, rounded, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub with arching stems bearing ovate, glossy, dark green leaves and panicles of fragrant, funnel-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers from midsummer into autumn.

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

A compact, rounded, semi-evergreen, shrub with arching branches bearing glossy, yellow and green variegated leaves turning shades of orange and red in autumn and, in summer, fragrant, funnel-shaped, white flowers.

Abelia x grandiflora 'Sherwoodii'

Abelia x grandiflora 'Sherwoodii'

A compact, rounded to spreading, semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub with arching branches bearing glossy, dark green leaves flushed purple and bronze in winter. Fragrant, white to pale pink flowers from summer into autumn.

Acacia dealbata 'Gaulois Astier' (Mimosa)

Acacia dealbata 'Gaulois Astier' (Mimosa)

A bushy, evergreen shrub with divided grey-green leaves and clusters of scented yellow flowers. Height 25m (82ft), Spread 7m (23ft).

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple)

A deciduous, slow-growing large shrub or small tree with red-purple foliage that turns a brilliant red in autumn. Needs a sheltered position. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' (Japanese Maple)

A small deciduous tree with dark, red-purple foliage and red fruits. The colour is retained throughout summer with little change in the autumn. Height 5m (16ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' (Japanese Maple)

An attractive, slow-growing upright bushy shrub. Leaves emerging fresh orange becoming lemon-yellow with orange-tinted margins and tips. Autumn colour golden-yellow. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku' (Coral Bark Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku' (Coral Bark Maple)

Deciduous shrub or small tree with orange-yellow leaves in spring, turning to green in summer against bright red stems. The leaves turn canary yellow in autumn before leaving bare red stems over winter.

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' (Japanese Maple)

A compact, upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous tree or shrub with deeply divided, palmately lobed foliage that is red in spring, red-maroon in summer and ruby red in autumn.

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' (Japanese Maple)

A rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree with deeply cut palmate leaves with rolled margins. Leaves are deep red-purple in spring, greener in summer, and orange-red in autumn. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry)

Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry)

A deciduous large shrub or small tree with oblong leaves turning golden in autumn. White flowers in spring followed by edible fruit changing from red to black in autumn. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy Mespilus)

Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy Mespilus)

An upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with spreading branches bearing dark green leaves, bronze when young and turning orange & red in autumn. White flowers in mid-spring are followed by purple-black fruit.

Arbutus unedo (Pink Strawberry Tree)

Arbutus unedo (Pink Strawberry Tree)

A slow-growing, evergreen, bushy shrub with rough bark and dark green leathery leaves. Rosy-pink flowers appear in autumn in panicles as the red, strawberry-like fruits, from the previous years flowers also ripen.

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (Wormwood)

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (Wormwood)

A compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with finely divided, silvery-grey leaves and narrow panicles of insignificant, dull yellow flowers in summer. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' (Spotted Laurel)

Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia' (Spotted Laurel)

A bushy, dense, evergreen shrub with large leaves blotched with dark yellow, and small purple flowers, followed by bright red berries when pollinated. Male. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Ballota pseudodictamnus (False Dittany)

Ballota pseudodictamnus (False Dittany)

A low-growing dwarf evergreen shrub with rounded, fine white-furry leaves and stems and small pink flowers in whorls toward the stem tips, with large pale green calyces. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Berberis darwinii (Darwin's Barberry)

Berberis darwinii (Darwin's Barberry)

A vigorous, dense, upright, evergreen shrub with glossy, oblong, spiny, dark green leaves and pendant racemes of dark orange flowers in mid and late spring, sometimes again in autumn, followed by round, blue-black fruit.

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'

A small spreading shrub with red-purple leaves in summer turning bright red in autumn. Produces small, pale yellow flowers in spring and dark red berries in autumn. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' (Japanese Barberry)

Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' (Japanese Barberry)

A vigorous, dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with ovate, reddish-purple to bronze-red leaves turning red in autumn and racemes of red-flushed, pale yellow flowers in mid-spring followed by elliptic, glossy, red fruit.

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow'

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow'

A dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with oblong to ovate, reddish-purple leaves, marbled pink and white when young. Umbel-like racemes of small, yellow flowers blooming along the branches in spring are followed by red fruit.

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpureum 'Admiration'

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpureum 'Admiration'

A small, compact, rounded deciduous shrub with yellow-edged purple-red leaves, pale pink flowers in summer & crimson berries and leaves in autumn. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 30cm (1ft).

Berberis x stenophylla (Golden Barberry)

Berberis x stenophylla (Golden Barberry)

A vigorous, medium-sized, evergreen shrub with arching branches bearing linear, spiny, dark green leaves. Racemes of deep yellow flowers bloom along the branches in late spring, followed by round, blue-black fruit.

Betula nana 'Golden Treasure' (Dwarf Birch)

Betula nana 'Golden Treasure' (Dwarf Birch)

A compact, rounded, deciduous shrub with toothed or scalloped, glossy, bright yellow-green leaves in spring turning golden yellow in summer. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight' (Butterfly Bush)

Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight' (Butterfly Bush)

This variety has rich, deep purple flowers held in chunky racemes in midsummer. Flowers from July to September. A fast growing plant, for best results prune back in March. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Buddleja davidii 'Butterfly Candy Little Purple'

Buddleja davidii 'Butterfly Candy Little Purple'

A compact, rounded, deciduous shrub with upright stems bearing woolly, grey-green leaves &, from early summer into autumn, dense panicles of lightly fragrant, purple flowers with magenta eyes. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Buddleja davidii 'Butterfly Candy Little Ruby'

Buddleja davidii 'Butterfly Candy Little Ruby'

A compact, rounded, deciduous shrub with upright stems bearing lance-shaped, pointed, woolly, grey-green leaves and, from early summer into autumn, dense panicles of pink-red flowers. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Buddleja davidii 'Empire Blue' (Butterfly Bush)

Buddleja davidii 'Empire Blue' (Butterfly Bush)

A large, deciduous, fast-growing shrub with arching branches, lance-shaped leaves, and long panicles of scented pale-blue flowers from July to September. For best results prune back in March. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Buddleja davidii 'Pink Delight' (Butterfly Bush)

Buddleja davidii 'Pink Delight' (Butterfly Bush)

A medium-sized deciduous shrub with arching branches, lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and slender panicles of pink flowers from early summer to early autumn. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Buxus sempervirens (Common Box)

Buxus sempervirens (Common Box)

A large, but extremely slow-growing, evergreen shrub. The small, glossy oval leaves form a dense mass, with inconspicuous, yellowish flowers in late spring.

Callicarpa 'Pearl Glam' (Beautyberry)

Callicarpa 'Pearl Glam' (Beautyberry)

A compact, upright, deciduous shrub with ovate to elliptic, tapered, purple-flushed, dark grey-green leaves turning yellow in autumn and cymes of white flowers in late summer followed by glossy, bright purple-pink fruit.

Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii 'Profusion'

Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii 'Profusion'

A deciduous shrub with purple tinted young foliage, turning to green in summer & aquiring pink tints in autumn. Small, pale purple flowers in summer followed by eye-catching, metallic, bright purple berries in autumn.

Camellia japonica 'Lady Campbell'

Camellia japonica 'Lady Campbell'

A vigorous, compact, upright, evergreen shrub with oval, glossy, dark green leaves and double, rose-form, red flowers in late winter and early spring. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Camellia japonica 'Silver Anniversary'

Camellia japonica 'Silver Anniversary'

A vigorous, upright, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and white, semi-double flowers with yellow centres blooming in late winter and early spring. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Camellia x williamsii 'Jury's Yellow'

Camellia x williamsii 'Jury's Yellow'

A compact evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves and medium-sized white flowers with yellow centres. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Ceanothus 'Concha' (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus 'Concha' (Californian Lilac)

A dense, evergreen shrub with arching branches, narrow, dark green leaves and clusters of deep blue flowers in late spring and early summer. An excellent wall shrub. Plant in a warm, sunny site. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Ceanothus 'Delight' (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus 'Delight' (Californian Lilac)

A vigorous, bushy, wide, evergreen shrub with oblong, glossy, dark green leaves and rounded panicles of dark blue flowers in spring. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 5m (16ft).

Ceanothus 'Italian Skies' (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus 'Italian Skies' (Californian Lilac)

A medium-sized, evergreen shrub with small, glossy dark green leaves and compact conical clusters of small, bright blue flowers in late spring. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Ceanothus 'Zanzibar'

Ceanothus 'Zanzibar'

A low growing, evergreen shrub with gold and green variegated leaves and mid-blue flowers in summer. Best in full sun. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Ceanothus arboreus 'Autumnal Blue' (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus arboreus 'Autumnal Blue' (Californian Lilac)

A medium-sized evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and compact long trusses of blue flowers. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point'

Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point'

A vigorous, wide-spreading, borderline hardy, evergreen shrub with small, oval, glossy, veined, dark green leaves, grey-green beneath, and clusters of deep blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

Ceanothus impressus 'Puget Blue' (Santa Barbara Ceanothus)

Ceanothus impressus 'Puget Blue' (Santa Barbara Ceanothus)

A vigorous, spreading, evergreen shrub with oblong, deeply veined, dark green leaves and clusters of dark blue flowers in mid- to late spring. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark' (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark' (Californian Lilac)

A dense, evergreen shrub with arching branches bearing narrow, dark green leaves and clusters of dark blue flowers in spring and early summer.

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens

An evergreen, low-growing shrub with fluffy, powder-blue flowers throughout summer on an attractive carpet of waxy dark green foliage. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Ceanothus x delileanus 'Gloire de Versailles'

Ceanothus x delileanus 'Gloire de Versailles'

A fast-growing, medium-sized deciduous shrub of rounded habit, with broad oval, light green leaves, and large panicles of scented light-blue flowers throughout summer. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Ceratostigma griffithii (Burmese Plumbago)

Ceratostigma griffithii (Burmese Plumbago)

A semi-evergreen, woody sub-shrub with attractive, bristly foliage outlined in purple-brown, clusters of blue flowers in late summer and autumn, and good autumn colour. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

A bushy, spreading, deciduous shrub with lance-shaped, dark green leaves turning red in autumn and clusters of vivid cobalt-blue flowers from late summer to early autumn. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Hot Fire' (Japanese Quince)

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Hot Fire' (Japanese Quince)

A bushy, deciduous shrub with arching, thorny branches bearing glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of scarlet flowers in spring before or as the leaves emerge. Flowers are sometimes followed by edible, yellow fruit.

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis' (Japanese Quince)

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis' (Japanese Quince)

A mid-sized, upright deciduous shrub with ovate green leaves. In late winter to early spring, it bears pure white, cup-shaped flowers on bare branches, followed by yellow fruits in autumn.

