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Abelia x grandiflora 'Lucky Lots'

Abelia x grandiflora 'Lucky Lots'

A dense, rounded, semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub with dark green leaves that have a creamy margin and panicles of fragrant, funnel-shaped, white flowers from early summer into autumn. Height 1.2m (4ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

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 'Deshojo' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Deshojo' (Japanese Maple)

An upright, rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree with toothed, deeply lobed leaves, bright salmon-pink in spring, green in summer, and scarlet in autumn. Insignificant flowers in spring followed by winged seed pods.

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' (Japanese Maple)

A deciduous shrub or small tree. A relatively vigorously Acer, it has palmately lobed, purple leaves that turn scarlet in autumn. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Acer palmatum 'Katsura' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Katsura' (Japanese Maple)

A wide branching deciduous small tree or shrub with leaves that are red, pink and orange shades in spring, turning to gold/greenish gold in summer & golden yellow autumnal tints.

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 'Red Flash' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Red Flash' (Japanese Maple)

A broad, upright, deciduous tree with deeply lobed, red leaves in spring, turning purple-red through summer and then vivid, bright red in autumn. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold' (Japanese Maple)

An upright, rounded, branching, deciduous shrub or very small tree with toothed, deeply lobed leaves, light green in spring, golden-yellow in summer, and yellow in autumn. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 5m (16ft).

Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' (Japanese Maple)

An attractive, densely branched shrub with small leaves, bright pink or pink-red in spring becoming whitish-green in summer before turning bright red or orange in autumn. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Garnet' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Garnet' (Japanese Maple)

A small deciduous tree with finely cut, reddish-purple leaves becoming scarlet in autumn. Grows in a mound-like habit with branches that are weeping at the ends. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Acer palmatum var. dissectum (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum var. dissectum (Japanese Maple)

A deciduous shrub or small tree with arching shoots bearing rounded, lobed, deeply and finely cut, mid-green leaves turning gold in autumn. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

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).

Azalea 'Arabesk' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Arabesk' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub with small, elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of funnel-shaped, red to reddish-pink flowers in late spring and early summer. Height 75cm (2.5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Azalea 'Fireball' (Deciduous Azalea)

Azalea 'Fireball' (Deciduous Azalea)

An upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves and funnel-shaped deep orange-red flowers in mid-spring. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Azalea 'Florida' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Florida' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, bushy evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and semi double cherry red flowers in late April. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Azalea 'Geisha Purple' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Geisha Purple' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, evergreen shrub with small, hairy, evergreen leaves and clusters of rich reddish-purple funnel-shaped flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Azalea 'Gibraltar' (Deciduous Azalea)

Azalea 'Gibraltar' (Deciduous Azalea)

An upright, spreading, deciduous shrub with oblong leaves and vivid orange flowers with frilled petals in late spring and early summer. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Azalea 'Golden Lights' (Deciduous Azalea)

Azalea 'Golden Lights' (Deciduous Azalea)

An upright to rounded, deciduous shrub with small, mid- to dark green leaves turning purple in autumn and rounded clusters of funnel-shaped, often pink-flushed, yellow-orange flowers in late spring and early summer.

Azalea 'Herbert' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Herbert' (Evergreen Azalea)

A mound-forming, semi-evergreen shrub with elliptic, glossy, mid- to bright green leaves and, in spring, clusters of broadly funnel-shaped, deep pink flowers with deep red flecks. Height 1.2m (4ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Azalea 'Johanna' (Japanese Azalea)

Azalea 'Johanna' (Japanese Azalea)

A compact, evergreen shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves and carmine-red flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Azalea 'Kermesina' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Kermesina' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, bushy, upright, evergreen shrub with small, elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, clusters of funnel-shaped, deep pink flowers. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Azalea 'Maria Elena' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Maria Elena' (Evergreen Azalea)

A dense, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with small, elliptic, dark green leaves and double, funnel-shaped, pink to purple-pink flowers from late spring into summer. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Azalea 'Maruschka' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Maruschka' (Evergreen Azalea)

A low-growing, bushy, evergreen shrub with small, oval, glossy, dark green leaves, often turning bronze-flushed or dark red in winter. Clusters of funnel-shaped, bright red flowers bloom in early summer.

