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
Neillia is a lovely deciduous shrub grown for profuse clusters of pink-white flowers in the spring and early summer and a graceful arching habit. Prefers moist soil in sun or part shade. Fully hardy. Prune old wood hard after flowering to encourage fresh flower-bearing stems the following year. H:2m
Rounded evergreen shrub with oval glossy dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant tubular white flowers in mid-late spring. Fully hardy and easy to grow in either full sun or partial shade on moist but well-drained soil. Prune after flowering. Could be used as a very ornamental, somewhat rounded hedge. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. H:1-3m depending on pruning.
Very attractive upright shrub with grey stems and silver-grey heavily lobed leaves. Tubular violet-blue flowers in long panicles in late summer. Prune right back mid-spring. Hardy. Well-drained soil. H:1.2m. AGM
Unusual Mock Orange with distinctly marbled foliage. Very fragrant single white flowers in early summer. Prune older wood hard after flowering. Best in light shade with a moist but well drained soil. H:2m. Fully hardy.
Beautifully fragrant deciduous shrub. Dark green and glossy leaves and a super-abundance of pure white double flowers in early summer. Prune old wood hard after flowering. Happy in full sun or light shade in moist and fertile soils. Fully hardy. H:1-1.5m