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.
These shrubs have stunning pea-like flowers, good scent and an undeserved reputation, Miranda Kimberley explains.
These shrubs or small trees produce mainly blue flowers and fantastic glossy leaves, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Colourful flowers and stunning foliage are great rewards for growing this often unfamiliar plant, says Miranda Kimberley.
This attractive tree is rarely planted in the UK but deserves consideration in larger gardens and estates, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen subshrubs with glossy foliage and plump red berries are much underrated, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These tidy evergreen trees are not just for Christmas and come in a range of shapes and sizes, writes Miranda Kimberley.
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.
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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.
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.