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.
Small hardy deciduous shrub with tiny green flowers in late spring early summer followed by a delicate mass of tiny leaves. Happy in sun or partial shade, and prefers moist but well drained soil. Spreads underground with adventitious roots and so useful as a ground cover plant. H:60cm+
Delightful slender-branched spreading shrub with small glaucous green leaves and soft pink and very fragrant flowers in the spring/early summer. Very robust and tolerant, and will do well in full sun or light shade. Cut out old wood after flowering. Native to China and Tibet. Fully hardy. H:1-3m.
Spreading evergreen subshrub. Attractive densely hairy silvery grey-green leaves. Pale pink to white flowers in summer and to a lesser extent again in early autumn. H:60cm. Full sun and well-drained soil. Protect from cold wet in winter.
A beautiful, large deciduous shrub from Japan, Korea and China; large white scented flowers from May to July. As a woodland specialist it prefers dappled shade and reasonably moist soil. Fully hardy. H: probably growing to 2-3m
A large, spreading deciduous shrub, or small tree, to 6m, with narrowly-ovate leaves. Nodding, cup-shaped white flowers up to 10cm in width, highly scented, with crimson stamens. The leaves are elliptic to lanceolate, with a softly hairy, cinnamon coloured underside. The flowers are pendant, about 10cmm in diameter, pure white and sweetly fragrant, with distinctive crimson stamens. Best in full sun or partial shade in fertile, moist and well drained soils. Fully hardy.
Upright evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves; fragrant white flowers in autumn. Crushed leaves produce a distinct and attractive aromatic perfume which is used in Sardinia to make 'mirto', an alcoholic liquer. In classical Greek mythology, myrtle was sacred to the goddess Aphrodite and is to this day used in traditional wedding bouquets.Prefers full sun and a sheltered site. Frost hardy. H: 2m
Myrtle. Evergreen shrub with small shiny evergreen leaves, a compact, rounded habit and masses of fragrant white flowers in summer. Plant in a sheltered, well-drained and warm location; prune lighlty in spring to maintain shape. Hardy to -15°C. H: about 1.2m