Azalea 'Mary Helen' (Japanese Azalea)

Azalea 'Mary Helen' (Japanese Azalea)

A compact, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and white, funnel-shaped flowers with a yellow-green flare in late spring. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Azalea 'Mother's Day' (Japanese Azalea)

Azalea 'Mother's Day' (Japanese Azalea)

A low, spreading, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and large, crimson, semi-double flowers in mid-spring. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Azalea 'Mount Saint Helens' (Deciduous Azalea)

Azalea 'Mount Saint Helens' (Deciduous Azalea)

A compact, upright, deciduous shrub with small, ovate, glossy, bright green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, clusters of fragrant, salmon-pink flowers, each with a prominent, orange blotch.

Azalea 'Northern Hi Lights' (Deciduous Azalea)

Azalea 'Northern Hi Lights' (Deciduous Azalea)

An upright, bushy shrub with dark-green, deciduous, oblong leaves turning red in late summer and white flowers with a yellow flare in spring. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Azalea 'Orange King' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Orange King' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and rich orange, funnel-shaped flowers in spring. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Azalea 'Rosa' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Rosa' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and, in late spring, rich, bright pink flowers. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Azalea 'Rose Greeley' (Evergreen Azalea)

Azalea 'Rose Greeley' (Evergreen Azalea)

A compact, dense, spreading, evergreen shrub bearing small, glossy, dark green leaves and, in early to mid-spring, rounded clusters of funnel-shaped, hose-in-hose, white flowers, each with a pale yellow-green blotch.

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 'Starburst' (Japanese Barberry)

Berberis thunbergii 'Starburst' (Japanese Barberry)

A compact, spreading, decidous shrub with green leaves in spring developing creamy-white and pink variegation in summer followed by crimson berries and leaves in autumn. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

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 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.

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.

Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy'

Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy'

An upright, bushy, evergreen shrub with ovate, glossy, mid- to dark green leaves and, in spring, small, semi-double, white flowers with pink-flushed petal margins. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Camellia 'Koto-No-Kaori'

Camellia 'Koto-No-Kaori'

An evergreen shrub with glossy, leathery, dark green leaves, tinged with red when young, and, in spring, small, rose-pink, cup-shaped flowers that have a sweet fragrance. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Camellia japonica 'Bonomiana'

Camellia japonica 'Bonomiana'

An upright, evergreen shrub bearing ovate to elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves and, in late winter and early spring, rose-form, double, pink flowers with darker pink streaks. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Camellia japonica 'Doctor King'

Camellia japonica 'Doctor King'

An upright to bushy, evergreen shrub with glossy, broadly elliptic, dark green leaves and, in spring, ruffled, single to semi-double reddish-pink flowers with prominent yellow stamens. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Camellia japonica 'Kerguelen'

Camellia japonica 'Kerguelen'

A compact, broadly upright, bushy, evergreen shrub bearing ovate to elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves with creamy-white margins & formal double, light pink flowers in winter and early spring. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Camellia japonica 'Mamithe'

Camellia japonica 'Mamithe'

An upright to spreading, evergreen shrub with broadly elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves and large, semi-double, bright pink to light red flowers in early spring. Height 3m (10ft), 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 'Anticipation'

Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation'

A large evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and double, deep rose-pink flowers. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Camellia x williamsii 'Debbie'

Camellia x williamsii 'Debbie'

A large, open, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark-green leaves. It bears double, rose-pink flowers in spring. Thrives in semi-shade. Plant in ericaceous compost. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Camellia x williamsii 'Les Jury'

Camellia x williamsii 'Les Jury'

A small, bushy, evergreen shrub with dark-green, glossy leaves. It bears double, crimson flowers in spring. Height 2.5m (8ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Ceanothus 'A.T. Johnson' (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus 'A.T. Johnson' (Californian Lilac)

A medium sized vigorous evergreen shrub, suitable for training against a warm sunny wall. Rich blue flowers are borne in the spring and sometimes in the autumn. Height 3m (10ft) in 5-10 years.

