Category Archives: Flowering Shrubs


Weigela is indigenous in temperate regions in eastern Asia and comprises 12 winter-hardy species; the process of selection has resulted in many hybrids. This is a deciduous shrub which flowers profusely. It has whorls of undivided, oblong to oval, pointed, serrated leaves and umbels of tubular, bell-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers growing in the leaf axilla or terminally on side shoots. W. florida is an upright shrub, 1.8 to 3 m tall, which flowers from May-July. It has arching, yellowish-brown shoots, short-stemmed, oval, pointed leaves, hairy on the underside, and terminal, tubular, pink flowers, white inside, approximately 3 cm long, with five, spreading, round petals. There are many cultivars, including ‘Minuet’, a low-growing shrub with purplish-red flowers, dark pink inside; ‘Nana Variegata’, up to 1.25 m tall, leaves with yellow margins, pale pink flowers; ‘Purpurea’, erect, slow-growing shrub, up to 1.5 m tall, with pale or deep pink flowers. Weigela hybrids are up to approximately 2 m tall and usually flower in May-June, e.g., ‘Bristol Ruby’, a vigorous shrub with blackish-red buds and large, deep red flowers; ‘Candida’ has fresh green leaves and white flowers; ‘Newport Red’, a strong shrub with reddish-purple flowers. W. middendorffiana (syn. Macrodiervilla middendorffiana) is a broad shrub up to 1.5 m tall, which flowers from April-June. It has greyish-brown shoots, oblong-oval, pointed leaves, hairy along the veins, and bell-shaped, sulphur-yellow flowers, spotted with orange inside; flowers can suffer from late night frost. Plant in light shade. This shrub is suitable for edging or in the border, in the sun or semi-shade, in well-drained, nutritious soil which is not too heavy. In spring, prune only old wood and ugly branches. Propagate from summer and winter cuttings.

Vaccinium Bilberry

Vaccinium is mainly indigenous in the northern hemisphere and comprises about 300-400 species, of woody-stemmed, berry-bearing plants, some of which grow in this part of the world in deciduous and Coniferous woodland – V. myrtillus, bilberry – and in woodlands and reedy areas -V. vitis-idaea. In addition, there are V. uliginosum, V. oxycoccus, fen-berry, andContinue Reading

Tamarix Tamarisk

Tamarix is indigenous in the wastelands of southwest Europe, Mediterranean regions and Asia, and comprises about 90 species, of which only a few are sufficiently winter-hardy for this part of the world. This is a deciduous or evergreen, woody-stemmed, graceful shrub or small tree, with arching shoots, scaly leaves growing close to the branches (restrictsContinue Reading


Styrax is mainly indigenous in Asia, though some species are found in America, and one in Mediterranean regions. It comprises about 130 species of shrubs and small trees, of which S. officinalis, amongst others, has been known for thousands of years because of the beautifully fragrant resin, ‘storax’. A number of species are fairly winter-hardy.Continue Reading


Santolina is mainly indigenous in Mediterranean regions, and comprises 10 species of fragrant, low-growing, (sub-)shrubs. This is a more or less winter-hardy, deciduous, woody-stemmed shrub, with spreading, finely pinnate leaves which consist of thin leaflets, and long-stemmed, spherical, yellow, cream or white flowerheads consisting of numerous small, tubular flowers and no ray flowers. S. chamaccyparissusContinue Reading

Salix Willow

Salix is indigenous in temperate regions throughout the world, except in Australia. It comprises about 500 species of shrubs and trees which vary greatly in shape and size. In this part of the world there are a number of species and many cultivars, e.g., S. alba, white willow, S. caprea, goat willow or pussy willow,Continue Reading


Robinia is indigenous in North America, and comprises 20 species, of which R. psaidoacacia, a tree up to 25 m tall, with attractive, pale green foliage and fragrant, white flowers, is also known as acacia, while the genus Acacia is popularly known as mimosa. This is a deciduous shrub or tree which forms root suckers.Continue Reading


Primus is widespread in temperate regions and comprises about 430 species and countless cultivars which are classified according to the fruits produced: cherries, almonds, peaches, apricots and plums. In addition to a number of indigenous species, many are cultivated for their beautiful flowers. This is a deciduous or evergreen, woody-stemmed shrub or tree, with spreading,Continue Reading


Poncirus is indigenous in northern China and Korea, and comprises only one species which can be left outside in winter if it is properly protected, and flowers profusely after a warm autumn; the decorative, bare, winter shoots are suitable for cut flowers. P. trifoliata (syn. Citrus trifoliata), Japanese bitter orange, is a deciduous, woody-stemmed shrubContinue Reading


Laburnum is mainly indigenous in southern and central Europe, North Africa and western Asia. It comprises six species of which L. x watereri, a cross of L. alpinum and L. anagyroides, is one of the most beautiful garden shrubs. The leaves and fruits are poisonous to humans and small domestic animals. This is a deciduous,Continue Reading