Chelsea plant of year

Crocus catalogue 2018

Soil type

Evergreen / deciduous

Quick growing

Flower colour


Eventual size

Flowering month

Attractive to wildlife

Special features

Mothers day

Plant me now


Soil moisture

Ground cover

Leaf colour


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Seed planting guidelines


Think of shrubs as the backbone of the garden. These are the plants that will add structure and interest throughout the year. Even if they lose all their leaves in winter, many have colourful bark, or a snazzy silhouette to add life on a dull day. There are flowering shrubs for sun or shade, fast-growing shrubs for quick cover, shrubs that can cope with the odd football, and low maintenance shrubs that are virtually impossible to kill.

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Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

Buy Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade': Fantastic autumn colour and gorgeous berries

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Buy Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle': Huge globes of tiny white flowerheads

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (PBR)

Buy Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (PBR): Luscious flowers that change colour

Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen ('Flemygea')

Buy Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen ('Flemygea'): Cones of white flowers. Fantastic autumn colour, too

Magnolia 'Susan'

Buy Magnolia 'Susan': Burgundy flowers. Good on acidic soil

Magnolia × soulangeana

Buy Magnolia × soulangeana: A popular choice, with pink, goblet-shaped flowers

Magnolia stellata

Buy Magnolia stellata : Masses of starry white flowers in spring

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Buy Cornus alba 'Sibirica': Bright coral-red stems in winter

Cornus florida

Buy Cornus florida : Rich autumnal foliage

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Buy Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire': Flame-coloured winter stems

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Buy Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple': Magnificent smoke-like plumes

Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

Buy Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile': A compact, highly fragrant mock orange

Philadelphus 'Virginal'

Buy Philadelphus 'Virginal': Large mock orange with fragrant white flowers

Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine'

Buy Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine': Famous lilac with wonderfully fragrant blooms

Viburnum × burkwoodii

Buy Viburnum × burkwoodii: Fabulously fragrant flowers

Viburnum × carlcephalum

Buy Viburnum × carlcephalum: Beautiful fragrant flowers

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'

Buy Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii': Pretty lacecap-like flowers

Lonicera fragrantissima

Buy Lonicera fragrantissima : Deliciously scented cream flowers

Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'

Buy Syringa meyeri 'Palibin': Lots of pale pink-lilac flowers. Dense habit ideal for a small garden

Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla 'Superba'

Buy Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla 'Superba': Masses of fragrant flowers