Plants Library

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

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Digitalis

Digitalis

Foxgloves are easy to grow and produce tall spikes of flowers that are magnets for pollinators, writes Sally Drury.

Corylopsis

Corylopsis

Bright flowers and sweet scent merit a higher profile in garden design for these undervalued shrubs, Sally Drury insists.

Magnolia

Magnolia

Good pictorial labelling and effective use of point-of-sale material is crucial for these showy flowers, says Sally Drury.

Japanese cherries

Japanese cherries

Spectacular spring blossom makes these trees highly valuable in garden designs and urban landscapes, writes Sally Drury.

Cornus

Cornus

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

Malus

Malus

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

Malus domestica

Malus domestica

Apple trees’ wide variety of fruit and splendid flower displays should appeal to new gardeners, Sally Drury suggests.

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

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

Carpinus

Carpinus

These trees are ideal for parks and gardens and many will tolerate pollution in urban areas, notes Sally Drury.

Late-flowering Clematis

Late-flowering Clematis

With stunning displays lasting until late autumn, now is an ideal time to promote these colourful gems, Sally Drury advises.

Dwarf Narcissus

Dwarf Narcissus

These well-loved flowers can help to sustain passion for growing that built up during lockdown, Sally Drury suggests.

Calluna vulgaris

Calluna vulgaris

These plants survive severe exposure and make good ground cover in cityscapes to wildlife gardens, writes Sally Drury.

Colchicum

Colchicum

These autumn wonders produce colourful flowers that make for a sensational display, says Sally Drury.

Hebe

Hebe

These plants are enjoyed for their dense spikes, panicles or racemes of flowers and for their foliage, writes Sally Drury.

Quercus

Quercus

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


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