Chaenomeles x superba 'Crimson and Gold' (Japanese Quince)

Chaenomeles x superba 'Crimson and Gold' (Japanese Quince)

A short, wide, spiny shrub with glossy leaves and deep crimson flowers with golden stamens, often followed by scented yellow fruit in autumn. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' (Mexican Orange Blossom)

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' (Mexican Orange Blossom)

A medium sized evergreen shrub with glossy bright yellow leaves that have a distinctive aroma & clusters of fragrant white flowers from May to June. Prefers a sunny site. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom)

Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom)

An evergreen shrub with glossy green foliage and fragrant white flowers in late spring, often followed by a second flush in autumn. Plant in a sheltered position in sun or shade.

Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Gold' (Mexican Orange)

Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Gold' (Mexican Orange)

A dense, bushy, rounded, evergreen shrub with palmate, linear, golden yellow to yellow-green leaves and small clusters of fragrant, white flowers in spring and early summer, and again in autumn. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Choisya x dewitteana 'White Dazzler' (Mexican Orange)

Choisya x dewitteana 'White Dazzler' (Mexican Orange)

A dense, compact, evergreen shrub with palmate, linear, dark green leaves and fragrant, white flowers in early spring and again in autumn. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cistus x corbariensis (Rock Rose)

Cistus x corbariensis (Rock Rose)

A dense, bushy, frost hardy, evergreen shrub with ovate, wavy, dark green leaves and, in summer, crimson-tinted buds opening to white flowers with yellow stamens. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens' (Rock Rose)

Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens' (Rock Rose)

A small evergreen shrub with narrow, sticky leaves and white flowers with a crimson blotch at the base of each petal. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset' (Rock Rose)

Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset' (Rock Rose)

A low, compact, spreading evergreen shrub with small sage grey-green leaves and clusters of papery, yellow-centred, rose-pink flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Cistus x purpureus (Rock Rose)

Cistus x purpureus (Rock Rose)

A compact, rounded evergreen shrub with narrowly oblong or lance-shaped, slightly wavy, dark green leaves and, in summer, deep purple-pink flowers with maroon blotches at the base of each petal. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Convolvulus cneorum (Silverbush)

Convolvulus cneorum (Silverbush)

A compact evergreen shrub with narrow, silky, silvery leaves and in summer, funnel-shaped white flowers, flushed pink in bud. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Cordyline australis 'Red Comet'

Cordyline australis 'Red Comet'

An evergreen shrub with long, sword-shaped, striking dark red leaves, good for growing in pots and tubs. Requires some protection from frost. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cordyline australis 'Red Star'

Cordyline australis 'Red Star'

An evergreen shrub with striking bronze red foliage, a lovely structural looking plant, good for growing in pots and tubs. Requires protection from frost. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler' (Cabbage Tree)

Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler' (Cabbage Tree)

An exotic evergreen with masses of strap-like pointed leaves, brightly striped cream and green. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft) in ten years. Half hardy.

Cordyline australis (Manx Palm)

Cordyline australis (Manx Palm)

An architectural, palm-like, evergreen tree with long, sword-shaped, leathery leaves and large panicles of fragrant, creamy flowers in summer. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Siberian Dogwood)

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Siberian Dogwood)

A medium deciduous shrub producing a dense thicket of slender red stems, turning an even brighter crimson during the winter. Green leaves from spring, turning red in autumn and cream flowers in summer.

Cornus alba (Red-Barked Dogwood)

Cornus alba (Red-Barked Dogwood)

A striking plant which produces a thicket of bare bright red stems red in winter. It thrives on a damp site. It produces fragrant flowers in little domed creamy white clusters. Good for autumn colour.

Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree)

Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree)

A compact, rounded, deciduous tree bearing green leaves with broad, creamy-white margins and flat clusters of small, cream flowers in early summer followed by spherical, blue-black fruit. Height & Spread 8m (26ft).

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' (Dogwood)

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' (Dogwood)

A spreading, deciduous shrub with yellow and orange-red juvenile shoots and ovate, mid-green leaves turning red in autumn. Dense, flat cymes of small white flowers in summer followed by spherical, blue-black fruit.

Cornus sanguinea (Common Dogwood)

Cornus sanguinea (Common Dogwood)

An upright, deciduous shrub with green leaves turning deep-red in autumn. Its young shoots are reddish in winter. It bears small white flowers in summer followed by black berries in autumn. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea' (Golden Dogwood)

Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea' (Golden Dogwood)

A deciduous shrub with yellow-olive green stems, very effective in winter, especially when planted with a red stemmed variety. Ideal for moist/wet sites. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Correa 'Marian's Marvel' (Australian Fuchsia)

Correa 'Marian's Marvel' (Australian Fuchsia)

A tender, spreading, evergreen shrub with reddish-brown stems bearing oval, dark green leaves and clusters of tubular, pink flowers with wide, yellow or bright green petal margins. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (Corkscrew Hazel)

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (Corkscrew Hazel)

A deciduous shrub grown for it's unusual twisted branches. Striking long, yellow catkins in winter. Stems are good for flower arranging. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Lady' (Smoke Bush)

Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Lady' (Smoke Bush)

A wide, bushy, deciduous shrub with upright stems bearing ovate, yellow-green leaves, red-flushed, golden-yellow in spring and turning orange in autumn. Feathery panicles of green flowers bloom in summer.

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Purple Smoke Bush)

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Purple Smoke Bush)

A striking large shrub with dark foliage made up of rounded, deep purple leaves turning red in autumn and large, feathery, panicles of pink flowers in summer. Height & Spread 5m (16ft).

Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty'

Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty'

A dense, mound-forming, evergreen shrub with arching branches, small, glossy dark green leaves, white to pale pink flowers in early summer followed by bright orange-red berries. An excellent ground cover plant.

Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster)

A fast-growing evergreen shrub with small, rounded leaves on long, trailing stems and small white flowers, followed by bright red berries. An excellent ground cover plant. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Cotoneaster franchetii

Cotoneaster franchetii

A hardy, evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub, with oval grey-green foliage which is white underneath and pink tinged white flowers in early summer followed by small bright orange berries.

Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia' (Tree Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia' (Tree Cotoneaster)

A large, semi-evergreen shrub with dark-green leaves. It bears white flowers in summer followed by bright red berries in autumn. Height & Spread 8m (26ft).

Cotoneaster horizontalis (Wall Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster horizontalis (Wall Cotoneaster)

A small deciduous shrub with small, glossy leaves turning red-orange in autumn arranged on herringbone-like branches and pink-flushed flowers followed by red berries. Excellent for growing up against a wall.

Cotoneaster microphyllus

Cotoneaster microphyllus

A small, spreading, evergreen shrub with tiny, rounded, glossy leaves and white flowers in spring and early summer followed by red berries. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens'

Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens'

A spreading, hardy, evergreen shrub with dark green, glossy leaves. Clusters light red flowers in summer are followed by round, dark red berries in late summer/early autumn.

Crinodendron hookerianum (Chile Lantern Tree)

Crinodendron hookerianum (Chile Lantern Tree)

A large, half-hardy, evergreen shrub, with narrow, dark green leaves producing vibrant, red, unusual lantern-shaped flowers along the branches in spring and summer. Height 8m (26ft), 4m (13ft).

Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold' (Broom)

Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold' (Broom)

A small, graceful, deciduous shrub with small, mid-green leaves that are silky when young and masses of bright-yellow flowers in late spring. Will grow in poor, dry soil in full sun. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cytisus x praecox (Broom)

Cytisus x praecox (Broom)

A small, deciduous shrub with small, mid-green leaves and cascading, pale creamy-yellow flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' (Nepalese Paper Plant)

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' (Nepalese Paper Plant)

A semi-evergreen, medium-sized shrub with leathery, glossy leaves, and highly fragrant purple-pink and white flowers in late winter, followed by black berries. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Dicksonia antarctica (Australian Tree Fern)

Dicksonia antarctica (Australian Tree Fern)

An evergreen tree fern with a thick reddish-brown, fibrous trunk which is crowned with large, arching, palm-like, dark-green fronds. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Drimys lanceolata (Mountain Pepper)

Drimys lanceolata (Mountain Pepper)

An upright, aromatic, evergreen shrub with purplish-red shoots, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, pale yellow or white flowers in mid-late spring followed by round, black fruit in autumn.

Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata' (Spotted Oleaster)

Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata' (Spotted Oleaster)

A bushy, evergreen shrub with glossy yellow leaves narrowly edged green. It has spiny branches and bears small, fragrant, silvery-white flowers in autumn followed by brown fruits that turn red.

Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight' (Oleaster)

Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight' (Oleaster)

A hardy evergreen shrub. The leaves start green and develop yellow and pale-green central blotches as they mature. Produces small white flowers in autumn and is good for winter colour. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Maryline' (Oleaster)

Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Maryline' (Oleaster)

A dense, rounded, medium-sized evergreen shrub bearing broadly ovate, creamy yellow leaves with irregular dark green margins. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Elaeagnus x ebbingei (Silverberry)

Elaeagnus x ebbingei (Silverberry)

A large, dense, rounded to spreading, evergreen shrub with elliptic, leathery, dark or metallic sea-green leaves, silvery beneath, and pendent clusters of small, fragrant, creamy-white flowers in autumn.

Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' (Wallflower)

Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' (Wallflower)

An upright, bushy evergreen perennial with narrowly lance-shaped, dark grey-green leaves and erect racemes of mauve to purple flowers from late winter into summer. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Erysimum 'Golden Gem' (Alpine Wallflower)

Erysimum 'Golden Gem' (Alpine Wallflower)

A compact, bushy, semi-evergreen biennial or short-lived perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and short, erect racemes of yellow flowers in spring and early summer. Height & Spread 20cm (8in).

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'

A compact, evergreen shrub with small, glossy dark green leaves. It bears small pink and white flowers from early summer. Height & Spread 2.5m (5ft).

Escallonia 'Edinensis'

Escallonia 'Edinensis'

An evergreen shrub with pendulous branches and dark green, glossy leaves. It bears saucer-shaped, pinkish-red flowers in early and mid-summer. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Escallonia 'Golden Carpet'

Escallonia 'Golden Carpet'

A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub with glossy, ovate, toothed, golden yellow leaves turning bright green to yellow-green in autumn. Dense, upright panicles of tubular, red flowers bloom in summer.

Escallonia rubra var. macrantha

Escallonia rubra var. macrantha

A vigorous, evergreen shrub. Tubular, dark, rose-crimson flowers are set amidst large, glossy, dark green leaves. Makes a wonderful dense hedge. Withstands sea gales. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider Gum)

Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider Gum)

A large evergreen tree with peeling cream and brown bark. Pendulous sprays of round, bright glaucous-blue leaves when young, turning grey-green with age and clusters of small white flowers.

