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
A deciduous and fully hardy dwarf shrub cultivated for autumn foliage. Green summer foliage turns brilliant pink to dark red in late summer to early autumn, accented by red seed pots that open to reveal bright orange seeds. Very robust and tolerant, thriving best in moist but well-drained soils in either full sun or partial shade. RHS Award of Garden Merit. H: up to 1m
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
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
Mop-head hydrangea. Great garden plant especially in a cooler or shadier spot. This variety has large white flowers tinged pink and is considerd the best white in the Hortensia hydrangea group. Fully hardy. H: 1.2m
A fine example of the classic 'mop-headed' hydrangeas, raised in 1870 and noted for nearly black stems and cream flowers that fade to rose pink. Best in dappled shade and reasonably moist conditions. Fully hardy. H: about 1.2m
Vigorous deciduous shrub with glossy leaves and large panicles of creamy sterile flowers and pinkish fertile flowers in late summer; best in moist soil and partial shade. Cut back in early spring. H: 2-3m
Hardy shrub for cooler and/or moister part of the garden. Creamy-white flower panicles age to shades of pink by late summer. Prune hard in early spring to encourage new growth. Fully hardy. H: 2m if unpruned.
Medium-sized shrub, ideal for a cool and lighty shaded spot, preferably on reasonably moist soil. Very pretty lace-cap flower-heads with blue central fertile florets surrounded by white sterile 'honey guides' aging in late summer to pink and red. Spectacular fiery red foliage in the autumn. Fully hardy. H:1m+
Large, conical, female evergreen shrub or medium-sized tree. Produces large red berries. Will tolerate light shade and prefers moist but well drained soil. H:7m. Hybrid of I. aquifolium and I. latifolia. AGM
Evergreen rounded shrub with dark green holly-like leaves, native to western China. Masses of pendent racemes of green-white flowers smother the plant in high summer. These have a powerful sweet-honey fragrance on warm nights which will attract numerous moths. Best in moist but well drained soil in full sun with shelter from the coldeset winter winds. Fully hardy. RHS Award of Garden Merit. H:1-2m
Deep yellow single flowers fading to cream flowering upright, deciduous shrub. Bright green leaves turning yellowish in the Autumn. Flowers are c. 6cm wide in April-May. Very eye catching. Hardy. Full sun. H:2m
A rare and elegant deciduous shrub honeysuckle from China. Narrow, tubular cream/white flowers with a rosy flush at the base in late winter. Wonderfully fragrant. Best in full sun or lightly dappled shade in moist but well drained soil. Cut out old wood in late spring to encourage new flowering wood. Fully hardy. H: 1-2m