Category Archives for Ornamental Shrubs

FLOWERING PLUM

(deciduous leaf-losing)  The best flowering plums are distinguished by their coloured leaves, which make them decorative from spring to autumn: P. blireiana, 15 to 20 ft., coppery-red leaves and double pink flowers in spring. P. cerasifera nigra, 15 to 25 … Continue reading

16. October 2012 by admin
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PHILADELPHUS (MOCK ORANGE)

(deciduous leaf-losing)  The well-loved mock orange, which bears very fragrant flowers, is often incorrectly called “syringa”, the latin name of the lilac. Plant in a good garden soil from October to February. Prune after flowering by removing some of the … Continue reading

15. October 2012 by admin
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KALMIA

(evergreen) These shrubs belong to the same family as the rhododendrons, and need the same lime-free, peaty soil. They are ideal shrubs planted on a bank where the flowers can be looked at from below. Plant in September, October, April … Continue reading

13. October 2012 by admin
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GAULTHERIA

(evergreen) These small, spreading shrubs, usually 1 ft. or less in height, bear drooping, white flowers in June or July and berries of various colours. They are suitable for ground-cover work. Lime-hating, they thrive in a sedge-peat soil in partial … Continue reading

11. October 2012 by admin
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Cotoneaster

(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)   The cotoneaster is one of the easiest shrubs to grow and is among the most beautiful, both in flower and fruit. Cotoneasters are hardy and require no special soil. There … Continue reading

10. October 2012 by admin
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CUPRESSUS (CYPRESS)

  (evergreen)   Plant from September to November in deep, loamy soil. Cupressus arizonica conica, 20 to 40 ft., conical in shape with blue-green foliage, is a better specimen than: C.  macrocarpa (Monterey cypress), 60 to 90 ft., which, although … Continue reading

10. October 2012 by admin
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CRATAEGUS (THORN, HAWTHORN, QUICK, MAY)

(deciduous leaf-losing) All are perfectly hardy and will grow in any soil. Plant in October to February. Among the most ornamental are: Crataegus oxyacantha coccinea plena (Paul’s double scarlet thorn), 20 ft. or more eventually, very similar to the native … Continue reading

10. October 2012 by admin
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Colourful Shrubs

Colour through the seasons Set your garden alight with colourful shrubs. All year round there need never be a dull moment, and they become more and more attractive as they mature. There is a vast range to choose from in … Continue reading

22. August 2011 by admin
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Sedums and other Early Autumn Flowing Plants

Sedums have dense, often flattened, heads of flowers which can almost completely cover the attractive fleshy foliage. The most familiar flower colours for autumn-flowering sedums are shades of pink, purple and red. Sedum spectabile ‘Carmen’ is an herbaceous plant up … Continue reading

18. June 2011 by admin
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Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and Other Late Spring Plants

Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is unparalleled by any other garden shrub for its beauty, elegance and rich colour in late spring. Named varieties and hybrids, sometimes listed under Syringa x hyacinthiflora, come in a range of colours in addition to … Continue reading

17. June 2011 by admin
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