Evergreen shrub with aromatic foliage. growing to about 1 or 2m in height and width. Small, ovate green leaves with a powerful aroma of mint when crushed. Masses of purple flowers in high summer. Happy in any well drained soil, including both sandy and chalky conditions. Not hardy, so best kept in a pot that is overwintered in a frost-free environment. Native to south-east Australia.
Hardy, spreading shrub, preferring dappled shade or sun in dry gardens. H:1-3m. Bristly, spiny stems and lobed dark green leaves. Attractive tubular fuchsia-like dark red flowers followed by orange fruits.
Very attractive shrubby perennial with heavily dissected grey-green leaves. Large delicate white poppy heads, with pronounced yellow yolks for centres, in summer. Full sun. Well drained soil. H: 1.5m. Vigorous.
Aromatic sun-loving shrub. Dark green foliage, dark blue flowers in summer. Cut back after flowering to encourage new growth. Best in full sun and moist but well drained soil. Many uses in the kitchen. H: about 1m
Japanese wineberry. Large, very attractive ornamental shrub with good foliage, red bristly stems, pretty pink blossom and bright red edible fruit. In other words, looks good all year ! Fully hardy. H: 2m
Thicket-forming shrub from China. Leaves variable in colour from mid-green to silver. very beautiful white-silver stems in winter. Red-purple flowers in summer. Fully hardy. Cut back hard in spring H: 1m
Exceptionally fine form of ornamental elder, with dark purple and finely cut foliage, with pink flowers in early summer. Best in full sun to keep dark colouring. Fully hardy. H: several metres if not cut back in the spring, in which case size can be limited to as little as one metre in height and width.