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.
Small tree or very large shrub. Often erroneously identified as a laurel on account of its large, glossy evergreen foliage which has a characteristic red velvety underside. Very large creamy-white flowers in summer make an exceptional display. Does best in a sheltered position, for example against a large south-facing wall or as a specimen tree in a sheltered garden. Fully hardy. H: typically 3-6m in East Anglia
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.
Honey Flower. A magnificent plant, grown for its large, aromatic, grey-green leaves. Best in full sun and reasonably well drained soil; a dry mulch during severe cold may be advisable. S. African origin. H: up to 2m
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.
Mountain or Tree Paeony. Superb hardy perennial, native of Chinese mountains, capable of growing to between 1-2m in height. Large, brilliantly lavender mauve flowers are borne in early summer. Appreciates a rich soil. Fully hardy.