A vigorous, evergreen shrub with arching branches, mid-green leaves and clusters of pink-red flowers in summer and autumn followed by purple-red fruit. Best grown in full sun and moist but well drained soil, preferably in a sheltered and sunny position. Native to the southern USA and South America to Chile. Hardy to -5C, possibly colder when more mature. Poisonous if ingested.
Thorny shrub with glossy green leaves. Creamy-pink flowers emerge from pink buds in spring on older wood, fading to a rich, deep pink ,followed by large yellow-flushed red fruit in late summer - perfect for jelly-making. Fully hardy and equally content in full sun or even quite pronounced shade. Trim back to shape after flowering but avoid heavy pruning if possible. H:1-2m.
A most elegant and rare shrub , potentially a small tree, from the Far East, bearing masses delicate sprays of fragrant white flowers in early summer. Fringe trees grow best in quite sheltered positions on reliably moist an reasonably rich soil, so improve with well rotted garden compost before planting. Fully hardy.
Very attractive specimen plant. Spreading deciduous shrub. Glossy leaves. Lovely fragrant white flowered panicles in summer. Fully hardy. Will do best in well-drained soils in full sun. North American. H+W:3m.
Glossy evergreen medium-sized shrub. Fragrant white flowers in late spring and in summer/autumn. Ideal for a sunny corner. Frost hardy. Well-drained soils in full sun will give the best results. Protect from cold winds by planting in south or south-west facing positions. H:2.5m. AGM
Compact, evergreen shrub, with fragrant white flowers from pink buds in late spring and, after a warm summer, in autumn as well. Finely cut evergreen foliage in rcih green. Ideal for a sunny corner. Fully hardy. Prefers a moist but wWell-drained soil in a sunny position. Height will be 1m to 2.5m depending on pruning. . Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit
Sun-loving, upright, evergreen shrub, which will do best on sharply draining soil, in full sun and sheltered from the worst winter winds. This form has unusually large white flowers with golden stamens in early summer. Cut back lightly after flowering to encourage new growth. Fully hardy. H:1m
Medium-sized evergreen shrub bearing a profusion of single white flowers with yellow centres in summer. Cistus 'Chelsea Bonnet' thrives best in a hot, sunny position, in well drained and even poor soils. Trim back lightly after flowering to encourage bushiness. Fully hardy, but do not plant where cold northerly winds predominate. H:about 1m.
Cistus 'Snow White' is an evergreen shrub with sticky green leaves which will produce a succession of pure white, bowl-shaped flowers. Each flower lasts one day and is highlighted by a central crown of golden anthers. Flowering persists over several weeks in summer. Thrives in full sun and well drained soils, and once established is very drought tolerant. Trim back lightly after flowering to encourage bushiness. Fully hardy. H: 1m
Upright, deciduous shrub with abundant, sweetly-scented pink flowers in late summer. Will attracts bees and other pollinating insects. Prefers light shade, moist but well drained soil; resents chalky soils. Prune to size in the spring if required to control overall size. H+W: 1-2m