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

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.

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Abelia 'sherwoodii

Beautiful semi-evergreen medium size shrub. White flowers in late summer.

SE. Akebia quinta - 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.

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.

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

“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.

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

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

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (1.5 metres) <5-6> AGM

“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.

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

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

E. Fatsia japonica (2 metres) <> AGM

Can also be grown indoors! This is a striking shrub which gives a really ‘jungly’ feel to any garden. Large glossy leaves and showy creamy/white flowers in autumn make this a very handsome specimen plant.


Excellent plants for mid to late season flowering. We have chosen three good hardy varieties which are suitable for borders or containers. Cut down the old stems in early spring to ensure good bushy growth.

Fuchsia 'Mrs Popple' (1 metre) <7-10> AGM

An upright bushy shrub with flowers of deep pink to purple.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Alba' (2 metres)<7-10>

Light green leaves and pale pink flowers.

E. Halimocistus 'Merrist Wood Cream' (1 metre)

A lovely small evergreen shrub for sunny borders. It has greyish green leaves and pretty creamy yellow flowers in summer.

E. Hebe

Good evergreen shrubs suitable for most gardens. Easy to maintain and generally trouble free. A light trim after flowering will prevent them from becoming too ‘woody’.

Hebe astonii 'Purple Queen' (1 metre) <6-11>

Purple coloured glossy leaves and dark purple flowers; quite a favourite!

Hebe 'Great Orme' (1 metre) <6-10> AGM

Glossy mid green leaves and large pretty pink flowers.

Hebe 'Margret' (60 cm) <6-8> NEW AGM

Dark evergreen leaves with spikes of blue flowers. Good for small gardens and containers.

Hebe rakiensis (60 cm) <5-7> AGM

A good rounded shrub, small apple green leaves and white flowers in summer.

Hebe topiaria (60 cm) <5-7> AGM

Greyish green leaves with small white flowers in summer.

E.Hedera - various varieties

Various varieties of variegated ivy.

E.Helichrysum italicum (60cm) <7-9> NEW AGM

 “Curry Plant”. Strongly aromatic silver leaved shrub with yellow flowers.

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' (4 meters) <7-9> AGM

Golden leaved Hop. A vigorous climber with golden yellow foliage, useful for scrambling through trees. Flowers can be dried for beer making!

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (2 metres) <8-10> AGM

Maginificent dreamy white flower heads up to 20cm across. An excellent Hydrangea for a shady place.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue Wave' (120 cm) <8-10> AGM

A good rounded deciduous shrub with stunning autumn leaf colours. Very floriferous lace cap heads.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Unique' (2 metres) <8-10> AGM

Superb large creamy white flowers fading to pink on this strong growing upright deciduous shrub.

Hydrangea 'Colour Fantasy' (1 metre) <8-10>

Rarely available! Sumptuous deep pink mop head flowers. The leaves turn a rich red in autumn.


SE. Hypericum olympicum (30 cm) <5-9> AGM

A very slow growing dwarf semi-evergreen  shrub suitable for the front of a border or a rockery. Pale lemon flowers from mid to late summer.

Jasminum nudiflorum (3 metres) <12-3> AGM

The well known yellow flowered Winter Jasmine which brightens up dark corners throughout the winter months.

Jasminum officinale (6 metres) <6-9> AGM

“Summer Jasmine”. Vigorous twining deciduous climber with very fragrant white flowers from mid to late summer

Lathyrus latifolius (2 metres) AGM

“Everlasting Sweet Pea”. Vigorous perennial climbing sweet pea for fences or walls in sunny places.

E. Laurus nobilis (5 metres) AGM

“Bay Tree”. Handsome evergreen, grown for its aromatic leaves used in soups and stews. Prefers shelter from cold winds. Can be trimmed to interesting shapes!

E. Lavender <6-9>

A favourite of many people, it has many uses – as low hedging, for scent, to attract bees, for use as a dried flower. All lavenders need to grow in full sun in a fairly dry soil. Pruning is important to keep the plants bushy – prune after flowering and again in the spring.

E. Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' AGM

Very popular dwarf shrub with dark purple flowers.

E. Lavandula a. 'Munstead'

Somewhat bigger than some lavenders with lilac/purple flowers.

E. Lavandula 'Vera'

Pale lavender coloured flowers on long stems.

E. Lavandula x intermedia 'Grappenhall'

Silvery leaves and bluish/purple flowers.

Leycesteria formosa (2 metres) <6-8>

A very adaptable upright shrub which will happily grow in sun or shade. White flowers are followed by dark red berries.

Lonicera fragrantissima (2 metres) <11-3>

A shrubby honeysuckle with deliciously scented creamy white flowers in winter. A bushy deciduous shrub which is very easy to grow.

SE. Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' (5 metres) <6-8>

A vigorous, semi-evergreen climber with twining stems. The scented white flowers fade to yellow.

E. Lonicera japonica 'Hall's Prolific' (4 metres) <7-9>

An evergreen honeysuckle with strongly scented white flowers in late summer.

E. Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold' (3 metres) AGM

Bushy evergreen. Useful for hedging or topiary

Lonicera 'Serotina' (4 metres) <6-9>AGM

Vigorous deciduous climber with dark green, almost purple leaves. The flowers are white and reddish purple.

E. Lotus hirsutus (60 cm) <6-9> AGM

An attractive small evergreen shrub for sunny, dry palces. Silver/grey leaves and pea-like pinky white flowers.