Plants Library

Explore our extensive archive of guides to species and cultivars of popular or useful plant genera by HW's own technical editor, Sally Drury and one of the UK's leading plantswomen, Miranda Kimberley. Featuring expert tips from supplier's on how to use or sell them.

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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.

Malus transitoria

Hardy Plant Focus: Crab apple (Malus) — star billing for showy fruits

Crab apples should have star billing in their own right because they often give them one more season of interest and provide nourishment for birds and other wildlife in autumn and winter.

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.

Magnolia 'Royal Purple'

Hardy Plant Focus: Magnolia — large-flowered hybrids for the garden

This is a genus that contains unarguably some of the most beautiful shrubs and trees, in terms of both flowers and fragrance, that we are blessed with being able to grow in our temperate UK climate.

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.

Dahlia 'Jomanda'

Dahlia

Dahlias are back in fashion, come in a multitude of shades and offer retailers a double hit, writes Sally Drury.

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.


New Plants with Graham Rice