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.

Ulmus glabra: wych and Scotch elm are now relatively rare in the British Isles after having been largely decimated by Dutch elm disease

Native trees and shrubs - part five

Natives can add high ornamental and wildlife value in parks, urban gardens and rural estates, writes Sally Drury.

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

Hardy Plant Focus: 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

Acer

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

Tsuga

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

Vaccinium

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

L. ‘The Chatelaine’ - credit: Floramedia Database

Lupinus

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

Corylopsis

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

Magnolia

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

Cornus

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


M. ‘Evereste’ - all images: Floramedia

Malus

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

Cotoneaster lacteus - all images: Floramedia

Cotoneaster

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

Carpinus betulus - all images: Floramedia

Carpinus

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

Hebe

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

Quercus

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

S. japonica Golden Princess - all images: Floramedia

Spiraea

With a wide variety in habit, flowers and foliage, these ornamental plants ensure months of enjoyment, says Sally Drury.

Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’ - image: Floramedia

Crataegus

These shrubs and trees have for centuries been used as boundaries and are also important for wildlife, Sally Drury finds.

L. myrtifolium ‘Silver Queen’ - image: Floramedia Database

Leptospermum

These long-lasting pretty flowers add a splash of colour to borders in spring and summer, says Miranda Kimberley.

H. ‘Great Orme’ - all images: Floramedia

Hebe

These colourful, undemanding and versatile evergreen shrubs offer year-round interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Olearia phlogopappa ‘Comber’s Blue’ - all images: Floramedia

Olearia

Attractive colours and simple daisy-like flowers make these little-used shrubs very appealing, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Corokia × virgata ‘Frosted Chocolate’ - all images: Floramedia

Corokia

These underrated evergreen shrubs or small trees can be good alternatives to box hedging, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Hedera helix ‘Oro di Bogliasco’ - all images: Floramedia Database

Hedera

Ivies can clothe walls or provide ground cover and are ideal for brightening a dark corner, says Miranda Kimberley.

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Little Champion’ - all images: Floramedia

Cryptomeria

These evergreen architectural plants provide feathery foliage and seasonal colour, writes Miranda Kimberley.

L. ixioides ‘Goldfinger’ - all images: Floramedia

Libertia

These pretty flowers are great for amenity planting and combine well with grasses, says Miranda Kimberley.

D. × hybrida ‘Mont Rose’ - all images: Floramedia

Deutzia

These versatile flowering shrubs offer great value and are easy to grow, notes Miranda Kimberley.

A. ‘Edward Goucher’ - all images: Floramedia

Abelia

Glossy leaves and fragrant flowers can provide welcome colour at bleaker times of the year, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Thalictrum delavayi - all images: Floramedia

Thalictrum

These elegant plants are ideal for gardens with a shady area and soil that will not dry out, notes Miranda Kimberley.