Potentially large, upright, deciduous shrub. Grey-green leaves, with irregular white margins and white flowers in early summer. Vigorous and capable of making a large shrub in a few seasons - hard pruning in spring will control this and also encourage the growth of bright red fresh stems, Very robust. Hardy. H:3m.
Very attractive small, deciduous and shrubby tree. Deep purple leaves and purplish catkins and edible nuts in the autumn. Fully Hardy. Full sun will produce the most dramatic dark leaf colouring. Cut back in spring to control size if desired. H: ultimately up to 6m with out cutting back
Deciduous shrub preferring sun or some shade. Mid- green rounded leaves turn a gorgeous bright orangey-red in the autumn. Striking orange-red cloudy flower heads in mid-late summer. H:3m or more or cut back in spring to control size once established. A fully hardy and choice plant, Cotinus 'Flame' will grow into a magnificent specimen plant.
Spreading evergreen shrub with glossy pointed leaves. Striking creamy yellow berries in late autumn. Very tolerant of most conditions, enjoying sun or shade. Fully hardy. Cut back as desired to maintain shape and size. The flowers are much appreciated by bees. H:3m.
Compact and rounded shrub, bearing a profusion of white flowers, the reverse of each petal flushed pink in spring/early summer. Fully hardy. Plant in full sun and moist but well drained soil. Once established, cut back the old wood hard after flowering to encourage new shoots in the current summer which willthen form flower-bearing shoots the following year. Height and spread: about: 1.2m
Medium size shrub, growing to 2m, with dense panicles of white to white-pink flowers in summer. Prefers full sun and moist but well drained soil. Fully hardy. Native to mixed forests, mountain slopes and valleys at 500-800m altitude in the eastern Chinese provinces of Anhui, Fujian, Hubei, Jiangxi, Shaanxi and Zhejiang.
The Tasmanian Mountain Pepper is a useful evergreen shrub suitable for a sunny or semi shaded site in a relatively sheltered position. The plant is hardy down to -5 to -10. The dark, glossy green leaves emerge from red stems; the bark and leaves are strongly scented of cinnamon. Fragrant greenish yellow flowers emerge in spring. H: 2-4m.
Beautiful hardy sun loving deciduous shrub. Arching spreading nature with attractive silver leaves and silvery shoots. Extremely fragrant, small sulphur yellow flowers produced from silver buds in summer. H:4m. Fertile well drained soil. AGM
Fully hardy shrub with distinctive pointed leaf buds, green leaves turn fiery red in autumn. Large red pods in autumn with bright orange seeds. Choice shrub that becomes a highly-eye catching focal point in late summer and autumn. Very tolerant, and will do well in any decent garden soil in full sun or partial shade. H:2-2.5m
Hybrid of E. amygdaloides and E. characias, forming a bold evergreen sub-shrub. Numerous yellow-green flowers from spring to midsummer and characteristic reddish stems. Full sun or semi shade. Hardy. H: 60cm
Spreading evergreen shrub with thick lobed large leathery mid green leaves. Small creamy - white flowers form in globular clusters in late summer-autumn. Full sun or dappled shade. Protect from winds. Frost hardy. Well drained soil. H+W:1.5-4m.
Spring flowering hardy shrub, enjoying full sun or perhaps dappled shade on any decent garden soil. Large soft primrose yellow flowers in profusion in spring, a much softer colour than the ubiquitous Forsythia x intermedia. Cut old wood hard after flowering to encourage blooms the following years. Attracts bees. Fully hardy. H: 2m
Beautiful winter-flowering shrub. Attractive mid green leaves turning orange to yellow and red in autumn. Unusual crimped fragrant sulphur-yellow-greenish flowers in midwinter. Acid or neutral soil in sun or partial shade. Preferably quite moist soil for best result so mulch well if in doubt and incorporate well-rotted garden compost when planting. AGM
A wonderful shrubby ivy; useful for screening or hedging or for a specimen plant. The ivy has glossy, dark green leaves, with cream-white flowers in early winter and then fruits. It is slow growing and doesn't grow much more than 1m in height. Well drained soil in partial shade. Hardy
A really lovely hardy shrub or small tree for full sun or light shade. Bears fragrant creamy white flowers in September followed by vivid red seed capsules. Interesting grey 'cracked' bark in mature examples, hence the alternative name of 'ribbon bark'. H:3m+
Deciduous shrub. Flowering late in the summer. Interesting mop head cream flowers which turn pink-purple in late summer. Striking autumn foliage colour. Shade and reasonably moist soil for best results. H:1.5m
A beautiful hydrangea bearing large creamy-white spherical flowerheads in summer with attractive lime green leaves. Prefers partial shade and moister soils - if in doubt, add plenty of organic matter when planting and mulch generously each spring. Fully hardy. If desired, cut hard each spring to encourage fresh flowering stems and to control overall size. RHS AGM H+W: 1.5m.
Magically beautiful shrub, producing clouds of mauve flowers, surrouded by mauve-pink honey guides in mid to late summer. Very tactile, softly hairy and elegant leaves are up to to 20cm long. Rich and reasonably moist soils in part shade for the most spectacualr results, but actaully quie tolerant of poor soils even in full sun. Fully hardy. Height: :1 to 2m