Striking and very beautiful medium-sized shrub suitable for partial shade. Large blue-green and softly velvety leaves up to 30 cm long. Violet-pink and white sterile flowers in a large heads 20cm across in mid-late summer. Will perform best in cool and lightly shaded conditions, preferably on moister soils. A generous spring mulch could be beneficial. Hardy to -15C. H: 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
Very attractive late flowering deciduous shrub. Large greeny- white flower panicles in late summer-autumn, later changing to pink. Prune old wood hard early in the season to grow a more comapct plant, or leave alone to establish a larger specimen. Prefers partial shade. Hardy. H:90cm to 1.5m depending on pruning regime.
Oak-leaved hydrangea. Mound forming and deciduous. Deeply lobed green leaves turning purple in autumn. Tall white panicles of flowers occur mid-summer-autumn. Hardy. H:1m W:1.5m. Sun or shade. Moist soil.
Robust shrub or small, slow growing evergreen tree. Dense, dark purple stems, deep green leaves with creamy margins. Bright red berries in autumn. Prefers moist but well drained soil in full sun for best colour but actually grows very in the shade as well. Fully hardy. H:2-6m
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
Compact, dwarf shrub,, with grey-green leaves and spikes of fragrant white flowers in summer.. Prune lightly in early spring, no harder than 4 inches. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Fully hardy. H:30cm
One of the classics of the English garden. Floriferous, compact lavander with greyish foliage and dark purple vibrant flowers. Superb for bees and wonderful lavender fragrance. Cut back, a third into the foliage, after flowering in September. Trim lightly in early spring if reguired. Full sun required. Well drained soil H: 30cm. Hardy
Grey-green leaved aromatic shrub, bearing blue-purple flowers throughout summer. Fully hardy. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Trim back after flowering to encourage new growth for next year's flowers. H: 60cm.