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.

Cotinus

Cotinus

These useful shrubs can fill large spaces in borders and provide colourful foliage in the autumn, says Miranda Kimberley.

Ilex

Ilex

Customers do not often know about the different leaf colours and shapes offered by hollies, Miranda Kimberley reports.

Crocus

Crocus

These heralds of spring are highly suited to being planted in tree circles, grass and rock gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.

Camellia

Camellia

These versatile, evergreen shrubs can flower from October right through to the end of May, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Living walls

Living walls

The benefits of green walls make them worth investigation by all green-space professionals, says Miranda Kimberley.

Viburnum

Viburnum

If used thoughtfully, a selection of these plants can give flower from midwinter to early summer, notes Miranda Kimberley.

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

The fruit on these shrubs and small trees offers winter colour in the garden and food for birds, says Miranda Kimberley.

Taxus

Taxus

This classic evergreen offers excellent structure and is ideal for topiary or as a specimen tree, says Miranda Kimberley.

Phygelius

Phygelius

Masses of colourful tubular flowers can give these plants a substantial presence in the border, says Miranda Kimberley.

Dierama

Dierama

Beautiful but underused, this tall and elegant plant can persist for years, says Miranda Kimberley.


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Albizia

Albizia

Fluffy flowers and bipinnate foliage make these rarely seen shrubs and small trees highly prized, says Miranda Kimberley.

Cytisus

Cytisus

These shrubs have stunning pea-like flowers, good scent and an undeserved reputation, Miranda Kimberley explains.

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

These shrubs or small trees produce mainly blue flowers and fantastic glossy leaves, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Loropetalum

Loropetalum

Colourful flowers and stunning foliage are great rewards for growing this often unfamiliar plant, says Miranda Kimberley.

Pterocarya

Pterocarya

This attractive tree is rarely planted in the UK but deserves consideration in larger gardens and estates, says Miranda Kimberley.

Ruscus

Ruscus

These evergreen subshrubs with glossy foliage and plump red berries are much underrated, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Picea

Picea

These tidy evergreen trees are not just for Christmas and come in a range of shapes and sizes, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Hoheria

Hoheria

A graceful habit, lots of fragrant flowers and attractive foliage are the key facets of this genus, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Corylus

Corylus

Traditionally grown for wood and nuts, hazels are also good in woodland planting and hedgerows, says Miranda Kimberley.

Betula

Betula

Distinctive coloured barks are the outstanding merits of these attractive trees and shrubs.

Castanea

Castanea

Serrated leaves, twisted bark and tasty nuts make the sweet chestnut a highly prized tree, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Solidago

Solidago

These prairie plants are easy to grow in well-drained soil and will perform best in full sun, Miranda Kimberley advises.

Acanthus

Acanthus

The most popular species, A. Mollis and A. Spinosus need plenty of space at the back of the border, Miranda Kimberley reports.

Anchusa

Anchusa

Vivid blue flowers make these plants stand out in the garden and attract bees and butterflies, says Miranda Kimberley.

Amaranthus

Amaranthus

These exotic annuals with erect plumes or long tassels of flowers can make a bold statement, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Cedrus

Cedrus

These majestic evergreen trees with their striking needles need lots of space to grow to their full glory, says Miranda Kimberley.

Thermopsis

Thermopsis

Yellow flowers and trifoliate leaves make this little-grown legume an attractive garden choice, says Miranda Kimberley.

Ginkgo

Ginkgo

These trees have been around since before the dinosaurs so they are hardy survivors suitable for many schemes, says Miranda Kimberley.