Euonymus europaeus (Spindle)

Euonymus europaeus (Spindle)

A large, deciduous shrub with green stems and dark green leaves, turning turn blazing scarlet in autumn and winter. Produces masses of rose-red fruit capsules. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'

A spreading, dwarf, evergreen shrub with bright golden-variegated foliage tinged bronze pink in autumn & winter. Suitable for sun or partial shade. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'

Dwarf evergreen shrub. Leaves have creamy white margins. A lovely and useful shrub that can be used as ground cover, or be trimmed as a bush. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Euonymus japonicus 'Aureopictus' (Japanese Spindle)

Euonymus japonicus 'Aureopictus' (Japanese Spindle)

A dense, bushy, evergreen shrub with oval, glossy, dark green leaves with a central golden mark. Small green flowers bloom in summer and are occasionally followed by fruit in autumn. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Euonymus japonicus 'Bravo' (Japanese Spindle)

Euonymus japonicus 'Bravo' (Japanese Spindle)

A dense, bushy, evergreen shrub bearing oval, toothed, leathery, glossy, dark to grey-green leaves with broad, irregular, yellow margins that fade to cream with age. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Euonymus japonicus 'Elegantissimus Aureus'

Euonymus japonicus 'Elegantissimus Aureus'

A dense, evergreen shrub with oval dark green leaves which have a wide yellow margin to the edge of the leaf. Small greenish white flowers. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Euonymus japonicus 'Green Spire' (Japanese Spindle)

Euonymus japonicus 'Green Spire' (Japanese Spindle)

A compact, strongly upright, evergreen shrub with small, oval, glossy dark green leaves, bright green when young. Small, insignificant green flowers in summer are occasionally followed by fruit in autumn.

Euonymus japonicus 'Paloma Blanca' (Japanese Spindle)

Euonymus japonicus 'Paloma Blanca' (Japanese Spindle)

A compact, dense, evergreen shrub with upright stems bearing glossy, dark green leaves, greenish-white when young in spring. Small, insignificant green flowers in late spring or early summer. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Euryops pectinatus

Euryops pectinatus

A tender, vigorous, evergreen shrub with upright shoots, pinnately-dissected, hairy, grey-green leaves and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers on long stalks from early summer to mid-autumn. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Euryops pectinatus 'Silver Star'

Euryops pectinatus 'Silver Star'

An evergreen shrub with upright shoots, pinnately-dissected, hairy, silvery grey-green leaves and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers on long stalks from early summer to mid-autumn. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride' (Pearlbush)

Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride' (Pearlbush)

A rounded, deciduous shrub with arching branches bearing oblong, light green leaves and short racemes of small white flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese Aralia)

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese Aralia)

A bushy, rounded, suckering, evergreen shrub with leathery, glossy, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves, heavily speckled creamy-white. Clusters of small white flowers in autumn are followed by black fruit.

Fatsia japonica (False Castor Oil/Japanese Aralia)

Fatsia japonica (False Castor Oil/Japanese Aralia)

An evergreen shrub with large, deeply lobed, dark green leaves. Milky white flower heads in September & October. Frost Hardy. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood'

Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood'

A deciduous shrub with erect branches. It produces an abundance of yellow flowers on bare stems in spring. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Fuchsia 'Genii'

Fuchsia 'Genii'

A compact shrub with golden-yellow foliage and light-pink and purple flowers in summer and autumn. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'

Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'

A vigorous, upright, deciduous shrub with red-flushed stems bearing ovate, toothed, dark green leaves and, from summer into autumn, flowers with horizontal to upright, red sepals and dark purple corollas.

Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb'

Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb'

A compact, upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves and, from summer into autumn, small, flowers with reddish-pink sepals and mauve to purple, single corollas. Height & Spread 30cm (1ft).

Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea'

Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea'

A robust, erect, deciduous shrub with arching branches, small, yellow-green leaves and single, red and purple flowers blooming from summer to autumn.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Versicolor'

Fuchsia magellanica 'Versicolor'

A hardy, arching deciduous shrub with small, cream-edged leaves and single, crimson and purple flowers in summer and autumn. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' (Silk Tassel)

Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' (Silk Tassel)

A vigorous, upright, bushy, dense, evergreen shrub with ovate to elliptic, leathery, wavy-margined, dark green leaves and long, pendent, dense, silver-grey male catkins from mid-winter to early spring. Male.

Genista x spachiana (Easter Broom)

Genista x spachiana (Easter Broom)

An evergreen shrub with small, dark green leaves and very fragrant small yellow flowers in late winter and early spring. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Geranium crispum (Lemon-Scented Geranium)

Geranium crispum (Lemon-Scented Geranium)

A clump-forming perennial, with fragrant, lobed, crinkled, grey-green leaves and clusters of small light pink flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Grevillea 'Canberra Gem' (Spider Flower)

Grevillea 'Canberra Gem' (Spider Flower)

A vigorous, bushy, rounded, evergreen shrub with hairy stems, rigid, linear, mid-green leaves, hairy beneath and clusters of dark pink flowers from late winter to late summer. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Grevillea juniperina 'New Blood' (Spider Flower)

Grevillea juniperina 'New Blood' (Spider Flower)

A small, compact, evergreen shrub with narrowly linear to narrowly lance-shaped, sharp-pointed, mid- to dark green leaves and pendent racemes of bright red flowers from late spring into summer.

Grevillea rosmarinifolia 'Jenkinsii' (Spider Flower)

Grevillea rosmarinifolia 'Jenkinsii' (Spider Flower)

A rounded, evergreen shrub with stiff, narrow, bright-green leaves that have silky hairs beneath. It bears short, dense clusters of pink and cream tubular flowers from late winter to summer.

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' (Witch Hazel)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' (Witch Hazel)

A large, vigorous, deciduous shrub with broad leaves which turn reddish or yellow in autumn, and fragrant, bright-yellow flowers in late winter. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' (Witch Hazel)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' (Witch Hazel)

A large, deciduous shrub with an open habit whose green, oval leaves turn red and yellow in autumn. It bears deep orange-red flowers in mid and late winter. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' (Witch Hazel)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' (Witch Hazel)

A large, spreading, deciduous shrub with broad green leaves turning red and yellow in autumn. It bears coppery-orange flowers in late winter. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' (Witch Hazel)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' (Witch Hazel)

A large, spreading, deciduous shrub with broad, oval, bright green leaves that turn yellow in autumn and lightly scented, bright sulphur-yellow flowers in late winter. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Hebe 'Oratia Beauty'

Hebe 'Oratia Beauty'

A compact, vigorous, bushy, evergreen shrub with broadly lance-shaped to elliptic, dark green leaves and, in summer, dense racemes of pink buds opening to white flowers. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Hebe 'Pink Paradise'

Hebe 'Pink Paradise'

A dwarf, compact, evergreen shrub that has small, light green, spear-shaped leaves, with reddish edges on it's new growth, and clusters of pink flowers in spring and summer. Height & spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Hebe 'Spender's Seedling'

Hebe 'Spender's Seedling'

A small hardy evergreen shrub with narrow foliage and sprays of white fragrant flowers over a long period during the summer months. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Hebe 'Wiri Cloud'

Hebe 'Wiri Cloud'

A compact, rounded, bushy, evergreen shrub with mid-green leaves and, in summer, pink flowers that fade to pale pink with age. Grow in well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Hebe 'Wiri Image'

Hebe 'Wiri Image'

A bushy, compact, evergreen shrub with violet flowers, fading with age. The main flowering flush is early summer, but there are occasional bursts of colour at other times of the year too.

Hebe albicans

Hebe albicans

A very neat evergreen shrub which forms a rounded dome of attractive grey-blue foliage. Small clusters of white flowers appear in midsummer. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Hebe albicans 'Red Edge'

Hebe albicans 'Red Edge'

A compact shrub forming a dome of grey-blue foliage. During winter foliage is edged red-purple. New growth is purple in spring followed by white flowers in May. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Hebe carnosula

Hebe carnosula

A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub with upright stems bearing small, oval, concave, yellow-margined, grey-green leaves and terminal clusters of pink buds opening to white flowers in summer. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Hebe odora 'Wintergreen'

Hebe odora 'Wintergreen'

An attractive upright, bushy, evergreen shrub with small, narrow dark green leaves. White flowers are produced during the summer. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei'

Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei'

This very low growing, spreading evergreen shrub has small, oval leaves that are blue-grey in colour. Small spikes of white flowers appear from late spring to early summer. Height 30cm (1ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Hebe pinguifolia 'Sutherlandii'

Hebe pinguifolia 'Sutherlandii'

A small dense evergreen shrub with small, narrow grey-green leaves. Clusters of white flowers appear in early summer. Height 30cm (1ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Hebe rakaiensis

Hebe rakaiensis

A dense, rounded Hebe that creates a dome of small pale green foliage. In June and July, it is covered in white flowers, held on short stems which adds to the compact form. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hebe topiaria

Hebe topiaria

A small, dense evergreen, with small silver-green leaves and white flowers during early and mid summer. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Hebe vernicosa

Hebe vernicosa

A compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves and racemes of small white-pale lilac flowers in early summer. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Helleborus 'Anna's Red' (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus 'Anna's Red' (Lenten Rose)

A bushy, clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, silver-marbled, dark green leaves and upright, dark red stems bearing cup-shaped, deep reddish-purple flowers from late winter into spring.

Helleborus 'Star of Passion' (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus 'Star of Passion' (Lenten Rose)

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial with palmate, toothed, leathery, dark green leaves and, in winter, beautiful saucer-shaped, nodding, burgundy flowers. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam'

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam'

A clump-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial bearing leathery, dark green leaves with prominent silver-grey veins & saucer-shaped, white flowers from late winter to spring that gardually turn pink & then red.

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine'

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine'

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves, sometimes with silver veining and pink tones, & from late winter to late spring, upright stems bearing cup-shaped, white-pink flowers.

Helleborus x hybridus Lady Series (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus Lady Series (Lenten Rose)

A semi-evergreen, herbaceous perennial with leathery, green leaves & cup-shaped, single flowers from late winter to mid-spring in shades of white, cream, dark red, purple-black and metallic blue-black, sometimes speckled.

Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn)

Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn)

A wind resistant, deciduous shrub with narrow, silvery foliage and thorns. Flowers are insignificant, and may be followed by orange berries. This is a good plant for coastal situations. Height & Spread 8m (26ft).

