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Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark’Otto Luyken’ is a spreading medium-sized evergreen shrub of dense, low growth, with narrow, glossy dark green leaves. Flowers small, white in erect racemes; fruits cherry-like, red turning glossy black
Common Name: cherry laurel ‘Otto Luyken’
Family: Rosaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Leaves may be damaged by vine weevil and leaf-mining moths
Pruning: Pruning group 1. In areas where silver leaf is prevalent pruning may be done in mid-summer
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in any moist but well-drained moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Its spreading habit makes it useful groundcover but may become chlorotic on poorer, shallow chalky soils
Garden characteristics: Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes or Ground Cover

Omphalodes linifolia


Omphalodes can be annuals, biennials or perennials, with simple leaves and terminal racemes or cymes of blue or white flowers resembling those of Myosotis (forget-me-not)O. linifolia is a slender, branching annual with narrow grey-green leaves and open racemes of white flowers 1.5cm across in late spring and summer
Common Name: Venus’s navelwort
Family: Boraginaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Damage by slugs and snails may be a problem
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Grow in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Mediterranean Climate Plants

Daphne × napolitana


Daphne can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers, often followed by colourful berries

D. x napolitana is a compact evergreen shrub to 75cm, with blunt dark green leaves to 3cm in length, and terminal clusters of small, fragrant rosy-purple flowers fading slightly with age

Common Name: Neapolitan mezereon
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Color flower: Pink and Purple in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by aphids
Pruning: Pruning group 8 or pruning group 1
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soils in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Not reliably hardy in exposed conditions. Resents transplanting
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Rock Garden

Olearia stellulata DC.


Olearia can be evergreen shrubs, small trees or herbaceous perennials, with simple, leathery, toothed or entire leaves and corymbs of daisy-like flower-heads

O. stellulata is a bushy upright evergreen shrub with grey-green, oblong leaves white-felted beneath, and loose clusters of small, yellow-centred, white daisy-like flower-heads in spring and early summer

Common Name: Victorian snowbush
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: White and Yellow in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H3 (may need winter protection)
Color foliage: Green, Grey/Silver and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: Hedging/Screens, Coastal or Low Maintenance

Echeveria ‘Frank Reinelt’


Echeveria can be evergreen succulent perennials or subshrubs with rosettes of colourful, fleshy leaves and racemes or panicles of urn-shaped flowers

‘Frank Reinelt’ is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of thick, dark green leaves with red margins and tips, becoming more colourful in sun and in winter; urn-shaped pale green and pink flowers in dense clusters

Common Name: echeveria ‘Frank Reinelt’
Family: Crassulaceae
Color flower: Pink and Pale Green in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter. Stand plants outside during the summer months
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Calathea makoyana – very interesting plant


Calathea are evergreen rhizomatous perennials forming clumps of elliptic leaves, often attractively patterned; spikes of small flowers are seldom produced in cultivation

C. makoyana is a clump-forming evergreen perennial, with long-stalked ovate silvery-green leaves, with darker veins and regular dark blotches each side of the midrib, and purple beneath; small purple and white flowers in spikes

Common Name: peacock plant
Family: Marantaceae
Color flower: Purple and White in Summer
Hardiness: H1b (heated greenhouse – subtropical)
Color foliage: Pale Green, Dark Green and Dark Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get aphids and glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in a warm sheltered frost-free area in moist but well-drained soil. Grow under glass in loam-less or loam-based compost in indirect or filtered light in draught-free condtions. Will tolerate low light levels. Bright light can cause leaf scorch
Garden characteristics: Sub-tropical or Patio/Container Plants

Aquilegia ‘Bluebird’ (Songbird Series)


Aquilegia are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with long-stalked, ternately divided basal leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing bell-shaped flowers with spreading, coloured sepals and petals with spurs, on branched stems

‘Bluebird’ is an upright perennial with divided, grey-green leaves and slightly nodding flowers with spreading, dark-tipped, light blue sepals and white petals with straight, blue spurs

Common Name: columbine ‘Bluebird’
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: Blue and White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by aphids
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs