Shrubs and Climbers
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The red and yellow flowers on Abutilon megaponticum hang like bells on arching stems, although this is not the hardiest shrub I have known it to survive locally for up to 7 years so it's probably coped with lower than - 5c . A nice warm wall would help, or if you're in a coastal area you'd be fine. It is worth the effort as this is a real eye catcher always popular here at the nursery. Plants are supplied in a 1ltr pot.
Arbutus unedo compacta (The strawberry tree)
Arbutus unedo compacta is a evergreen shrub named the Strawberry tree after the red fruit it produces in the Autumn, edible yes, yummy well not exactly, in Portugal they use them to make a spirit called medronho. Small white flushed pink flowers are produced in Autumn as the fruit can take up to a year to mature both fruit and flowers can be on the bush at the same time. Best grown away from strong cold winds in full sun, it is tolerant of seaside conditions and city pollution, low maintenance it does not need pruning ( although you can if you wish) and will naturally form a multi stemmed tree. Plants are supplied in a 2ltr pot. These plants are no longer "compacta"! and although we will keep them as large as possible they will need to be pruned back for packing.
Ceanothus “Blue sapphire”
Ceanothus "Blue sapphire" is an evergreen shrub with small, very dark green leaves and strong dark blue flowers held on arching stems. It makes an excellent shrub for a large container as it can cope with dry conditions and it's spreading shape looks impressive when it hangs over the edge of a pot or wall. The young foliage is almost bronze it's so dark, making it an excellent background for the rich blue flowers.
Clematis ‘Hagley hybrid’
Clematis 'Hagley hybrid' is an easy reliable climber, it's soft pink flowers smother the plant from June till late September, as it is a fairly compact size, growing to 2mts in height, it is perfect for a container or growing up a fence.Happy in most places in the garden, even a north facing wall! in sun or semi shade, hard prune in February. .
Ficus Brunswick is well suited to our wetter, colder, growing conditions, it is hardy, deciduous, self fertile and reliable but it does like a sheltered site in full sun. restricting it's roots by growing in a pot or placing slabs vertically around it's roots will encourage it to produce more of it's pear shaped ,green flushed purple ,sweet fruits. Plants are supplied in a 1.5ltr pot.
Fuchsia magellanica “Lady Bacon”
Fuchsia "Lady Bacon" is a strong growing, hardy fuchsia, it really earns it's keep flowering all summer. After a cold winter it may need pruning so that it grows from the base but most years it can be left to grow from the hard wood frame. It's delicate pink, mauve and white flowers smother the plants. Plants are supplied in a 9cm pot and will be pruned back.
Fuchsia microphylla is one of the most rewarding hardy fuchsias to grow, when it is in full flower although the blooms are small the whole bush is covered in them creating almost a magenta cloud! Although I am assured it can get taller here, it rarely gets taller than 1mtr in warmer areas it would grow from the hard wood frame but here we cut it back to 20cms in the spring and off it goes shooting up to 1mtr. Still flowering here well into November if we haven't had a frost! Plants are supplied in a 1ltr pot.
Hebe “Marilyn monroe”
Hebe "Marilyn Monroe" has beautiful sage green variegated foliage with new growth emerging in a shade of dark pink, flowers are deep mauvey pink fading to light pink with time. This evergreen shrub had a compact rounded shape and is well suited to a container and prefers a sheltered site in full sun. Plants are supplied in a 9cm pot.
Jasmine “Clotted cream”
If you're after scent you can't go wrong with Jasmine Clotted cream! It's soft primrose flowers are a bonus. A sheltered site is a must, perfect for growing against a trellis or fence as it spreads well width ways, or an arch or over a gate way where it's perfume can be appreciated. Prune to keep it to your desired size after flowering. Plants are supplied in a 1ltr pot.
Jasminum beesianum has striking deep pink flowers, they have a light scent , but this Jasmine is all about the looks! Although Jasmines are not the hardiest of climbers, I have grown Jasminum Beesianum against a wall here for over 20yrs and we are cold at over 600ft , given a warmer spot it can reach 4-5mts in height. This twining climber is perfect for arches, pergolas or scrambling through trees. Initial support will be needed. Plants are supplied in a 1ltr pot
Lemon Verbena , Lippia Citriodora .
Lemon Verbena, Lippia Citriodora has the most lemony scent of all plants, it almost smells like lemon sherbet ( if only there was a scratch and sniff feature on your screen!). Half hardy it is best grown against a wall or in a pot placed near the house, or if you're in a wet ,cold area bring it in to an unheated greenhouse or polytunnel for the Winter, prune it back in winter/ early Spring to keep it tidy. Use Lemon Verbena in herb tea, stuffings, pot pourri, cakes or just brush your hand across it as you walk past and let it fill the air with it's incredible scent! Plants are supplied in 2ltr pots
Myrtus ugni ( Ugni molinae) “Kapow”
Myrtus ugni "Kapow" is an evergreen shrub also known as the Chilean guava it has small dark green leathery leaves " Kapow" was named by James Wong waving the flag for unusual edibles,Myrtus ugni "Kapow" produces dark red berries that taste a bit like wild strawberries x kiwi, and are ripe in late Autumn, it's self fertile too, the fruits make excellent jam or try them in muffins. In May small palest pink bell shaped flowers appear, maybe the common name should have been the lily of the valley tree.It is best grown in a sunny sheltered spot, if you don't have one it's equally happy in a pot so that you can move it under cover for the winter. Plants supplied in a 1.5ltr pot.
Rubus spectabilis ‘Olympic double’
Rubus spectabilis 'Olympic double' is a deciduous shrub, fully hardy and not fussy about it's soil, bogs are best avoided! It almost looks like a rose when it flowers, but this tough chap has no problems with black spot or greenfly, in fact if visitors to your garden sweep swiftly past it they may well think it's the healthiest rose they've ever seen! It does have a suckering habit so don't plant it in somewhere that you don't want it to fill a space because it will spread, if you want to keep it smaller you can prune it's mature, thorny stems back each year after flowering. Plants are supplied in a 2ltr pot.
Trachelospurmum Jasminoides Wilsonii
Trachelospurmum jasminoides Wilsonii's evergreen leaves turn from green flushed maroon to bright red in the winter. A twining climber, it is best planted in a sheltered site in full sun, or near a path where it's scented, white, star jasmine flowers can really be appreciated especially in the evenings when their scent is strongest. Plants are supplied in a 2ltr pot.
Vinca minor Temptation
Vincas make great ground cover especially in tricky places, under shrubs or in shady corners, Vinca minor Temptation has the added advantage of double lavender flowers. It has glossy ovate leaves and flowers over a long period. Plants are supplied in a minimum 1.5ltr pot.