AGM. Indicates the plant has been trialled by the Royal Horticultural Society and is deemed “garden worthy” and generally a good all-round plant.
Plants new to us this year are shown with NEW against the name
Heights are given in centimetres or metres after the name in brackets thus: (75 cm) or (1.5 metres) and are the likely height after 5 years. To convert to ‘old fashioned’ units: 30 cm = 1 foot approx, 90 cm = 3 feet approx.
Flowering times are given by month thus: <3-5>, i.e. March-May; however this is variable and depends on the season and other climatic factors.
Evergreen shrubs will have an ‘E’ immediately before the name, semi-evergreen being shown by ‘SE’

Shrubs add structure to the garden and provide cover and nest sites for birds and small mammals. We have a range of deciduous, evergreen and scented shrubs to suit any garden

Plant Name/Description

SE. Abelia x grandiflora  (2 metres) <8-10>


All gardens should have one of these beautiful shrubs. Small leaves are glossy dark green with clusters of white flowers on gracefully arching stems make this a wonderful flowering shrub.

SE.  Abelia grandiflora ‘Francis Mason’  (2 metres) <8-10>


As above but the leaves are a warm yellow colour.

SE. Akebia quinata – Climber

Semi-evergreen twining climber with fragrant purple flowers

Amelanchier lamarckii (3 metres) <3-4> NEW AGM
One of the best shrubs available. Pretty white spring blossom and good autumn colour

E. Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’  (2 metres)

An essential plant for winter colour. Leathery dark green leaves splashed with yellow will darken up a dark corner. The addition of red – turning to black – berries is a bonus. Easy and trouble free to grow

Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’  (2 metres) <4-5>

I am very keen on purple leaved plants even those with spines. This looks good planted in drifts of Lychnis coron. Alba. Small orange flowers in spring.

Callistemon ‘Crimson Tail’  (1.5 metres) <7-9> 

Tonghi bottlebrush“. A splendid evergreen shrub from Australia. Arching stems have bright red ‘bottlebrush’ flowers in mid-late summer. It will grow best in a sheltered garden in full sun.

Caryopteris ‘Heavenly Blue’ (1 metre) <7-9> NEW

Deep blue flowers in mid to late summer with grey leaves

Catalpa bignoides  (to 10 metres) <>


Indian Bean Tree” with big leaves and white flowers.

Ceanothus – (up to 3 metres) <5-7>  An essential shrub; it will happily grow against walls and fences. Fast growing with evergreen glossy leaves and eye-catching blue flowers loved by bees. Requires a sunny position and any decent soil. Can be pruned immediately after flowering.

E. Ceanothus ‘Puget Blue’

Small dark green leaves and deep blue flowers

E. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’ 

Bushy shrub with shiny mid-green leaves and dark blue flowers in spring/early summer

E. Choisya ternata    (2 metres)  <5-7>


Mexican Orange Blossom“. Compact shrub with glossy aromatic evergreen leaves. The fragrant white flowers appear from late spring onwards. A valuable addition to any garden.

Cistus <6-8>  –  “Rock Rose” or “Sun Rose”, these are wonderful evergreen plants from the Mediterranean. They are therefore especially suited for dry sunny gardens where they will reward you with a striking display of white or pink flowers in summer. Trim back after flowering.

Cistus corbariensis  (100 cm) 


White flowers with yellow cetres cover this dense, dark green leaved bushy shrub.

Cistus purpureus  (100 cm)  <6-8> 

A good rounded shrub which has sticky dark green leaves and, in summer, is covered with masses of dark pink flowers

Cistus ‘Sunset’  (60 cm)

Dense shrub with felty grey leaves which contrast beautifullywith purple/pink flowers in summer

E. Convolvulus cneorum  (60 cm)  <6-9>


A really beautiful shrub. The leaves are silky silver-green and evergreen. An abundance of white flowers are bourne from late spring to late sumer. Trim back after flowering.

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ (1.5 metres)  <5-6>


Dogwood“. An excellent all year round plant. Leaves are greyish-green edged with white, the early summer flowers are white, then later there are blue-tinged white berries. Winter colour is provided by red stems. Tolerates damp conditions. Cut back 50% each year in late winter to ensure good colour in winter.
Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’  (2 metres)  <5-6>
 “Dogwood“. Green leaves turn to reddish purple in autumn. After the leaves have fallen, dramatic purple/black stems are revealed for winter time. Tolerates damp and treat as above.
Corokia cotoneaster  (2.5 metres)  <3-4 + later fruit>  NEW
“Wire Netting Bush”. Interlacing branches with dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant yellow flowers followed by red or yellow fruit.Ht to 2.5m

Cotinus cog. ‘Royal Purple’  <7-9> 

Smoke Bush“. A must for every garden. A deciduous shrub with rich damson/purple leaves which turn red in the autu,m. Ornamental grasses grown close by make a wonderful contrast

Crassula sarcocaulis  (30 cm)  <7-9> 

An unusual bushy succulant with fleshy stems and an abundance of pungent pink flowers. Sells on sight! Needs a well drained soil and full sun

E. Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (100 cm)  <1-3>


One of the best scented shrubs one can choose. A bushy evergreen shrub with wonderfully fragrant pink flowers

E. Eleagnus ebbingii  (3 metres)  <10-11>


An extremely useful large evergreen shrub. It has silvery, leathery leaves and, in the autumn, tiny, white, beautifully scented flowers.

E. Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’  (40 cm)  <1-12>

The longest flowering plant I know! Bushy, evergreen with narrow greyish leaves and mauve flowers

E. Escallonia  (2 metres)  <6-9>  –  Essential evergreen flowering shrubs. Dark gree glossy leaves contrast well with flowers ranging in colour from white through to red. They can be used in mixed borders or for hedging

E. Escallonia ‘Donard Radiance’


The rich dark red velvety flowers look wonderful amongst the shiny dark leaves

E. Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. niphophila  (to 6 metres) <4-7>


Alpine Snow Gum“. The lovely pale grey bark is shed annually on this evergreen tree with blue/grey leaves. White/cream flowers from spring to mid summer. Spread from 6 – 15 metres although can be kept to size with regular pruning.

E. Eucalyptus gunnii   (to 10 metres plus)


Cider Gum“. A fast gowing, evergreen tree with attractive foliage. Perhaps best grown in larger gardens, although this tree can be cut back regularly to create a bush. The young foliage is often used in flower arrangements.

E. Euonymus fortunii ‘Emerald Gaiety’  (100 cm)


A very useful small evergreen shrub for sun or shade. Bright green leaves with a white margin turning pink in the winter months.

E. Euonymus fortunii ‘Silver Queen’  (1.5 metres)


Has larger leaves than ‘Emerald Gaiety’ (see above). If grown against a fence or wall, it is a very good evergreen climber for a dark corner. Will grow anywhere!

E. Euonymus jap. ‘Microphyllus Albovariegatus’ (60 cm)


Small variegated evergreen leaves on this very slow growing small shrub

Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’   (2 metres)


One of the most attractive spring flowering shrubs. Pure white flowers on arching stems make a spectacular display