Sun-loving hardy shrub, ideal for poor and dry soils. Whilst the flowering may be brief Cistus 'Jester' more than compensates with the abundance of rich pink flowers that look made of crumpled tissue paper with a crown of golden stamens at the centre. Trim back after flowering to keep neat and to encourage fresh growth for next years blooms. Great for bees. Fully hardy. H: about 50-75cm
Vigorous shrub with pale green ovate leaves that will do best in full sun and well-drained soil.. Lovely bright yellow pea-like flowers throughout summer follwed by bladder-like seed pods. Fully hardy. Prune after flowering to control size and shape if desired. H:2-3m unpruned.
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.
Evergreen shrub from S.E. Xizang, China. Small glossy green leaves on arching stems. Masses of small white flowers will attract great numbers of bees whilst the the brilliant red berries in the winter will be welcome food for birds. May reach 2m in cultivation or cut back to desired size. Fully hardy.
Evergreen shrub, native to China and Japan Mid green leaves with paler margins. Very fragrant purplish pink flowers, from dark pink buds, emerge in late winter. Part shade preferred, but will grow in sun. H: 1.5m. At least frost hardy, in our expereince fully hardy if sheltered from very cold northerly winds in winter. Good loamy soil, moisture-retentive and with good drainage prefered for best results.