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 '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 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 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).

Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail' (Ornamental Quince)

Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail' (Ornamental Quince)

A deciduous shrub with bright green, glossy leaves and a prostrate habit. In spring, it is covered with clusters of white, cup-shaped flowers, followed by egg-shaped fruits in summer that ripen from green to yellow.

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).

Cistus 'Alan Fradd' (Rock Rose)

Cistus 'Alan Fradd' (Rock Rose)

A small, dense, rounded, evergreen shrub with mid-green leaves. It bears white flowers with a dark purple blotch at the base of each petal and a golden boss of stamen in summer.

Cistus 'Grayswood Pink' (Rock Rose)

Cistus 'Grayswood Pink' (Rock Rose)

A small, spreading, evergreen shrub with grey-green leaves. It bears white-centred, pale-pink flowers in summer. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cistus monspeliensis (Montpelier Rock Rose)

Cistus monspeliensis (Montpelier Rock Rose)

A bushy, evergreen shrub with linear, sticky, dark-green leaves and saucer-shaped white flowers with yellow stamens, borne in summer. Height 1m (3ft), 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).

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)

Large, dense masses of long, sword-like leaves. Small, creamy-white and fragrant flowers are produced in early summer. Eventual height 3 - 10m.

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 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 'Dusky Bells' (Australian Fuchsia)

Correa 'Dusky Bells' (Australian Fuchsia)

A tender, widely-spreading, evergreen shrub with reddish-brown stems bearing oval, mid- to dark green leaves and clusters of tubular, carmine-red flowers from autumn to spring. Height 1m (3ft), 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).

Correa alba 'Pinkie' (Australian Fuchsia)

Correa alba 'Pinkie' (Australian Fuchsia)

Evergreen shrub with silver-grey leaves. White funnel-shaped flowers with a pink tinge from August onwards. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Correa backhouseana

Correa backhouseana

Medium sized evergreen shrub that has glossy grey-green leaves and produces yellow bell like flowers in summer through to autumn. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

Cortaderia selloana 'White Plume' (Pampas Grass)

Cortaderia selloana 'White Plume' (Pampas Grass)

A vigorous, densely-tufted, clump-forming, evergreen perennial grass with narrow, arching, mid-green leaves and erect stems bearing upright panicles of silky, creamy-white flower spikelets from midsummer into autumn.

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).

Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' (Purple-Leaved Filbert)

Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' (Purple-Leaved Filbert)

A large deciduous shrub with purple leaves. It bear pale-yellow catkins on leafless twigs in late winter and edible (hazel) nuts in autumn. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Cotinus 'Grace' (Smoke Bush)

Cotinus 'Grace' (Smoke Bush)

A large deciduous shrub, with rounded leaves that emerge wine-red maturing to dusky-reddish-blue and then bright orange-red in autumn. Masses of large, deep pink panicles cover this shrub in early summer.

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 'Oakwood'

Cotoneaster dammeri 'Oakwood'

A low-growing, spreading, evergreen shrub with dark-green ovate leaves. In spring, it bears small white flowers, followed by shiny red berries in autumn and winter. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

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 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 'Hollandia' (Broom)

Cytisus 'Hollandia' (Broom)

A rounded, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots. Clusters of cream and dark pink flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by palmate, mid-green leaves. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Cytisus scoparius (Common Broom)

Cytisus scoparius (Common Broom)

A mid-sized deciduous shrub with small leaves and yellow, pea-like flowers along its branches in late spring. Height & 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).