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

A small, bushy deciduous shrub with broadly-ovate, dark green leaves and very large, spherical heads of white flowers in summer. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Hydrangea arborescens 'Ruby Annabelle'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Ruby Annabelle'

A bushy, rounded, deciduous shrub with upright stems bearing dark green leaves and, from early summer to early autumn, large, dense, rounded clusters of reddish-pink flowers turning yellow-green with age.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Strong Annabelle'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Strong Annabelle'

A small, bushy deciduous shrub with broadly-ovate, dark green leaves and, in summer, strong stems bearing extremely large, spherical heads of flowers that emerge lime green, turning pure white as they mature.

Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate' (Rough-Leaved Hydrangea)

Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate' (Rough-Leaved Hydrangea)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with velvety, purple-flushed, dark green leaves, reddish-purple beneath, and flattened clusters of violet-blue buds open to pink flowers from midsummer to early autumn.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue'

A deciduous, upright shrub with glossy, serrated, dark green leaves and flattened heads of blue flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Punk' (Mophead Hydrangea)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Punk' (Mophead Hydrangea)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub bearing dark green leaves and large, spherical clusters of pale cream flowers that become vivid pink from early summer to early autumn. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink'

A decidous, upright, spreading shrub with green, ovate, serrated leaves and large domes of pink and white, serrated edge, lace-cap flowers in summer. Requires acidic soil to achieve the pink colour.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Red Reggae' (Mophead Hydrangea)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Red Reggae' (Mophead Hydrangea)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub bearing broadly ovate, toothed, veined, dark green leaves and large, spherical clusters of deep pink-red flowers from early summer to early autumn. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Red'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Red'

A deciduous, upright shrub with glossy, serrated, dark green leaves and flattened heads of red flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Soft Pink Salsa'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Soft Pink Salsa'

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub bearing broadly ovate, toothed, veined, dark green leaves and large, spherical clusters of pale pink flowers from early summer to early autumn. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Teller Blue' (Lace-Cap Hydrangea)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Teller Blue' (Lace-Cap Hydrangea)

A decidous, upright, spreading shrub with green, serrated leaves and blue lace-cap flowers in acidic soils from summer to autumn. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'White' (Mophead Hydrangea)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'White' (Mophead Hydrangea)

A deciduous, upright shrub with glossy, serrated, dark green leaves and flattened heads of white flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

A compact, mound-forming, deciduous shrub with pointed, dark green leaves turning dull yellow in autumn and, from midsummer into autumn, large, domed panicles of white flowers turning pale pink to pale purple with age.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Confetti' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Confetti' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with ovate, pointed, veined, mid-green leaves and, from midsummer into autumn, large, conical panicles of green buds opening to fragrant, white flowers, flushed pink with age.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

An upright, deciduous shrub with slightly glossy, dark-green, ovate leaves. From late summer to mid-autumn it bears slender, conical flowerheads of creamy-white florets. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

An upright, deciduous shrub with slightly glossy, dark-green, ovate leaves. From late summer to mid-autumn it bears slender, conical flowerheads which are lime-green to creamy-white.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Fresco'

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Fresco'

A dwarf deciduous shrub with narrowly oval-shaped, dark green leaves with finely serrated edges. Densely packed cones of flowers open white and are tinted with pink as they age. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

A compact, upright, rounded, deciduous shrub with ovate, pointed, dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn and, from midsummer into autumn, large, domed panicles of light green flowers turning pink with age.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' (Paniculate Hydrangea)

A vigorous, upright to spreading, deciduous shrub with ovate, pointed, dark green leaves and, from midsummer into autumn, large, conical panicles of creamy-white flowers that turn pink with age.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Silver Dollar'

Hydrangea paniculata 'Silver Dollar'

A compact, bushy, upright, deciduous shrub with ovate, dark green leaves. From late summer to mid-autumn it bears dense, rounded, broadly conical panicles of white flowers that turn slightly pink with age.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise'

Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise'

A vigorous, upright to spreading, deciduous shrub with ovate, pointed, mid-green leaves and, in summer, large, conical panicles of white flowers that turn rose-pink and then deep red with age. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)

Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)

A climbing, self-clinging deciduous perennial forming large clusters of white lacecap-style hydrangea flowers in summer. Ideal for a shady north wall. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak-Leaved Hydrangea)

Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak-Leaved Hydrangea)

A deciduous shrub with large, deeply lobed leaves which are flushed red and purple in autumn and large cream florets in summer and autumn. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Hypericum 'Miracle Blossom' (St John's Wort)

Hypericum 'Miracle Blossom' (St John's Wort)

A compact, deciduous, rounded, semi-evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and shallow, cup-shaped, rich golden-yellow flowers from early summer into autumn followed by peachy-pink fruits. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Hypericum calycinum (Rose of Sharon/St John's Wort)

Hypericum calycinum (Rose of Sharon/St John's Wort)

A fast-growing, spreading, semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub with lance-shaped leaves and yellow flowers throughout summer into early autumn. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Hypericum patulum 'Hidcote' (St. John's Wort)

Hypericum patulum 'Hidcote' (St. John's Wort)

A small, bushy, semi-evergreen shrub with narrowly ovate, dark-green leaves. In summer and autumn it bears saucer-shaped, bright-yellow flowers with orange anthers followed by bright-red fruits in autumn.

Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' (Holly)

Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' (Holly)

An upright, compact, large bush or small tree with narrow, evergreen, glossy, deep-green, spiny foliage. In summer it has tiny white, inconspicuous flowers and produces red berries from autumn until early spring.

Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' (Holly)

Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' (Holly)

A very large evergreen conical shrub or small tree with spiny green leaves edged with cream, flushed pink when young. Small white flowers in spring are followed by bright red berries in autumn.

Ilex aquifolium 'Ferox Argentea' (Silver Hedgehog Holly)

Ilex aquifolium 'Ferox Argentea' (Silver Hedgehog Holly)

A large, bushy, evergreen shrub with purple young shoots. Its small, green leaves are edged creamy-white and are spiny on their upper surface as well as their margins. In spring & summer it bears small, dull white flowers.

Ilex aquifolium 'Ingramii' (Holly)

Ilex aquifolium 'Ingramii' (Holly)

A slow-growing, dense, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves with a broad, irregular, speckled, cream margin and, in late winter and early spring, bright pink-purple shoots. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' (Holly)

Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' (Holly)

A broadly conical, female evergreen shrub or small tree with almost spineless, glossy, dark green leaves. White flowers in late spring & early summer followed by bright red berries in autumn & winter.

Ilex aquifolium (Common Holly)

Ilex aquifolium (Common Holly)

A slow-growing, dense, evergreen hedging shrub with dark green, very spiny leaves. Female plants will produce berries provided there is a male nearby. Can be used as a shrub or a tree growing up to 6m (20ft).

Ilex crenata 'Convexa' (Japanese Holly)

Ilex crenata 'Convexa' (Japanese Holly)

A small, bushy evergreen shrub with small, glossy, mid-green, convex leaves. In spring and summer it bears small, dull white flowers, followed, in autumn, by black berries.

Ilex mutchagara 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Ilex mutchagara 'Nellie R. Stevens'

A fast-growing evergreen shrub with toothed, dark green leaves and large crops of bright red berries during the winter. Self-pollinating. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King' (Holly)

Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King' (Holly)

A small, bushy evergreen tree or shrub with dark-green leaves margined with bright yellow. In spring and summer it bears small, dull-white flowers. In autumn and winter it bears sparse, brownish-red berries. Female.

Ilex x koehneana 'Chestnut Leaf' (Holly)

Ilex x koehneana 'Chestnut Leaf' (Holly)

A large, evergreen shrub of conical habit, with yellowish-green leaves which are regularly spined. In spring it bears small, white flowers, followed, in autumn, by large, red berries. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Maid' (Blue Holly)

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Maid' (Blue Holly)

A vigorous, conical, evergreen shrub or small tree with oval, glossy, spiny, dark blue-green leaves and clusters of insignificant, white flowers in spring followed by bright red fruit. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' (Blue Holly)

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' (Blue Holly)

A vigorous, dense, evergreen shrub that has oval, glossy, spiny, dark blue-green foliage, and purple-green young branches. Produces an abundance of red berries in autumn and winter. Female.

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'

A vigorous deciduous shrub with sharply toothed bright green leaves and large double, golden yellow flowers in mid- to late spring. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Laurus nobilis (Bay Tree)

Laurus nobilis (Bay Tree)

A large, evergreen shrub or small tree with aromatic, evergreen leaves. Its leaves can be used to flavour cooking but should be discarded rather than consumed.

Lavandula angustifolia 'Alba' (Lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Alba' (Lavender)

A compact, evergreen shrub with dense, aromatic, grey-green foliage producing erect stems of white flowers throughout the summer. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Lavandula angustifolia 'Dwarf Blue' (English Lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Dwarf Blue' (English Lavender)

A compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with upright stems bearing linear, grey-green leaves and dense spikes of small, strongly fragrant, purple-blue flowers in summer. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Lavandula angustifolia 'Felice' (English Lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Felice' (English Lavender)

A compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with linear, aromatic, grey-green leaves, and slender, upright stems bearing terminal spikes of fragrant, light purple-blue flowers in summer. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (English Lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (English Lavender)

A compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with linear, silver-grey leaves and upright stems bearing dense spikes of fragrant, purple flowers in summer. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (English Lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (English Lavender)

A compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with upright stems bearing linear, grey-green leaves and dense spikes of small, strongly fragrant, purple-blue flowers in summer. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea'

Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea'

A bushy, compact, evergreen shrub with linear, grey-green leaves and dense spikes of pale pink flowers borne on long stalks in mid to late summer.

Lavandula angustifolia 'Vera' (English Lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Vera' (English Lavender)

A bushy, compact evergreen shrub with narrow, grey-green leaves. In summer it bears spikes of fragrant, deep blue-purple flowers. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Lavandula stoechas 'Papillon' (French Lavender)

Lavandula stoechas 'Papillon' (French Lavender)

A compact, frost hardy, evergreen shrub with linear, aromatic, grey-green leaves and small, round purple flowerheads tipped with large, lighter purple bracts. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender)

Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender)

A compact, evergreen shrub with linear, aromatic, grey-green leaves and small, round purple flowerheads tipped with large, lighter purple bracts. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Lavatera x clementii 'Burgundy Wine' (Tree Mallow)

Lavatera x clementii 'Burgundy Wine' (Tree Mallow)

A vigorous, semi-evergreen, medium-sized shrub with lobed, grey-green, downy leaves. From summer until autumn, it has saucer-like, dark purple-pink flowers. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black' (Brass Buttons)

Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black' (Brass Buttons)

A cushion to mat-forming, spreading, evergreen perennial with finely-divided, purple-bronze or black-flushed, dark green leaves and insignificant yellow-green flowers from mid-spring to midsummer.

Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask' (Tea Tree)

Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask' (Tea Tree)

A dense, mid-sized, evergreen shrub with narrow, dark-green leaves. From late spring to summer it bears long-lasting, deep-red, fully double flowers very freely. Likes any well drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Leucothoe 'Zeblid' (Dog Hobble)

Leucothoe 'Zeblid' (Dog Hobble)

A dwarf evergreen shrub with copper and green foliage in winter and bright red new growth throughout summer and occassional white spring flowers. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Libertia 'Taupo Sunset'

Libertia 'Taupo Sunset'

A clump-forming perennial with attractve, narrow leathery leaves which are striped in shades of green, yellow, orange and purple-red. Clusters of pale flowers in late spring. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 30cm (1ft).

Ligustrum jonandrum (Privet)

Ligustrum jonandrum (Privet)

An evergreen, rounded shrub with dark green foliage and creamy white flowers throughout spring. It produces small, black berries in autumn.

Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum' (Golden Privet)

Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum' (Golden Privet)

A large, evergreen shrub with a dense covering of shiny, oval, yellow leaves with a central green splodge. In summer, it bears small panicles of creamy-white flowers that may be followed by small black berries in autumn.

Lonicera fragrantissima (Shrubby Honeysuckle)

Lonicera fragrantissima (Shrubby Honeysuckle)

A bushy, spreading, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub bearing dark green leaves with blue-green undersides and, in winter and early spring, fragrant, tubular, creamy-white flowers followed by dull red berrries.

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'

A small, dense, evergreen shrub with tiny, ovate, yellow leaves which become greenish-yellow in shade. In spring it bears tiny cream flowers and in autumn pale-violet berries are sparsely produced.

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'

A small, dense, evergreen shrub with small, ovate, green leaves with a golden edge. In spring it bears tiny cream flowers and in autumn pale-violet berries are sparsely produced. Hardy and ideal for ground cover.

Lonicera nitida 'Tidy Tips' (Box Honeysuckle)

Lonicera nitida 'Tidy Tips' (Box Honeysuckle)

A compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with tiny, ovate, glossy, mid-green leaves, flushed red in autumn and winter, and insignificant white flowers in spring followed by sparsely produced, purple-black fruit.

Lonicera nitida (Wilson's Honeysuckle)

Lonicera nitida (Wilson's Honeysuckle)

A dense, bushy, evergreen shrub with ovate to broadly ovate, glossy, dark green leaves, lighter beneath. Tubular, creamy white flowers borne in the leaf axils in spring are followed by glossy, purple-blue fruit.

Lonicera pileata (Box-Leaved Honeysuckle)

Lonicera pileata (Box-Leaved Honeysuckle)

A dense, spreading, evergreen shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves and long, funnel-shaped, creamy-white flowers in late spring followed by purple berries. Forms an excellent evergreen mound.

Loropetalum chinense 'Black Pearl' (Chinese Fringe Flower)

Loropetalum chinense 'Black Pearl' (Chinese Fringe Flower)

A rounded, bushy, evergreen shrub with oval to ovate, purple-flushed, dark green leaves and fragrant, spider-like, deep rose-pink flowers in late winter or early spring. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum 'Fire Dance'

Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum 'Fire Dance'

A mid-sized, bushy, evergreen shrub with bronze-flushed, dark green foliage and fragrant, spider-like, pink flowers appearing in late winter to early spring. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Magnolia 'Daybreak'

Magnolia 'Daybreak'

A small, deciduous tree with ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves and a profusion of large, rose-pink flowers in mid-late spring as the leaves emerge. Height 10m (32ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Magnolia 'Felix Jury'

Magnolia 'Felix Jury'

An upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate, mid- to light green leaves and large, bright reddish-pink flowers as or before the leaves emerge in spring. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 7m (23ft).

Magnolia 'Galaxy'

Magnolia 'Galaxy'

A small, conical, deciduous tree, grown for its large, purple-pink flowers that open on bare stems from darker buds in spring. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 8m (26ft).

Magnolia 'Heaven Scent'

Magnolia 'Heaven Scent'

A vigorous, small, deciduous tree with dark green leaves and, in spring and summer, rose-pink flowers that fade to pale pink with a magenta central stripe on the outside. Height & Spread 12m (39ft).

Magnolia 'Livingstone'

Magnolia 'Livingstone'

A rounded, deciduous tree with oblong to ovate, dark green leaves and tulip-shaped, purple-pink flowers in mid-spring before the leaves emerge. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 6m (20ft).

Magnolia 'Peachy'

Magnolia 'Peachy'

A spreading, deciduous tree with oblong to ovate, dark green leaves and fragrant, cup-shaped, orange-red flowers, creamy-white on the inside, in mid-spring before the leaves emerge. Height & Spread 10m (32ft).

Magnolia 'Shirazz'

Magnolia 'Shirazz'

A rounded, deciduous tree with large bowl-shaped, rich burgundy-red flowers, creamy-white within, that bloom throughout spring. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 5m (16ft).

Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia)

Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia)

A slow-growing, hardy, small tree or large shrub with grey furry buds and pure white, star shaped flowers in early spring. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Magnolia wilsonii 'Eileen Baines'

Magnolia wilsonii 'Eileen Baines'

A bushy, deciduous large shrub or small tree with green leaves and, in early spring, large, fragrant, double white flowers with a strongly contrasting dark coloured centre. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'

Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'

A large, vigorous, conical, deciduous tree with ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves and goblet-shaped, yellow flowers that bloom as the leaves emerge in spring. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 8m (26ft).

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)

A deciduous shrub or multi-stemmed tree with large, dark green leaves that turn yellow to brown in autumn. The deep rose-pink or pure white, saucer-shaped flowers are produced in spring, before and with the new leaves.

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

A compact, evergreen shrub bearing pinnate leaves with dark green leaflets and, from mid-autumn into winter, arching to spreading racemes of lightly fragrant, bright yellow flowers followed by blue-black berries.

Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' (Oregon Grape)

Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' (Oregon Grape)

An evergreen shrub with spiny, dark green leaves. Fragrant, yellow flowers are produced in large, erect racemes from late winter. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Mesembryanthemum argenteus (Livingstone Daisy)

Mesembryanthemum argenteus (Livingstone Daisy)

A low-growing, vigorous, evergreen shrub with succulent, grey-green foliage and pale salmon-pink flowers. An excellent plant for poor, dry soils. Height 30cm (1ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Flower)

Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Flower)

A borderline hardy, woody, loosely climbing to spreading, evergreen shrub with ovate, toothed, leathery, glossy dark green leaves and, from late spring into autumn, lobed, tubular to urn-shaped, orange to scarlet flowers.

Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' (Heavenly Bamboo)

Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' (Heavenly Bamboo)

A small evergreen shrub with yellow-green leaves, turning orange and red in autumn and winter, and small, white flowers, arranged in panicles in summer. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Nandina domestica 'Magical Lemon Lime' (Heavenly Bamboo)

Nandina domestica 'Magical Lemon Lime' (Heavenly Bamboo)

A compact, upright to rounded, evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub bearing pinnate, dark green leaves with lance-shaped leaflets, bright green to yellow-green when young. This cultivar does not flower or bear fruit.

Nandina domestica 'Twilight' (Heavenly Bamboo)

Nandina domestica 'Twilight' (Heavenly Bamboo)

An upright, bushy, evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub bearing bright pink leaves when young, turning white-splashed, dark green before turning all green by summer. Tiny, white flowers in late spring and early summer.

Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)

Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)

A small evergreen shrub with an upright 'bamboo-like' form. Purplish leaves in spring and winter and small, white flowers in large panicles followed by red berries. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Olea europaea (Olive)

Olea europaea (Olive)

A round headed tree. The leaves are coloured unsurprisingly olive-green and silvery on their underside. Small white flowers in summer and these are followed by olives, green at first & ripening to black.

Olearia macrodonta (Australian Holly)

Olearia macrodonta (Australian Holly)

An evergreen shrub with prickly, grey-green leaves that have white underneath & a profusion of large clusters of daisy-like, white flowers in summer. Excellent for screening or as a hedge shrub. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Olearia paniculata

Olearia paniculata

A bushy shrub with attractive, light green wavy or crinkly foliage and very small, fragrant, white flowers. Good for coastal planting. Can be used for hedging and very easy to trim. Height 5m (16ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Olearia virgata (Twiggy Tree Daisy)

Olearia virgata (Twiggy Tree Daisy)

A large, evergreen shrub with dark silvery grey-green leaves, densely white-felted beneath. Clusters of small, fragrant, daisy-like flowers bloom along the branches in summer. Excellent for hedging in coastal regions.

Olearia x haastii

Olearia x haastii

An upright, evergreen shrub with small, deep green, glossy leaves that are white felted on the undersides. In summer it is smothered with daisy-like, fragrant flowers. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Tricolor' (False Holly)

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Tricolor' (False Holly)

A compact, rounded, evergreen, slow-growing shrub with holly-like, cream-marbled, dark green leaves, flushed pink when young, & clusters of small, fragrant flowers from late summer into autumn. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' (Holly Olive)

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' (Holly Olive)

A slow-growing evergreen shrub with Holly-like leaves edged creamy-white and small, white, fragrant flowers in late summer, often followed by black fruits.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

A slow-growing, neat evergreen shrub with lustrous green leaves and small, fragrant, white flowers are produced in spring, followed by black berries in autumn.

Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge)

Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge)

A low-growing, evergreen sub-shrub forming rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves with serrated edges and upright clusters of tiny, white flowers in early summer. It is useful for growing under trees.

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Houki' (Tree Peony)

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Houki' (Tree Peony)

A clump-forming perennial shrub with divided, deep green leaves that turn bronze and purple in autumn. In late spring, it bears large, sweetly fragrant, double, ruby-red flowers with golden stamens.

Philadelphus 'Lemoinei' (Mock Orange)

Philadelphus 'Lemoinei' (Mock Orange)

A compact, upright, deciduous shrub with arching branches bearing ovate, mid- to dark green leaves and racemes of strongly fragrant, cup-shaped, white flowers with yellow centres in summer. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Philadelphus 'Silver Showers' (Mock Orange)

Philadelphus 'Silver Showers' (Mock Orange)

A deciduous dense, hardy, compact shrub covered in a profusion of strawberry-scented pure white flowers in spring on it's gracefully arching branches. Height 1.2m (4ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Philadelphus 'Virginal' (Mock Orange)

Philadelphus 'Virginal' (Mock Orange)

A vigorous, deciduous shrub with oval, dark-green leaves and strongly scented, double white flowers in mid-summer. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Philadelphus coronarius (Mock Orange)

Philadelphus coronarius (Mock Orange)

A large deciduous upright shrub with mid-green, ovate leaves and heavily scented creamy-white bowl-shaped flowers in late-spring to early-summer. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Phormium 'Apricot Queen' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium 'Apricot Queen' (New Zealand Flax)

An evergreen, clump-forming perennial with leathery, spiky leaves that are striped peachy-yellow and deep apricot, with green margins. An excellent architectural plant. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Phormium 'Evening Glow' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium 'Evening Glow' (New Zealand Flax)

An evergreen perennial forming a clump of strap-shaped leaves that are predominately red with pink, bronze and purple variegations. Its foliage is upright and gently arching. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Phormium 'Jester' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium 'Jester' (New Zealand Flax)

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial with linear, upright, pink leaves with bright green margins and, on occasion, tubular, dull red flowers borne on erect stems in summer.

