Landscape Plants

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.

Sambucus nigra produces purplish-black berries that hang in heavy bunches are mildly poisonous if eaten raw but they are edible after cooking

Native trees and shrubs - part four

Knowing your native Sambucus and Sorbus can help to unlock a variety of potential income opportunities, Sally Drury explains.

Crategus schraderiana berries and foliage

Hawthorn (Crataegus) — fragrant flowers and tasty haws

One of the great joys of May is coming across our native hawthorn Crataegus monogyna (below), bedecked in her frothy, fragrant flowers.

Quercus robur

Native trees and shrubs – part two

Continuing our series of articles covering British native trees and shrubs, Sally Drury turns the spotlight on oaks and roses.

Fagus sylvatica woodland

Native trees and shrubs – part one

In the first part of a special round-up, Sally Drury details native trees and shrubs that can attract grants and potential income.

A. palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’ - all images credit: Floramedia


These trees and shrubs grow to a range of different heights and produce distinctive foliage in many colours, Sally Drury finds.

T. heterophylla - credit all images: Floramedia


From bonsai, rock garden and ground cover to dense hedges and extremely elegant trees up to 50m tall, the small genus of Tsuga may only have 10 species of evergreen conifers but it has variety and versatility.

V. vitis-idaea - credit all images: Floramedia Database


Pretty flowers, shiny leaves and delicious berries make this an appealing choice for garden designers, writes Sally Drury.

L. ‘The Chatelaine’ - credit: Floramedia Database


Bold flower spikes bring a wide mix of colours to the garden and add height to traditional borders.

C. sinensis var. Calvescens f. veitchiana - credit all images: Floramedia Picture Library


Bright flowers and sweet scent merit a higher profile in garden design for these undervalued shrubs, Sally Drury insists.

M. ‘Heaven Scent’ - all pictures credit: © Floramedia Database


Good pictorial labelling and effective use of point-of-sale material is crucial for these showy flowers, says Sally Drury.

Prunus ‘Kanzan’ - credit all pictures: Floramedia

Japanese cherries

Spectacular spring blossom makes these trees highly valuable in garden designs and urban landscapes, writes Sally Drury.

C. mas ‘Jolico’ - all images: Floramedia


This diverse and ornamental genus presents opportunities for retailers as well as landscapers, writes Sally Drury.

M. ‘Evereste’ - all images: Floramedia


An abundance of spring blossom ensures flowering crab apple trees’ reputation as jewels of the landscape, notes Sally Drury.

Cotoneaster lacteus - all images: Floramedia


Their wide diversity makes these plants ideal and popular for many garden and landscape purposes, Sally Drury finds.

Carpinus betulus - all images: Floramedia


These trees are ideal for parks and gardens and many will tolerate pollution in urban areas, notes Sally Drury.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Allegro’ - credit (all images): Floramedia

Calluna vulgaris

These plants survive severe exposure and make good ground cover in cityscapes to wildlife gardens, writes Sally Drury.

Hebe albicans - all images: Floramedia


These plants are enjoyed for their dense spikes, panicles or racemes of flowers and for their foliage, writes Sally Drury.

Quercus ilex - all images: Floramedia


Oak trees are iconic, produce spectacular autumn foliage and benefit the natural environment, Sally Drury reports.