Narrow leaved deep green evergreen shrub, with maroon colouring. Unusual white flowers like bubbles emerge from the leaf midrib in spring and late summer. Best in light shade and well-drained soil with regular summer water. Both male and female plants are needed for purple fruit to form. This unusual plant is a colorful addition to the woodland garden. Hardy. H: 2m eventually.
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+
Bushy deciduous shrub with lobed leaves and masses of large, single, pure white flowers from mid- to late-summer. Grow in a sheltered part of the garden, preferably facing south or south west with shelter from cold northerly winds, in rich, moist but well drained soil; happy on chalky soil. Fully hardy and growing to about 2m.
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
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
Much improved form of paniculate hydrangea, producing very large panicles of pure-white flowers from mid-summer to early autumn on strong and upright stems. Produces a succession of long-lived flower heads. Easy to grow, prefering cool and lightly shaded conditions. Fully hardy. Height: 3m and spread: 2m, depending on pruning regime.
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.
Compact, deciduous shrub, ideal for cool and slightly moist positions. Beautiful, large and very full white flower panicles in late summer through to autumn. Cut back in spring to encourage bushiness. RHS Award of Garden Merit (2008) Fully hardy. H:1-2m
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
A small shrub, native of northern China, Korea and southern Japan and grown in the UK since the early 20th century. Sun-loving and best planted against a south-facing wall, Indogofera kirilowii will produces racemes of rose-coloured flowers in mid to late summer. Effectively fully hardy in a sheltered garden, a very severe winter can cut the plant back but it is highly likely to recover with re-newed vigour.