A guide to species and cultivars of popular or useful plants for landscaping or use in public green spaces, with tips on how to use them.
A graceful habit, lots of fragrant flowers and attractive foliage are the key facets of this genus, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Traditionally grown for wood and nuts, hazels are also good in woodland planting and hedgerows, says Miranda Kimberley.
Distinctive coloured barks are the outstanding merits of these attractive trees and shrubs.
Serrated leaves, twisted bark and tasty nuts make the sweet chestnut a highly prized tree, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These prairie plants are easy to grow in well-drained soil and will perform best in full sun, Miranda Kimberley advises.
The most popular species, A. Mollis and A. Spinosus need plenty of space at the back of the border, Miranda Kimberley reports.
Vivid blue flowers make these plants stand out in the garden and attract bees and butterflies, says Miranda Kimberley.
These exotic annuals with erect plumes or long tassels of flowers can make a bold statement, Miranda Kimberley finds.
These majestic evergreen trees with their striking needles need lots of space to grow to their full glory, says Miranda Kimberley.
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Yellow flowers and trifoliate leaves make this little-grown legume an attractive garden choice, says Miranda Kimberley.
These trees have been around since before the dinosaurs so they are hardy survivors suitable for many schemes, says Miranda Kimberley.
Lilacs may not be trendy but they offer fragrance and colour when flowering in May and June, says Miranda Kimberley.
The bright blooms of these colourful hardy perennials make them ideal for borders, writes Miranda Kimberley
Spring would be unthinkable without the spectacular blossom of ornamental cherries, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Limes are popular street trees that are also good for creating avenues and many species are an excellent source of nectar for honeybees, says Miranda Kimberley.
Ranging from large weeping willows to species suitable for rock gardens, this genus offers attractive foliage, catkins and stems, says Miranda Kimberley.
These bright-yellow flowers make an excellent show in spring or summer, says Miranda Kimberley.
These shrubs offer attractive spring flowers as well as great autumn colour, says Miranda Kimberley.
These small trees or shrubs feature pendent white flowers and distinctive winged fruits, says Miranda Kimberley.
Neat leaves, a tough constitution and fragrant flowers are a winning combination, says Miranda Kimberley.
These deciduous, spiny trees can tolerate pollution, making them a good choice for parks and gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.
With star- or bell-shaped flowers mainly with blue accents, these bulbs make a splendid contribution to any spring display, says Miranda Kimberley.
Fragrant flowers and lustrous leaves help these often overlooked shrubs and small trees to stand out, says Miranda Kimberley.
Frequently grown as a specimen tree, this genus is valued for its autumn leaf colour, attractive bark and winter flowers, Bethan Norris discovers.
This tough genus includes trees that can cope with pollution and poor soils but disease and leaf litter are challenges, says Miranda Kimberley.
These lesser-known summer-blooming bulbs feature elegant bell-shaped white and green flowers, says Miranda Kimberley.
These hardy plants offer year-round interest thanks to their changing leaf colour, bright berries and corymbs of flowers, says Bethan Norris.