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.

Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Fire Bush)

Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Fire Bush)

A dramatic, slender upright tree with firery orange-scarlet tubular flowers in summer. Height 5m (16ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

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 laevis 'Gold Brian'

Escallonia laevis 'Gold Brian'

An evergreen shrub with bright green-yellow leaves slowly becoming greener as the season progresses. Pink flowers in summer. Suitable for coastal sites. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

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).

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 'Ovatus Aureus' (Spindle)

Euonymus japonicus 'Ovatus Aureus' (Spindle)

A slow growing, compact, bushy, mid-sized, evergreen shrub with oval, broad yellow margined yellow-green leaves. Needs a sunny site to keep its colour. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

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 'Army Nurse'

Fuchsia 'Army Nurse'

A vigorous, erect, bushy, mid-sized, deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves. It bears semi-double flowers with a crimson tube and sepals and blue-violet petals flushed pink near the base. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

Fuchsia 'Snowcap'

Fuchsia 'Snowcap'

A vigorous, upright, mid-sized, deciduous shrub with small, dark-green leaves. In summer and autumn it bears semi-double flowers with scarlet tube and sepals and white petals with red veins.

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 'Riccartonii' (Manx Fuchsia)

Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii' (Manx Fuchsia)

An upright, mid-sized, deciduous shrub with small, mid-green leaves. In summer & autumn it bears small, single flowers with crimson tube and sepals, and violet-purple petals. Can be used for hedging or as a specimen shrub.

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).

Fuchsia magellanica (Magellan Fuchsia)

Fuchsia magellanica (Magellan Fuchsia)

A deciduous hedging plant or specimen shrub with an upright habit with mid-green leaves. Produces masses of scarlet & violet flowers throughout summer and into autumn. Suitable for sun or shade.

Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae 'Sharpitor'

Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae 'Sharpitor'

An upright, deciduous shrub with arching branches bearing ovate, white-margined, light green leaves and, throughout summer into autumn, pale pink, sometimes purple-flushed, flowers. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Garrya elliptica (Silk Tassel)

Garrya elliptica (Silk Tassel)

An evergreen shrub with leathery dark green leaves and masses of drooping, silky, grey-green catkins in spring. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Genista lydia (Lydian Broom)

Genista lydia (Lydian Broom)

An outstanding deciduous dwarf shrub smothered in golden yellow flowers from May to June on it's slender weeping branches. Plant in full sun, in rock gardens or borders. Height 50cm (1.5ft), 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 gracilis 'Alba' (Spider Flower)

Grevillea gracilis 'Alba' (Spider Flower)

A bushy, low-growing, evergreen shrub with needle-like, dark green leaves and, in spring, dense racemes of bright white flowers with a yellowish tint. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

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.

Gunnera manicata (Giant Rhubarb)

Gunnera manicata (Giant Rhubarb)

A large, architectural perennial with rounded, prickly edged leaves up to 1.5m (5ft) across. Light green flower spikes in early summer followed by orange seed pods. Height 2.5m (8ft), 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 '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 '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 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 '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 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 argutifolius (Holly-Leaved Hellebore)

Helleborus argutifolius (Holly-Leaved Hellebore)

A clump-forming evergreen perennial with leathery, bluish, spined leaves and large, pale green flowers from late winter to early spring. Suitable for sun or shade. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Angel Glow' (Christmas Rose)

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Angel Glow' (Christmas Rose)

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial bearing leathery, dark blue-green leaves & saucer-shaped, pink flowers from late winter into spring that slowly turn dark pink with green tints. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Helleborus x hybridus 'Harvington Picotee' (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus 'Harvington Picotee' (Lenten Rose)

A clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves and, from midwinter until mid-spring, pendent to outward-facing, saucer-shaped, pale pink flowers with darker pink veins and markings.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Tutu White' (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus 'Tutu White' (Lenten Rose)

A clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves and, from late winter into spring, upright stems bearing cup-shaped, spotted, white flowers speckled with burgundy.

Helleborus x nigercors 'Emma' (Hybrid Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x nigercors 'Emma' (Hybrid Lenten Rose)

A compact, clump-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves and upright stems bearing outward-facing, saucer-shaped, white to pale yellow flowers from mid-winter to mid-spring.

Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Ice Breaker Max' (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Ice Breaker Max' (Lenten Rose)

A mound-forming, evergreen perennial bearing leathery, glossy, divided, toothed, dark green leaves and outward-facing, saucer-shaped, green-flushed, creamy-white flowers from late winter into spring.

Helleborus x nigercors 'Winter Passion' (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x nigercors 'Winter Passion' (Lenten Rose)

A compact, clump-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves and upright stems bearing outward-facing, saucer-shaped, white to pale yellow flowers from mid-winter to mid-spring.

Helleborus x sahinii 'Winter Bells' (Christmas Rose)

Helleborus x sahinii 'Winter Bells' (Christmas Rose)

An upright, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves & from late winter into spring, and sporadically into autumn, reddish-brown stems bearing cream flowers, pink on the outside, fading to green.

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 macrophylla 'Alpengluhen' (Mophead Hydrangea)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Alpengluhen' (Mophead Hydrangea)

A compact, bushy, deciduous shrub with broadly ovate, toothed, veined, glossy, dark green leaves and large, rounded clusters of purple-blue to deep reddish-pink flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Magical Amethyst'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Magical Amethyst'

A compact, upright, bushy, deciduous shrub with ovate, toothed, mid-green leaves and, in summer, rounded flower heads of bright green florets turning purple with age. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

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

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

A deciduous, upright shrub with dark green, tapering leaves and snowy white lace-cap flowers that have white flowers with cupped petals arranged around multi-coloured centre flowers in summer. Height & Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Hydrangea paniculata 'Early Sensation'

Hydrangea paniculata 'Early Sensation'

An open, branching, deciduous shrub with pointed, mid-green leaves on reddish-brown stems and, from summer into autumn, large, conical panicles of white flowers, turning reddish-pink 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).

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 '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 '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 (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 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 polinating. 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.

Kerria japonica (Japanese Rose)

Kerria japonica (Japanese Rose)

A suckering, rhizomatous, deciduous shrub with ovate, pointed, toothed, bright green leaves and single or double, golden yellow flowers in spring. Height 2m (6ft), 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 '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 x intermedia 'Vera'

Lavandula x intermedia 'Vera'

A bushy, evergreen shrub with grey-green foliage. In summer it bears long, slender spikes of fragrant, dark blue-purple flowers. Height 1m (3ft), Spread 60cm (2ft).

Leucothoe fontainesiana 'Scarletta' (Dog Hobble)

Leucothoe fontainesiana 'Scarletta' (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).

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 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).

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

A vigorous, upright, open-branched, deciduous tree with ovate to elliptic, mid-green leaves and, in spring before the leaves emerge, cup-shaped, dark wine-purple flowers. Height 9m (29ft), 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 'Sentinel'

Magnolia 'Sentinel'

A vigorous, upright, columnar, deciduous tree with ovate to elliptic, mid-green leaves and, in spring before the leaves emerge, cup-shaped, white to reddish pink-purple flowers. Height 10m (32ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Magnolia 'Spectrum'

Magnolia 'Spectrum'

An upright, broadly conical, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate, mid-green leaves and large, reddish-purple flowers as or before the leaves emerge in spring. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Magnolia 'Susan'

Magnolia 'Susan'

A bushy, upright shrub with large mid-green leaves and narrow goblet-shaped, fragrant purple-red flowers in mid-spring. Plant in a warm site with plenty of peat. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

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 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 x media 'Charity' (Oregon Grape)

Mahonia x media 'Charity' (Oregon Grape)

A bushy, upright, evergreen shrub with dark-green, spiny, glossy leaves. In autumn and winter it bears fragrant, yellow flowers which are followed by blue-black berries. Plant in sun or shade. Height 2m (6ft).