Phormium 'Platts Black' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium 'Platts Black' (New Zealand Flax)

A clump forming perennial with rich, dark purple-black foliage. It holds it's colour well & is a useful contrast for other foliage. Best in moist, but not waterlogged soil in sun or partial shade. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Phormium 'Rainbow Queen'

Phormium 'Rainbow Queen'

An evergreen, clump-forming perennial with leathery, arching sword shaped leaves that are olive-green with rose-red edges that fade to cream. Height 1.2m (4ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Phormium cookianum 'Tricolor' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium cookianum 'Tricolor' (New Zealand Flax)

An evergreen perennial with erect, sword-shaped leaves that have creamy yellow stripes and red margins. Established plants produce large spikes of yellow-green flowers in summer.

Phormium tenax 'Purpureum' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium tenax 'Purpureum' (New Zealand Flax)

An excellent architectural plant with robust, dull bronze-purple, strap-shaped leaves and panicles of tall red flowers. This plant is happy at swampy pond edges as well as dryer conditions.

Phormium tenax 'Sundowner' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium tenax 'Sundowner' (New Zealand Flax)

Attractive sword leaved shrub with green, pink and purple foliage. Tall spikes with clusters of bronzy-red flowers in summer. Plant in a sheltered position.

Phormium tenax 'Yellow Wave' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium tenax 'Yellow Wave' (New Zealand Flax)

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial with long, arching, leathery, strap-shaped, mid-green leaves, heavily striped with bright yellow. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Photinia x fraseri 'Carre Rouge'

Photinia x fraseri 'Carre Rouge'

An erect, evergreen shrub with elliptic to lance-shaped, leathery, dark green leaves, bright red on red stems when young, and panicles of small, white flowers in spring. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' (Christmas Berry)

Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' (Christmas Berry)

A spectacular evergreen shrub with bright red young leaves that turn green as they mature. Panicles of creamy-white flowers are produced in spring. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo)

Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo)

A large, clump-forming, evergreen bamboo with thick green stems, maturing to golden yellow when in full sun. Excellent as a screen. Evergreen & frost hardy. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

A tall, evergreen perennial bamboo with green-grooved, golden-yellow canes, which turn bright red in sun, fading to darker yellow with age. Height 5m (16ft), Spread 6m (20ft).

Phyllostachys bissetii (David Bisset Bamboo)

Phyllostachys bissetii (David Bisset Bamboo)

A dense, vigorous, evergreen bamboo forming a spreading clump of dark green canes, lighter when in full sun, and narrow, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 9m (29ft).

Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo)

Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo)

An evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with glossy green-black stems which mature to black and green, lance-shaped leaves. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diable D'Or' (Ninebark)

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diable D'Or' (Ninebark)

A dense, compact, branching, thicket-forming, deciduous shrub with exfoliating bark, dark purple-red leaves, copper when young, and clusters of small, cup-shaped,pink-flushed, white flowers in early summer.

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' (Ninebark)

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' (Ninebark)

A deciduous shrub with deep-purple, lobed leaves and clusters of small white, pink-flushed flowers in summer. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pieris japonica 'Bonfire'

Pieris japonica 'Bonfire'

An evergreen shrub with deep green glossy leaves which are brick red when young. Flower buds develop in autumn and open into fragrant white flowers in early spring. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver'

Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver'

An evergreen shrub with firey red foliage when young turning green edged in white. Panicles of small, white flowers are produced in abundance in spring. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Pieris japonica 'Forest Flame'

Pieris japonica 'Forest Flame'

An evergreen shrub with green foliage that starts off red, changes to pink and cream and finally becomes green. Panicles of small, cream-white flowers are produced in spring. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'

Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'

An evergreen shrub with shiny, ovate leaves that emerge red, then change to bronze then dark green. In spring, it bears densly packed racemes of bell-shaped, white flowers. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Pieris japonica 'Sarabande'

Pieris japonica 'Sarabande'

A compact, upright, evergreen shrub with oblong to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves, flushed bronze when young, and panicles of fragrant, urn-shaped, white flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold' (Kohuhu)

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold' (Kohuhu)

A large evergreen shrub or small tree with variegated, green leaves that have wavy margins and a central yellow-green blotch which is most conspicuous on young growth. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Bannow Bay'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Bannow Bay'

A compact, mound-forming, evergreen shrub with glossy, grey-green leaves, creamy-white at the margins, the entire leaf turning maroon by winter. Small, purple-brown flowers in late spring & early summer.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Elizabeth'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Elizabeth'

An evergreen shrub with variegated, wavy leaves edged in cream and pink. Small, chocolate-purple scented flowers in spring. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golden King'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golden King'

An erect, bushy, evergreen shrub bearing light golden-green leaves with light variegations. Honey-scented, bell-shaped, dark red-purple flowers in early summer. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'

A compact, bushy, rounded, evergreen shrub with slender, black stems bearing glossy, bright green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, small, fragrant, purple-brown flowers followed by dark grey seed capsules.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'

A evergreen shrub, with round, white leaves, turning dark-green marked white (and flushed pink in winter) and fragrant dark-purple flowers in late spring. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Penmarch'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Penmarch'

A mid-sized, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with small, grey-green leaves and small, purple-red flowers in summer. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Pom Pom'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Pom Pom'

A compact, bushy, rounded, evergreen shrub with slender, black stems bearing glossy, bright green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, small, fragrant, purple-brown flowers followed by dark grey seed capsules.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum'

A bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree with wavy-margined, purple leaves & small, fragrant, bell-shaped, black-red flowers in late spring and early summer. The new leaves are pale green before gradually changing to purple.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

A compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with dark stems bearing oval, glossy, grey-green leaves, creamy-white at the margins and, in late spring and early summer, small, fragrant, purple-brown flowers.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' (Kohuhu/Tawhiwhi)

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' (Kohuhu/Tawhiwhi)

A purple evergreen dwarf shrub. The new leaves emerge green, but soon change to a deep blackish-purple colour. Excellent as a colour contrast. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum'

An upright, medium-sized, evergreen shrub that forms a neat oval shape. The foliage is silvery grey-green with a cream variegated edge, held on dark brown stems. Scented white flowers in late spring and early summer.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Victoria'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Victoria'

A compact, upright evergreen shrub with slender, black stems bearing small, elliptic to oval, glossy, grey-green leaves with cream margins and inconspicuous, fragrant, maroon flowers in late spring and early summer.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'

A bushy, rounded, dense, evergreen shrub with silver-blue, wavy edged foliage on dark stems. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Pittosporum tenuifolium (Tawhiwhi)

Pittosporum tenuifolium (Tawhiwhi)

A rounded, evergreen shrub that has glossy, green leaves with wavy margins. From late spring to early summer, it produces a scattering of small, fragrant maroon flowers.

Potentilla fruticosa 'Elizabeth' (Shrubby Cinquefoil)

Potentilla fruticosa 'Elizabeth' (Shrubby Cinquefoil)

A small, bushy deciduous shrub bearing green leaves with white undersides. Pretty cup-shaped, pale yellow flowers with darker centres from early summer to mid-autumn. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Potentilla fruticosa 'Tangerine' (Shrubby Cinquefoil)

Potentilla fruticosa 'Tangerine' (Shrubby Cinquefoil)

A deciduous shrub with small, grey green leaves and orange-yellow flowers from summer through to early autumn. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' (Fuji Cherry)

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' (Fuji Cherry)

A small compact tree or shrub with long, yellow-green leaves in spring turning green, then red and orange in autumn. Early-spring white flowers with red centres are followed by dark purple fruits in autumn.

Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' (Cherry Laurel)

Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' (Cherry Laurel)

A spreading medium evergreen shrub with slender, glossy, dark green leaves. The small, white flowers borne in erect racemes are followed by cherry-like, red-black berries. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Prunus lusitanica 'Angustifolia' (Portugal Laurel)

Prunus lusitanica 'Angustifolia' (Portugal Laurel)

A dense, bushy, conical, slow-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree with red-stalked, glossy, dark green leaves and cup-shaped, fragrant, white flowers in early summer followed by cherry-like, red fruit that ripens black.

Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel)

Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel)

A dense, bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree with dark red shoots, glossy, dark green leaves and, in early summer, small, fragrant white flowers followed by red fruits that ripen to black.

Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn/Sloe)

Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn/Sloe)

A dense, small tree, commonly used for hedging. It's slender, spreading, spiny branches, clad in small flowers, make spidery trails of white blossom in March & April. Fruits are blue, then turning black.

Pyracantha 'Golden Glow' (Firethorn)

Pyracantha 'Golden Glow' (Firethorn)

An upright and spreading evergreen shrub with eliptical leaves and spiny stems. Small white flowers are produced in late spring and early summer followed by clusters of golden-orange berries.

Pyracantha 'Orange Glow' (Firethorn)

Pyracantha 'Orange Glow' (Firethorn)

A vigorous, throny evergreen shrub with oblong, glossy dark green leaves, and small, white flowers followed by bright orange berries in autumn and into the winter. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pyracantha 'Saphyr Orange' (Firethorn)

Pyracantha 'Saphyr Orange' (Firethorn)

A compact, thorny evergreen shrub with narrow glossy leaves, clusters of white flowers followed by bright orange berries. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pyracantha 'Saphyr Red' (Firethorn)

Pyracantha 'Saphyr Red' (Firethorn)

A compact, thorny, evergreen shrub with narrow glossy leaves, clusters of white flowers followed by bright red berries. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Pyracantha 'Saphyr Yellow' (Firethorn)

Pyracantha 'Saphyr Yellow' (Firethorn)

An upright, lateral spreading, and prickly, evergreen shrub with tiny, dark green foliage. In spring it has clusters of small, white flowers followed by bright yellow berries in summer and autumn.

Rhodanthemum 'Casablanca' (Moroccan Daisy)

Rhodanthemum 'Casablanca' (Moroccan Daisy)

A mound-forming, woody-based, evergreen perennial with softly hairy, finely divided, grey-green leaves and, from early spring into autumn, erect stems bearing white, daisy-like flowers with orange-brown central discs.

