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ORNAMENTAL TREES AND SHRUBS UK

This is the second part of our review of the thirty most popular shrubs, small trees and perennials for UK gardens. It deals with a wide range of plants from Mahonias which provide welcome flowers in the depth of winter to the slightly more exotic Mexican Orange Blossom. All are chosen for their easy care nature and colourful display of flowers and / or foliage. Expert and impartial advice.

MAHONIA

Mahonia are evergreen shrubs and most, but not all, are fully hardy in the UK tolerating cold as far down as -15°C.

The more common varieties such as Mahonia media 'Charity' grow to a height and spread of 2m / 6ft but there are ..... more

MEXICAN ORANGE BLOSSOM

Mexican Orange Blossom (Choisya ternata) is not only grown for the masses of beautiful flowers in late April to late May but also for their foliage which, in the case of Choisya ternata Sundance, is a delicate yellow to lime green colour. The foliage ..... more

MOCK ORANGE

Mock Orange grow well on a wide variety of soils from heavy clay to light well-drained soils. They put down deep roots so are rarely affected by drought.

They do prefer a full sun or partial shade position if they are to produce ..... more

PEONY

Easier to grow than many think, low maintenance and they make stunning cut flowers. Learn how to choose, plant, care and support your peony ..... more

PIERIS

A real stunner but you do need to get the conditions correct if your Pieris is to thrive ..... more

POTENTILLA

Potentillas are one of the lowest maintenance shrubs and when established require no attention other than pruning to keep them to the size you want. No special techniques are required, a simple "haircut" will do them fine. If they get out of hand ..... more

PHOTINIA RED ROBIN

The Red Robin shrub is often under-rated principally because it is so widely grown. The RHS are quite clear that this is a shrub of great horticultural value, giving it an Award of Garden Merit. Use the checklist below to decide if a Red Robin is suited .... more

PITTOSPORUM TENUIFOLIUM

Grown principally for their foliage these are very easy care shrubs which come in a variety of sizes. Many have attractive foliage and respond well to pruning .... more

PYRACANTHA

They are equally at home in high daytime temperatures and low night time ones. Their flowers and berries make them stand out as exceptional ornamental plants in small and large gardens. Their dense growth, combined with vicious thorns also make them ideal hedging plants. .... more
 

PYRUS PASHIA

A small to medium sized tree which  produces masses of white blossoms in spring. However, it is probably best known for masses of brown fruit and deep red leaves in autumn time. ..... more
 

SALIX INTEGRA HAKURO-NISHIKI

Grown as a standard or a shrub. It produces masses of creamy white leaves in May to June. This year's stems are bright red winter time..... more
 

SEDUM SPECTABILE

The key interest of the Sedum spectabile is the beautiful flowers but the foliage is also very attractive in the correct setting. When the flowers first start to form they are light green colour which slowly turns to their final colour, in the case of Autumn Joy, a deep dark pink. The slow .... more

SKIMMIA

The most commonly found variety of Skimmia in the UK (and around the world) is Skimmia japonica.

This is strong growing and probably the hardiest of all the varieties. It produces flower buds and flowers freely and it is difficult to .... more

SPOTTED LAUREL

This shrub is often under-rated principally because it was so widely grown. Several varieties of Aucuba japonica have been given a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, the most popular being Crotonifolia, Rozannie and Golden King. .... more


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