Myrtus 'Glanleam Gold'

Myrtus 'Glanleam Gold'

An upright, bushy, evergreen shrub with peeling, reddish-brown and creamy-white bark and aromatic, glossy, dark green leaves with creamy-yellow margins. Small white flowers from midsummer to mid-autumn.

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/New Zealand Holly)

Olearia macrodonta (Australian Holly/New Zealand 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 var. lineata

Olearia virgata var. lineata

A large graceful shrub with attractive silver foliage. It is hardy in all areas, but is particularly useful in coastal regions where it will withstand salt laden winds making it excellent for hedging.

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).

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (Black Mondo)

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (Black Mondo)

An evergreen perennial with tufts of strap-like black leaves. Small purple flowers are followed by glossy, black berries. Height & Spread 50cm (1.5ft).

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).

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 'Pink Panther' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium 'Pink Panther' (New Zealand Flax)

An evergreen perennial forming a clump of strap-shaped leaves that are pink with deep red edges. It's foliage is upright with arching outer leaves.

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 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).

Phormium tenax (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium tenax (New Zealand Flax)

An imposing architectural plant which forms a clump of dark grey-green, evergreen, strap-shaped leaves and tall spikes of red flowers.

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 aureosulcata f. aureocaulis

Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. aureocaulis

A clump-forming, evergreen bamboo with narrow, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and yellow canes with green stripes near the base.

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).

Pieris 'Forest Flame'

Pieris '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 '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 '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 'Temple Bells'

Pieris japonica 'Temple Bells'

A compact, upright, evergreen shrub with oblong to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves, dark red when young in spring, and panicles of fragrant, urn-shaped, white flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

A small, dome-shaped, evergreen shrub with red leaves in spring that turn to lustrous, dark green leaves. It flowers freely, producing arching racemes of maroon, bell-shaped flowers in spring. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

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 '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 '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 '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.

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 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.

Pseudopanax lessonii 'Purpurea'

Pseudopanax lessonii 'Purpurea'

An upright, bushy, evergreen shrub grown for its foliage. It has divided, palmate green leaves that are purple tinted. The foliage colour deepens in winter. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Pyracantha 'Soleil d'Or' (Firethorn)

Pyracantha 'Soleil d'Or' (Firethorn)

An upright, thorny, evergreen shrub with red-flushed stems, elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of white flowers in early summer followed by golden-yellow berries in autumn and into the winter.

Pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory' (Formosa Firethorn)

Pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory' (Formosa Firethorn)

An erect, spiny, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of small white flowers in summer followed by dark red berries that persist through autumn into winter.

Rhododendron 'Albert Schweitzer'

Rhododendron 'Albert Schweitzer'

A bushy evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, dark pink buds opening to large, domed clusters of funnel-shaped, rose-pink flowers, each with a prominent, dark red blotch.

Rhododendron 'Cosmopolitan'

Rhododendron 'Cosmopolitan'

A broad, dense shrub with glossy green foliage and light pink flowers, fading to paler pink with a deep red flare in a rounded truss that flower in early May. Can sometimes flower again in the Autumn.

Rhododendron 'Cream Crest' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Cream Crest' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A dense, dwarf, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark-green leaves and funnel-shaped creamy yellow flowers. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Rhododendron 'Cunningham's White'

Rhododendron 'Cunningham's White'

A large, evergreen shrub with dark-green leaves. In late spring, trusses of white funnel-shaped flowers with yellow centres open from pink-flushed buds.