Rhodanthemum 'Marrakech' (Moroccan Daisy)

Rhodanthemum 'Marrakech' (Moroccan Daisy)

A low-growing, spreading, woody-based, evergreen perennial with softly hairy, finely divided, silvery leaves and, from early spring to early autumn, pale pink to deep pink, daisy-like flowers. Height & Spread 30cm (1ft).

Rhodanthemum 'Zagora Orange' (Moroccan Daisy)

Rhodanthemum 'Zagora Orange' (Moroccan Daisy)

A mound-forming, woody-based, evergreen perennial with softly hairy, finely divided, grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing daisy-like, pale orange flowers from late spring to early autumn. Height & Spread 30cm (1ft).

Rhodanthemum 'Zagora Pink' (Moroccan Daisy)

Rhodanthemum 'Zagora Pink' (Moroccan Daisy)

A mound-forming, woody-based, evergreen perennial with softly hairy, finely divided, dark grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing daisy-like, pink flowers from late spring to early autumn. Height & Spread 30cm (1ft).

Rhus typhina 'Dissecta' (Cut-Leaved Stag's Horn Sumach)

Rhus typhina 'Dissecta' (Cut-Leaved Stag's Horn Sumach)

A deciduous, suckering shrub with deeply dissected foliage that turns red and orange in autumn. Yellow, erect panicles of green-yellow female flowers are followed by dense clusters of red fruit. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rhus typhina (Stag's Horn Sumach)

Rhus typhina (Stag's Horn Sumach)

An upright, suckering, deciduous shrub or small tree with hairy stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into bright green leaflets turning orange & red in autumn. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Ribes odoratum (Buffalo Currant)

Ribes odoratum (Buffalo Currant)

A medium-sized, deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves and fragrant, yellow-green flowers in spring. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Currant)

Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Currant)

An upright, deciduous shrub with dark green leaves divided into three or five, toothed leaflets and pendent racemes of reddish-pink flowers in spring followed by spherical, blue-black fruit in autumn.

Rosa 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

An upright to spreading, bushy, thorny, deciduous shrub with ovate, glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant, double, pink-flushed, white flowers from late spring until autumn. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Rosa 'Aloha' (Climbing Rose)

Rosa 'Aloha' (Climbing Rose)

A vigorous, climbing, deciduous shrub with sturdy, thorny stems bearing toothed, glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant, double, salmon-flushed, rose-pink flowers from summer into autumn. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa 'Belle Epoque' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Belle Epoque' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

An upright, thorny, deciduous shrub bearing glossy, dark olive green leaves and, in summer and autumn, fragrant, double, bronze-flushed, orange flowers, darker on the reverse. Height 1.2m (4ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Rosa 'Boule de Neige' (Bourbon Rose)

Rosa 'Boule de Neige' (Bourbon Rose)

A Bourbon rose with an arching habit. It has dark green, glossy leaves and in summer and autumn, bears strongly fragrant, cupped, double, white flowers that may be flushed with pink. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Rosa 'Broadlands' (Ground Cover Rose)

Rosa 'Broadlands' (Ground Cover Rose)

A vigorous, spreading, thorny, deciduous shrub bearing pinnate leaves with ovate, toothed, glossy, light green leaflets and clusters of fragrant, cupped, double, light yellow flowers from summer into autumn.

Rosa 'Chandos Beauty' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Chandos Beauty' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

An upright, thorny, deciduous shrub bearing pinnate leaves with toothed, glossy, dark green leaves &, from late spring into autumn, strongly fragrant, fully double, pale pink flowers. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Rosa 'Compassion' (Climbing Rose)

Rosa 'Compassion' (Climbing Rose)

A vigorous, climbing, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing toothed, glossy, dark green leaves and rounded, fragrant, fully double, apricot-flushed, salmon-pink flowers from summer into autumn.

Rosa 'Congratulations' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Congratulations' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

A tall, vigorous, upright, thorny, deciduous shrub bearing glossy, dark green leaves and lightly fragrant, urn-shaped, fully double, rose-pink flowers on long stems in summer and autumn. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Rosa 'Creme de la Creme' (Climbing Rose)

Rosa 'Creme de la Creme' (Climbing Rose)

A climbing, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves with ovate, glossy, olive green leaflets and strongly fragrant, double, creamy-white flowers in summer and autumn. Height 3.5m (11ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa 'Eirene'

Rosa 'Eirene'

A bushy, deciduous shrub with a slightly spreading habit with glossy, dark green leaves and scented, creamy apricot buds opening to white flowers which are robust and rain resistant. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rosa 'Eyes for You' (Floribunda Rose)

Rosa 'Eyes for You' (Floribunda Rose)

A compact, upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing glossy, green leaves and, from late spring into autumn, clusters of fragrant, semi-double to double, lilac-pink to white flowers with purple centres.

Rosa 'Golden Celebration' (English Shrub Rose)

Rosa 'Golden Celebration' (English Shrub Rose)

A vigorous, upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny branches bearing pinnate leaves divided into ovate, toothed, glossy, dark green leaflets and clusters of fragrant, double, golden-yellow flowers in summer and autumn.

Rosa 'Handel' (Climbing Rose)

Rosa 'Handel' (Climbing Rose)

A fast-growing climber with glossy, dark foliage and slightly scented, double white and pink flowers. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa 'Harlow Carr' (English Rose)

Rosa 'Harlow Carr' (English Rose)

A hardy, deciduous, medium-sized, rounded shrub which forms fragrant, rose-pink, double flowers down to ground level. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Rosa 'Iceberg Climber'

Rosa 'Iceberg Climber'

A fast-growing climber with glossy light green foliage and large clusters of fragrant, double white flowers. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Rosa 'Jean Robie' (Shrub Rose)

Rosa 'Jean Robie' (Shrub Rose)

A bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into glossy, toothed, mid-green leaflets and clusters of fragrant, globular, double, amber-yellow flowers from late spring into autumn.

Rosa 'Margaret Merrill' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Margaret Merrill' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

An upright, deciduous shrub with thorny branches bearing dark-green leaves and, in summer & autumn, clusters of large, fragrant, double, white flowers, sometimes flushed pink, with yellow stamens. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Rosa 'Parade' (Climbing Rose)

Rosa 'Parade' (Climbing Rose)

A vigorous, climbing, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing glossy, dark green leaves and large clusters of double, fragrant, reddish-pink flowers from early summer into autumn. Height 4.5m (15ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' (Rambling Rose)

Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' (Rambling Rose)

A very vigorous climber with thorny, arching stems and glossy, light-green leaves. In early summer, it bears clusters of small, lightly-fragrant, pale-pink flowers. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 8m (26ft).

Rosa 'Phab Gold' (Floribunda Rose)

Rosa 'Phab Gold' (Floribunda Rose)

A deciduous, upright, floribunda rose with glossy mid-green foliage. In spring it has deep yellow, fragrant flowers that last until the first frost. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Rosa 'Red Blanket' (Ground Cover Rose)

Rosa 'Red Blanket' (Ground Cover Rose)

A deciduous, spreading shrub with dark-green, shiny leaves and, in summer and autumn, bears large clusters of relatively small, double, dark-red flowers with pale centres. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rosa 'Rhapsody In Blue' (Floribunda Rose)

Rosa 'Rhapsody In Blue' (Floribunda Rose)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves and, from early summer to mid-autumn, it has large clusters of heavily-scented, semi-double, dark violet flowers that fade to a greyish violet.

Rosa 'Saphir'

Rosa 'Saphir'

A deciduous shrub with strong, upright stems bearing glossy, dark green leaves and, in summer, beautiful lilac-blue flowers with a strong fragrance. Good disease resistance. Height 1.2m (4ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Rosa 'Silver Anniversary' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Silver Anniversary' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

A deciduous, upright, hybrid tea type rose with average disease resistance. It has semi-glossy, green leaves and creamy-white flowers that bloom from summer until autumn. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Rosa 'Taxandria' (Shrub Rose)

Rosa 'Taxandria' (Shrub Rose)

A bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into glossy, toothed, mid-green leaflets and clusters of fragrant, semi-double, cupped, creamy white flowers from late spring into autumn.

Rosa 'Tequila Sunrise' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Tequila Sunrise' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

A compact shrub with shiny, bronze-tinted, dark-green leaves and in summer & autumn, clusters of large, double, golden-yellow flowers that are flushed red at the edges of their petals. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Rosa 'The Generous Gardener' (Thornless Rose)

Rosa 'The Generous Gardener' (Thornless Rose)

A thornless climbing rose with strong, elegantly arching growth, polished dark green foliage and fragrant, double, pale-pink flowers. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa 'The Lady Gardener' (Shrub Rose)

Rosa 'The Lady Gardener' (Shrub Rose)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into ovate, toothed, dark green leaflets and clusters of strongly fragrant, double, pink-flushed, apricot flowers from summer into autumn.

Rosa 'The Poet's Wife' (Shrub Rose)

Rosa 'The Poet's Wife' (Shrub Rose)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into ovate, toothed, glossy, dark green leaflets and clusters of double, strongly fragrant, yellow flowers from early summer into autumn.

Rosa 'Twice In A Blue Moon' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Twice In A Blue Moon' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

A deciduous, upright, hybrid tea rose with green leaves. In late spring it has fragrant, silver-lilac flowers that repeat until the first frost. Good disease resistance. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Rosa 'Tynwald' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Tynwald' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

A bushy, upright, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing green leaves creating an excellent backdrop for it's large, fragrant, cream flowers with soft yellow centres. Good disease resistance. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Rosa 'Wildberry' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa 'Wildberry' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

A bushy, compact, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing glossy, dark green leaves and, in summer, fragrant, double pink flowers that are rain resistant. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin'

Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin'

A lax to climbing, open, thornless, deciduous shrub bearing pinnate leaves with ovate, toothed, mid-green leaflets and fragrant, cupped, double, deep pink flowers in summer and autumn. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa canina (Dog Rose)

Rosa canina (Dog Rose)

A scrambling, native rose shrub with stems covered with small, sharp, hooked spines and pale pink flowers with yellow stamens, followed by red-orange fruit in autumn. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rosa rubiginosa (Eglantine)

Rosa rubiginosa (Eglantine)

A vigorous shrub with thorny, arching branches and wrinkled, apple-scented leaves. In summer, it bears cup-shaped, pink flowers with white centres and yellow stamens, followed by red hips in autumn.

Rosa rugosa 'Alba'

Rosa rugosa 'Alba'

An upright, bushy shrub with thorny stems and shiny, bright-green, wrinkled foliage. In summer and autumn, it bears clusters of single, yellow-centred, pure white flowers.

