Corylus avellana is a wonderful shrub or tree that in the UK is commonly known as hazel.  I absolutely adore Corylus avellana, it’s one of my favourite plants; I’d encourage almost anyone to grow this fantastic shrub, tree, or hedge!  A native tree of many countries in Europe, Corylus avellana is a superb plant for a wildlife garden or an edible garden. 

Juniper is also known by its botanical name, Juniperus communisJuniperus communis is an evergreen conifer with spiky needles.  Plants are very hardy and they flourish in exposed and sheltered locations.  These plants need a bright and sunny position; Juniperus communis is happy growing in almost any moist but well-drained soil, including stony ground and chalk.  When choosing where to plant Juniperus communis, avoid shaded areas and soils that are prone to water-logging. 

In the UK, Sambucus nigra is known as Elder.  These small trees and shrubs must have many common names, as they’re a wild plant that frequents many countries across Europe, as well as places as far afield as Western Asia and North Africa.  Sambucus nigra is a deciduous plant with green pinnate foliage.  In late spring and early summertime, Sambucus nigra produces huge flat circles of cream coloured, scented flowers that are popular with insects. 

In the UK, Prunus spinosa is usually known by its common name – Blackthorn.  I am sure that Prunus spinosa has many common names, as this is a widespread plant that can be found growing in the wild across Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa.  Prunus spinosa can be grown as a shrub, a hedge, or a tree.  These plants are very spiny and they often form thickets. 

Ilex aquifolium is the commonest holly we have in the UK; plants can be found growing both in the wild and as cultivated, garden plants.  This holly species can be used as container plants, for hedging, or grown as specimen trees.  Ilex aquifolium is native to the UK (Ilex aquifolium is absent from the Outer Hebrides, the Shetland Isles, and Orkney) but this is also a native plant of West Asia, North Africa, Southern and Western Europe.

Rosa Rhapsody in Blue = ‘Frantasia’ PBR is an award-winning rose that was bred by Frank Cowlishaw and released in 2003.  This tall shrub rose produces clusters of these rather glamorous, semi-double mauve flowers; as each bloom ages, the ashy grey tones of the flowers’ petals become more prominent.

Insects can be forgotten by plant breeders, who tend to focus on double frilly flowers without any pollen; we need more roses with blooms that offer an abundance of pollen to reward our pollinators! 

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ (Ausraveloe) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin Roses and launched in 2020.  David Austin traditionally unveil their new rose introductions at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in May, but the show was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a virtual rose launch took place instead.

This is a repeat flowering rose with pastel pink coloured flowers. 

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ (Ausclergy) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin Roses and launched in 2020.  David Austin traditionally launch their new rose introductions in May, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but this show was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a virtual rose launch took place instead.

This rose produces pretty flowers in a lovely golden pastel shade of yellow; as the blooms age they fade in colour and gently pass through every shade of pale yellow, until the blooms have turned a pure snow white.

Rosa ‘Champagne Moment’ = ‘Korvanaber’ (PBR) is an award winning rose that was bred by the renowned german rose breeders, Kordes.  In 2006, Rosa ‘Champagne Moment’ won the coveted title of the winner of the Rose of the Year Competition!  This floribunda rose produces clusters of apricot cream coloured flowers that pale to white, as they age; the flowers are perfectly complemented by gorgeous dark green, glossy foliage.

Rosa ‘Queen Anne’ (Austruck) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin.  This rose was introduced in 2011, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; it was named in celebration of the anniversary of Ascot Race Course, which was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne.  Rosa ‘Queen Anne’ produces beautiful flowers, in a very pretty shade of rose pink.

Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Rosa Sunny Sky = ‘Koraruli’ PBR) is an award winning rose that was bred by the acclaimed breeders, W. Kordes’ Söhne, in Germany.  A repeat flowering rose, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ plants produce golden yellow, double flowers, which are formed in the classic hybrid tea rose flower shape.  It’s quite a nice yellow colour, being neither too bright, nor too pale. 

Rosa ‘Rosemoor’ (Austough) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin.  ‘Rosemoor’ was first introduced in May 2004, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.  This rose was introduced at the same time as three other roses, with each rose being named after one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens.  Rosemoor is named in honour of the RHS’ garden in Devon, which is open to the public.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ (Dicovadatop) is a Floribunda Rose, which was bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Roses, in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.  Plants produce medium pink flowers, which soften in colour as the blooms age; leaving the flowers with a gentle blush of colour over their petals.  The petals are darker on one side, which gives this rose’s flowers a subtle, but attractive, two tone effect.

Rosa ‘The Alnwick Rose’ is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin.  ‘The Alnwick Rose’ was first introduced in 2001, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This rose was named for Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland.  Around the time that this rose was launched, a television series was broadcast that followed the Duchess of Northumberland, as she commissioned and orchestrated the beginnings of a rather grand, new garden at Alnwick Castle. 

Rosa ‘Lady of Shallot’ (Ausnyson) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and introduced in 2009, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  This rose produces warm orange coloured, double blooms that almost seem to glow in the sunlight.  The ‘Lady of Shallot’ is a fragrant rose, with flowers that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, and other insects.

Rosa ‘Mary Rose’ (Ausmary) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and first introduced back in 1983, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This is a very pretty rose.  Plants produce pinky red coloured buds, which open up to reveal gorgeous, shell pink coloured, double blooms, which are held on upright flowering stems.  ‘Mary Rose’ produces double flowers, but each bloom features fewer petals than many other double flowered roses of this type. 

Rosa ‘I am Macmillan’ (Harteller) is a Modern Floribunda Rose that was bred by Harkness Roses and introduced at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.  This rose produces vivid, glowing orange-salmon-pink coloured, double blooms, which really stand out across the garden.  You cannot miss this rose, it’s bright and rather garish!  Rosa ‘I am Macmillan’ is a repeat flowering rose that will bloom in cycles, all through summer and autumn, until the really cold weather arrives.

Rosa ‘Benjamin Britten’ (Ausencart) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and named after Benjamin Britten – an English composer, conductor, and pianist.  This rose produces vibrantly coloured blooms, which at times appear a little more red than pink, but for the most part appear as a pretty cherry colour.  The blooms form beautifully rounded cups; these flowers stand out across the garden and also look lovely in a vase. 

Rosa ‘William Lobb’ is an Old Rose that was bred by Laffay.  One of the Centifolia Group of Moss Roses; these plants produce stems that are coated with a great many spines, these spines start at their base and continue upwards, to the tip of every flower bud.  The distinctive, green mossy growth that decorates Rosa ‘William Lobb’ flowers and buds, gives the plant an ethereal quality, which I adore. 

Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’ is also known as Rosa ‘Mundi’.  This Old Rose is a sport of Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’; it’s a once flowering rose, that produces a mass of striking, magenta pink and white splattered, striped, semi double flowers.  In summertime, blooms smother the plant; flowers decorate the entire plant, from the top to the bottom.  Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’ is a joy, plants produce fragrant flowers that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and other insects.