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.

P. incisa ‘Yamadei’ AGM (H6)

Prunus Part 3 - flowering cherries for top-working

P. ‘Beni-yutaka’ AGM (H6) pale pink flowers close up

Prunus Part 2 - flowering cherries for street tree planting

Asano: each deep-pink chrysanthemum flower has up to 100 pointed petals

Prunus part 1 - flowering cherries for the garden

Flowering cherries are a quintessential harbinger of spring in the UK - probably more so than crab apples, hawthorns, rowans and whitebeams combined

Sorbus caloneura: noted for particularly beautiful chocolate-red emergent spring foliage

Rowan and whitebeam (Sorbus) — kaleidoscopic colours

Regularly overlooked in favour of the more flamboyant flowering cherries and crab apples, rowans and whitebeams should be given much greater consideration when choosing a tree for the garden.

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

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.

S. japonica Golden Princess - all images: Floramedia


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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