Rhododendron 'Delta'

Rhododendron 'Delta'

An upright, bushy, evergreen shrub with large, leathery, dark green leaves and, in late spring & early summer, large, dense clusters of funnel-shaped, bright pink to lilac-pink flowers, each with a prominent orange blotch.

Rhododendron 'Eucharitis'

Rhododendron 'Eucharitis'

A dense, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves, and, in late spring, large trusses of pale pink flowers edged darker pink, with crimson spotting within. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rhododendron 'Firelight'

Rhododendron 'Firelight'

A compact, evergreen shrub with large, dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, deep red buds opening to large clusters of funnel-shaped, pink-flushed, cream flowers, heavily speckled with red.

Rhododendron 'Ginny Gee' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Ginny Gee' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A small, mounding, evergreen shrub that has deep green leaves and trumpet flowers that are pink and white in spring. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'

Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'

A compact, evergreen shrub with deep green leaves variegated with a splash of yellow in the centre of each leaf. Lavender coloured trumpet flowers bloom in spring. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Rhododendron 'Gristede' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Gristede' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A compact, dwarf, evergreen shrub with glossy, oblong to lance-shaped, dark green leaves and large clusters of funnel-shaped, deep purple-blue flowers in spring. Height & Spread 1m (3ft).

Rhododendron 'Halfdan Lem'

Rhododendron 'Halfdan Lem'

An upright to spreading, evergreen shrub with leathery, glossy, dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, clusters of funnel-shaped, rich red flowers. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rhododendron 'Horizon Monarch'

Rhododendron 'Horizon Monarch'

An upright, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, bright red to pink buds opening to large clusters of funnel-shaped, pale yellow flowers, often with a small red flare.

Rhododendron 'Marcel Menard'

Rhododendron 'Marcel Menard'

A compact, upright, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, large, dense clusters of funnel-shaped, dark purple flowers with yellow to green, spotted throats.

Rhododendron 'Marie Fortier'

Rhododendron 'Marie Fortier'

An upright to spreading, evergreen shrub with elliptic, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, large, rounded clusters of reddish-purple flowers with dark red blotches.

Rhododendron 'Markeeta's Prize'

Rhododendron 'Markeeta's Prize'

A large, upright, evergreen shrub with elliptic, dark green leaves and broad, rounded clusters of large, funnel-shaped, lightly spotted, scarlet flowers in late spring. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rhododendron 'Mrs T.H. Lowinsky'

Rhododendron 'Mrs T.H. Lowinsky'

An evergreen shrub with broad, dark green leaves and, in early summer from lavender-pink buds, dense clusters of funnel-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers, each with a bright orange-brown flare inside.

Rhododendron 'Night Sky' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Night Sky' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A small, rounded, evergreen shrub with green, glossy leaves that droop in the winter. In spring the trumpet flowers are bright violet-blue. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'

Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'

A dense, upright to spreading, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and, in spring, rounded clusters of broadly funnel-shaped, deep red to reddish-pink flowers with darker red blotches.

Rhododendron 'Polarnacht'

Rhododendron 'Polarnacht'

A compact, open, spreading, evergreen shrub with leathery, elliptic, dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, large, rounded clusters of funnel-shaped, dark reddish-purple flowers with spotted, red throats.

Rhododendron 'Princess Anne' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Princess Anne' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A dwarf, evergreen shrub with bronze new growth fading to deep green leaves. In late spring it has greenish-yellow flowers. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Rhododendron 'Rocket'

Rhododendron 'Rocket'

A medium-sized shrub with dark green glossy leaves and vivid pink funnel-shaped, frilled flowers with a scarlet blotch, that appear in April and May. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 1.2m (4ft).

Rhododendron 'Shamrock' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Shamrock' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A small evergreen shrub with dark-green, ovate leaves. In spring, it bears clusters of pale yellow flowers. Height & Spread 60cm (2ft).

