Shrubs

This page lists many of the shrubs that I’ve written about on pumpkinbeth.com

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Aesculus pavia is a large, naturally rounded, curvaceous shrub that eventually grows to anywhere between 3.5m (12ft) to 5.2m (17ft) tall, and around 2.5m (8ft) to 4m (13ft) wide – depending of course on your soil and your plant’s growing conditions.  In this shrub’s native…

Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ is a hardy shrub that produces violet coloured flowers, during the summer months.  This Buddleja cultivar was a chance seedling that was discovered growing near other Buddleja cultivars, in Ellen Hornig’s garden, in New York, America.  Hence, Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ is named…

Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’ is a fully hardy, medium sized shrub with a naturally bushy habit.  This Buddleja cultivar produces panicles of pink, scented flowers, over a long period, during the summer time.  To extend your plant’s flowering, be prompt in actively dead-heading your Buddleja plant’s…

If you love butterflies, bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects, then you’ll love growing Buddleja davidii, as this shrub is a magnet to these wonderful creatures!  If you’ve not grown Buddleja before, this vigorous shrub is perhaps easier to care for and taller growing than you…

Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ is a distinctive form of Buddleja; its long panicles of indigo coloured flowers are deeper in colour than almost all other Buddlejas.  That’s not the only quality that this plant boasts, Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ produces very large flowers; plants enjoy…

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is a deciduous shrub, which grows to 2.5 – 4m (8 – 13ft) in height and to around 1 – 2m (3 – 6ft) in width. Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is usually hardy to withstand winter temperatures as low as -10 to –…

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…

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is an erect, upright shrub that produces pretty, delicate-pink, tubular flowers from January to the end of March each year.  The plants drop their leaves in winter, just before their new foliage starts to emerge. Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ grows best…

After a name change, when this plant was briefly known by the botanical name Isoplexis canariensis, the Canary Island foxglove has now reverted back to its earlier botanical name of Digitalis canariensis.  This tender, evergreen shrub is endemic to the Canary Islands, where plants grow…

Figs, also known by their botanical name of Ficus carica, are wonderfully beautiful shrubs or trees, that produce delicious, parthenocarpic fruits in summer and early autumn.  In the UK, figs grown outdoors produce one crop of figs a year, but when the same fig plant…

Heliotrope, or Heliotropium, as is its official botanical name, are a larger group of flowering plants than you might perhaps expect, consisting of tender annuals and perennials, shrubs, and sub shrubs. Heliotropes are usually thought of as flowering plants with dark purple flowers, but Heliotropes…

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Petit Orange’ (HibisQs Petit Series) was first released for sale in 2016.  This plant is a new smaller sized Hibiscus cultivar, which has been bred to have a greatly reduced size and to be more floriferous than most Hibiscus plants.  These Hibiscus flowers…

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…

Ilex crenata is a holly, but it’s so different to the more widely known holly tree which has much larger leaves, like other hollies, Ilex crenata is a slow growing evergreen shrub.  Ilex crenata has tiny leaves, the shrub creates a naturally dense form, which is…

Juniper is also known by its botanical name, Juniperus communis.  Juniperus 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…

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Purity’ is a small sized lavender, which grows up to 40cm (15.7 inches) in height.  Lavandula angustifolia ‘Purity’ produces greyish green foliage and pure white flowers. This sweetly scented lavender, flowers in June and July, when plants produce a mass of soft white, fragrant flowers,…

Lavandula angustifolia (Little Lottie) = ‘Clarmo’ is a small sized lavender cultivar, which grows to about 40cm (15.7 inches) in height.  Lavandula angustifolia (Little Lottie) = ‘Clarmo’ produces grey green foliage and very pretty, pale pink flowers, which are attractive to bees, hoverflies, and butterflies.

Plants from the genus Lavandula, are usually referred to as lavenders.  Lavandula features over forty species and hundreds of cultivars, each with their own special differences.  You’ll find white, pink, purple, and blue flowered lavenders, with plants bearing flowers of every shade of these tones,…

Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ is a winter flowering honeysuckle, that produces scented, cream coloured flowers during mild periods, from December to March each year.  Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ grows well in full sun to partial shade, in any moist, well-drained soil.

In his early forties, Hajime Matsunaga, a Japanese plant breeder, started a breeding programme to breed a dwarf mulberry.  Mr Matsunaga’s dream was realised at 89 years of age, when he grew Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’ (‘Matsunaga’). Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’ differs from other mulberries – this…

For me, the best thing about Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ is the flowers’ beautifully sweet scent, which encompasses the June garden.  I simply adore this shrub in June – while the plants are in flower.  Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ produces very pretty white flowers, they really are…

Philadelphus ‘Virginal’ is rather scrappy and untidy looking while it’s not in flower, but when this shrub is in bloom you can forgive and forget your plant’s unkempt appearance for the other ten or eleven months of the year.  Make sure you spend your days…

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. …

Redcurrants or Ribes rubrum, as is their botanical name, are easy to grow shrubs, which produce delicious edible fruits that ripen during the summertime.  The time of ripening depends on the redcurrant cultivar you choose to grow, as well as the location where you’re growing…

Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ is a robust Rhododendron hybrid that was bred by the Dutch breeder, A. P. van Nes, prior to 1960.  This is a naturally upright plant, an evergreen shrub, with large, dark green leaves.  Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ is a great choice of plant…

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