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
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
Evergreen, spreading and low growing shrub, very useful for tumbling over low walls or along the edges of paths or patios. Bright pinky-red flowers throughout the summer. H:20cm. Full sun. Well-drained soil. Hardy.
Evergreen, spreading and low growing shrub, very useful for tumbling over low walls or along the edges of paths or patios. Pale pink flowers with slightly darker centres and sfot golden stamens throughout the summer. H:20cm. Full sun. Well-drained soil. Hardy.
Low-growing, evergreen, dwarf shrub for a hot sunny location; lots of primrose-yellow flowers in summer. Ideal for a rockery, or over the edge of a low wall. Clip back after flowering. H: 15cm; W: up to 1m
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.
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