Rhododendron 'Snipe' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Snipe' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A small, evergreen shrub with deep green leaves and large, lilac-pink flowers in spring. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Rhododendron 'Tinkerbird' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Tinkerbird' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A compact, bushy, dense, evergreen shrub with oval to elliptic, dark green leaves and loose, rounded clusters of fragrant, funnel-shaped, pink-flushed white flowers in mid to late spring. Height & Spread 75cm (2.5ft).

Rhododendron 'Tortoiseshell Orange'

Rhododendron 'Tortoiseshell Orange'

A dense, upright, evergreen shrub with deep green leaves and orange flowers in early summer. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

Rhododendron 'Van'

Rhododendron 'Van'

An upright, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and, in late spring and early summer, large clusters of funnel-shaped, bright pink flowers, often slightly darker towards the center.

Rhododendron 'Wee Bee' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

Rhododendron 'Wee Bee' (Dwarf Rhododendron)

A compact, mound-forming to spreading, evergreen shrub with elliptic, dark green leaves and, in mid-spring, clusters of funnel-shaped, pink flowers, flushed red on the outside. Height 50cm (1.5ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Rhododendron catawbiense 'Lord Roberts'

Rhododendron catawbiense 'Lord Roberts'

A medium evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and rounded clusters of dark crimson flowers with a black flare. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Rhododendron ponticum 'Silver Edge'

Rhododendron ponticum 'Silver Edge'

A vigorous, dense, evergreen shrub bearing elliptic to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves with narrow, creamy-white margins and clusters of broadly funnel-shaped, lilac flowers in spring. Height & Spread 2m (6ft).

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 sanguineum 'King Edward VII' (Flowering Currant)

Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' (Flowering Currant)

A compact, upright deciduous shrub wth lobed foliage. In spring, before its leaves have emerged, it bears clusters of dark-red flowers, followed by blue-black berries in summer. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 1.5m (5ft).

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 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.

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).

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 'Aurea' (Golden Elder)

Sambucus nigra 'Aurea' (Golden Elder)

A fairly vigorous, deciduous, bushy shrub. It is grown for its yellow foliage and prolific, fragrant white flowers in spring. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

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).

Santolina chamaecyparissus (Cotton Lavender)

Santolina chamaecyparissus (Cotton Lavender)

An evergreen shrub with fine, aromatic foliage. In summer, it is covered with a mass of spherical, yellow flowers. Trim back after flowering. Plant in full sun. Height 60cm (2ft), Spread 1m (3ft).

Senecio greyi

Senecio greyi

An evergreen shrub with downy, grey-green, ovate leaves and stems. Throughout summer and early autumn, it bears bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers. Plant in a sunny site. Height & Spread 1.5m (5ft).

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.

Spiraea 'Arguta' (Bridal Wreath)

Spiraea 'Arguta' (Bridal Wreath)

A deciduous shrub with graceful, arching branches which bear fine pale green leaves and spikes of tiny, pure white flowers in spring. Grows in sun or partial shade. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Spiraea japonica 'Candlelight' (Japanese Spirea)

Spiraea japonica 'Candlelight' (Japanese Spirea)

A small, deciduous shrub with orange-red growth in spring, tuning brighter orange-red before it changes to lime green. Pink flowers appear in spring. In autumn the leaves turn a firey red.

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 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 'Katherine Havemeyer' (Lilac)

Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' (Lilac)

A deciduous shrub with panicles of fragrant, double, purple-pink flowers in spring and 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 '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).

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 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).

Vinca major (Large-Leaved Periwinkle)

Vinca major (Large-Leaved 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 'Argenteovariegata' (Lesser Periwinkle)

Vinca minor 'Argenteovariegata' (Lesser Periwinkle)

A vigorous, mat-forming, evergreen subshrub bearing ovate, grey-green leaves with pale yellow to creamy-white margins and violet-blue flowers from spring to autumn. Height 10cm (4in), Spread 1m (3ft).

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 florida 'Foliis Purpureis'

Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureis'

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


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