Rosa rugosa (Ramanas Rose)

Rosa rugosa (Ramanas Rose)

An upright, bushy shrub with thorny stems and shiny, bright green, wrinkled foliage. In summer and autumn, it bears clusters of single, yellow centred, dark pink flowers. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp's Upright'

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp's Upright'

A compact, upright, vigorous, evergreen shrub with narrow, aromatic, dark green leaves and small, light blue flowers in spring and summer. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' (Prostrate Rosemary)

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' (Prostrate Rosemary)

A dense, low-growing, evergreen shrub with linear, aromatic leaves and clusters of blue flowers in summer. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

A dense, bushy, upright to rounded, evergreen shrub with linear, leathery, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of whorled, blue or white flowers in mid-spring and early summer. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Salix caprea (Goat Willow)

Salix caprea (Goat Willow)

A deciduous shrub or small tree with broad leaves and soft silky, silvery catkins, produced in early spring before the new leaves appear. The male and female catkins are on different plants.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' (Elder)

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' (Elder)

A compact, deciduous shrub or tree with dark purple-black leaves, flat heads of pink flowers in early summer and dark purple-black berries in autumn. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' (Elder)

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' (Elder)

A large, deciduous shrub or small tree with finely cut, almost black foliage turning deep red in autumn and pink, flat flowerheads in summer. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Santolina rosmarinifolia 'Lemon Fizz' (Cotton Lavender)

Santolina rosmarinifolia 'Lemon Fizz' (Cotton Lavender)

A compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with bright, lemon yellow, pinhead-like flowers in summer above aromatic, yellow-green, dissected foliage. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box)

Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box)

An evergreen shrub forming dense clumps of dark green, glossy foliage with sweetly scented, pure white flowers in winter followed by black fruits.

Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings' (Marine Cineraria)

Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings' (Marine Cineraria)

An upright, bushy, borderline hardy, evergreen subshrub, often grown as an annual, with large, broadly ovate, scalloped, felted, bright silvery-grey leaves and inconspicuous clusters of yellow flowers in summer.

Skimmia japonica 'Fragrant Cloud'

Skimmia japonica 'Fragrant Cloud'

A small, bushy, evergreen shrub with aromatic, glossy, dark-green leaves and fragrant, white, male flowers in spring. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Skimmia japonica 'Kew White'

Skimmia japonica 'Kew White'

An erect to rounded, evergreen shrub with oval to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves and dense panicles of fragrant, white flowers in spring, followed by large clusters of round, glossy, white fruit.

Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

A small, male variety with dark-green leaves & attractive red flower buds, which appear in autumn and winter, opening into scented flowers in spring. It is suitable for containers and provides good all year round colour.

Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'

Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'

A male evergreen shrub with shiny mid-green leaves. Fragrant creamy white flowers in spring. Flowers April to May. Can be planted in a shady site.

Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' (False Spiraea)

Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' (False Spiraea)

A compact, upright, thicket-forming, deciduous shrub with erect stems bearing yellow-green leaves, flushed pink, red and bronze in spring and turning red in autumn. White flowers bloom in mid- to late summer.

Spiraea japonica 'Gold Mound' (Japanese Spiraea)

Spiraea japonica 'Gold Mound' (Japanese Spiraea)

A compact, dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with golden-yellow leaves in spring, turning yellow-green in summer, and yellow-orange in autumn. Flattened clusters of pink flowers bloom from late spring to midsummer.

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess' (Japanese Spirea)

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess' (Japanese Spirea)

A small, deciduous, mounded shrub with bronze new growth turning mid-green as they mature. In summer it produces tiny pink flowers that make up bigger heads. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound' (Tosa Spirea)

Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound' (Tosa Spirea)

A fast-growing, spreading, deciduous shrub with arching branches, dark green leaves, and clusters of small, white flowers in midsummer. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

An upright, deciduous shrub with lance-shaped, irregularly variegated cream and pink leaves and domed clusters of deep rose-pink flowers in late summer. Grows in sun or partial shade. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Syringa 'Red Pixie' (Lilac)

Syringa 'Red Pixie' (Lilac)

A small, deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves. It bears red buds that open into panicles of fragrant, pale-pink flowers in spring. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla 'Superba' (Lilac)

Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla 'Superba' (Lilac)

A deciduous shrub with slender branches bearing small, oval, mid-green leaves and fragrant clusters of rose-pink flowers from late spring through to autumn. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' (Lilac)

Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' (Lilac)

An upright, rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate to heart-shaped, mid-green leaves and dense panicles of fragrant, double, pink to lilac-pink flowers in late spring & early summer. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly' (Lilac)

Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly' (Lilac)

A deciduous shrub with heart shaped, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, double, dark purple red flowers in summer. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' (Lilac)

Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' (Lilac)

A medium deciduous shrub with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant, double, white flowers from yellow-tinted buds in early summer. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Syringa vulgaris 'Michael Buchner' (French Lilac)

Syringa vulgaris 'Michael Buchner' (French Lilac)

A deciduous, upright shrub with dark green leaves. In spring it has panicles of fragrant, double lilac flowers. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Syringa vulgaris 'Prince Wolkonsky' (Lilac)

Syringa vulgaris 'Prince Wolkonsky' (Lilac)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub or small tree with heart-shaped, mid-green leaves and dense panicles of fragrant, double, reddish-pink to purple-pink flowers in late spring and early summer. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Tamarix tetrandra

Tamarix tetrandra

A medium-sized, deciduous shrub with open, arching, near black branches, green scale-like leaves and large, light-pink plumes in late spring. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' (Rice Paper Plant)

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' (Rice Paper Plant)

A tender, thicket-forming, evergreen shrub or small tree bearing very large, deeply-lobed, mid-green leaves, felted pale green underneath. Large clusters of white flowers in autumn are followed by spherical black fruit.

Teucrium fruticans (Tree Germander)

Teucrium fruticans (Tree Germander)

A bushy, borderline hardy, evergreen shrub with arching, woolly stems bearing ovate to lance-shaped, aromatic, grey-green leaves, white-woolly beneath, and racemes of whorled, pale blue flowers in summer.

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii

A compact spreading evergreen shrub, with deep green, leathery leaves and flattened heads of small white flowers followed by metallic blue-black berries. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Viburnum lantana (Wayfaring Tree)

Viburnum lantana (Wayfaring Tree)

A hardy, vigorous, deciduous shrub with dark green foliage that turns red in autumn and large, lacecap-like, white flowers from late spring to early summer. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty' (American Withe Rod)

Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty' (American Withe Rod)

A deciduous shrub with glossy, dark green leaves turning crimson in autumn & clusters of creamy-white flowers in early summer followed by green fruit that turns white, to pink, to blue, & finally blue-black at maturity.

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (Red Guelder Rose)

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (Red Guelder Rose)

A large, bushy, deciduous shrub with lobed, veined, dark green leaves turning red-flushed in autumn and, from late spring into summer, dense, spherical clusters of white flowers, flushed pink with age.

Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose)

Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose)

A deciduous shrub with palmate and prominently veined leaves and flat clusters of white flowers which appear in spring and summer, followed by bright red berries in autumn.

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' (Japanese Snowball)

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' (Japanese Snowball)

A large, deciduous shrub with spreading branches with veined, dark green leaves, which turn purple in autumn and a profusion of lacey, white flower heads in late spring sometimes followed by red or black fruit.

Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Beauty' (Japanese Snowball)

Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Beauty' (Japanese Snowball)

A deciduous shrub with toothed, oval leaves that take on purple tints in autumn. In spring, it produces flat clusters of white flowers that turn light pink, these may be followed by black berries in autumn.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii Great Star'

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii Great Star'

A large, deciduous shrub with tiered, wide-spreading branches bearing green leaves turning red and purple in autumn and, in late spring and early summer, large clusters of fragrant, white flowers followed by red fruit.

Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' (Laurustinus)

Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' (Laurustinus)

A bushy, medium evergreen shrub with broad oval, leathery leaves and, flattened clusters of small, starry white flowers and later metallic-blue berries. Flowers from winter through to spring. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Viburnum tinus 'Lisarose' (Laurustinus)

Viburnum tinus 'Lisarose' (Laurustinus)

A dense, bushy, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and, from late winter into spring, flattened clusters of deep pink buds opening to small, salverform pale pink to white flowers followed by blue-black fruit.

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' (Arrowwood)

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' (Arrowwood)

A fast-growing, deciduous shrub with clusters of fragrant, pale-pink flowers emerging from red buds from late autumn through to spring. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Vinca difformis 'Jenny Pym' (Intermediate Periwinkle)

Vinca difformis 'Jenny Pym' (Intermediate Periwinkle)

A dense, trailing evergreen shrub with small, dark-green leaves. Throughout spring it bears tiny flowers that are pink-purple edged in white. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Vinca major (Greater Periwinkle)

Vinca major (Greater Periwinkle)

An excellent ground cover shrub with dark-green oval-shaped leaves, and wide funnel-shaped bright blue flowers on the tips of thin stalks in spring. Suitable for sun or partial shade. Height 30cm (1ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Vinca minor 'Alba' (Lesser Periwinkle)

Vinca minor 'Alba' (Lesser Periwinkle)

This prostrate, evergreen shrub forms a neat carpet of ovate dark green leaves and from spring through until autumn produces masses of small, pure-white flowers. Height 30cm (1ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' (Periwinkle)

Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' (Periwinkle)

A spreading evergreen shrub with ovate, dark green leaves and deep red-purple flowers from early summer into the autumn. Height 10cm (4in), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Vinca minor (Lesser Periwinkle)

Vinca minor (Lesser Periwinkle)

An evergreen perennial, forming a mat of leaves and single, purple-blue flowers from spring to early autumn. Excellent for ground cover in sun or partial shade. Height 20cm (8in), Spread 1m (3ft).

Weigela 'Bristol Ruby'

Weigela 'Bristol Ruby'

A vigorous, upright deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves and ruby-red tubular flowers that come from dark red buds in May and June. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Weigela 'Victoria'

Weigela 'Victoria'

A mid-sized deciduous shrub with purple-flushed, dark-green, ovate leaves and clusters of dark-pink, tubular flowers in late spring to summer. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

A large deciduous shrub with purple-tinted ovate leaves that deepen in colour as they age. In late spring to early summer, it bears clusters of pink tubular flowers. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureis' (Wigela)

Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureis' (Wigela)

A small, deciduous shrub with purple-tinged leaves and clusters of pink flowers in spring and summer. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Yucca gloriosa (Spanish Dagger)

Yucca gloriosa (Spanish Dagger)

A handsome architectural plant, with thick clumps of pointed, pale blue, upright leaves and tall white flower spikes.


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