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.
Oak trees are iconic, produce spectacular autumn foliage and benefit the natural environment, Sally Drury reports.
With a wide variety in habit, flowers and foliage, these ornamental plants ensure months of enjoyment, says Sally Drury.
These shrubs and trees have for centuries been used as boundaries and are also important for wildlife, Sally Drury finds.
These long-lasting pretty flowers add a splash of colour to borders in spring and summer, says Miranda Kimberley.
These colourful, undemanding and versatile evergreen shrubs offer year-round interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Attractive colours and simple daisy-like flowers make these little-used shrubs very appealing, Miranda Kimberley finds.
These underrated evergreen shrubs or small trees can be good alternatives to box hedging, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Ivies can clothe walls or provide ground cover and are ideal for brightening a dark corner, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen architectural plants provide feathery foliage and seasonal colour, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These pretty flowers are great for amenity planting and combine well with grasses, says Miranda Kimberley.
These versatile flowering shrubs offer great value and are easy to grow, notes Miranda Kimberley.
Glossy leaves and fragrant flowers can provide welcome colour at bleaker times of the year, Miranda Kimberley finds.
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These elegant plants are ideal for gardens with a shady area and soil that will not dry out, notes Miranda Kimberley.
Versatile and tough, this genus is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soils, says Miranda Kimberley.
These attractive trees and shrubs add great value to the landscape and are good for hedging, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen, aromatic shrubs work well in gardens, parks and amenity schemes, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Tough alder trees can be economic as well as offering decorative leaves, catkins and cones, writes Miranda Kimberley.
Myrtle is a tender shrub so it is a plant for milder gardens, but with our changing climate the limits are being pushed, says Miranda Kimberley.
Attractive ornamental pear trees are great for street planting as well as gardens, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These tough, long-lived, ground-cover plants are great in borders, rock gardens paths and walls, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen trees and shrubs have decorative bark and can flower and fruit simultaneously, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen and deciduous shrubs feature bright foliage, corky bark and coloured fruit, says Miranda Kimberley.
A graceful habit, attractive foliage and often fragrant flowers are all selling points, writes Miranda Kimberley.
This underused species could add to the diversity of our urban tree population, Miranda Kimberley discovers.
These useful shrubs can fill large spaces in borders and provide colourful foliage in the autumn, says Miranda Kimberley.
Customers do not often know about the different leaf colours and shapes offered by hollies, Miranda Kimberley reports.
These heralds of spring are highly suited to being planted in tree circles, grass and rock gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.
These versatile, evergreen shrubs can flower from October right through to the end of May, Miranda Kimberley finds.
The benefits of green walls make them worth investigation by all green-space professionals, says Miranda Kimberley.
If used thoughtfully, a selection of these plants can give flower from midwinter to early summer, notes Miranda Kimberley.
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