last updated 31/10/2014

A superb shrub, growing to approx 6'. I love the large (up to 5cm across) single white flowers with their basal maroon blotch. The scent is of course intoxicating. My favourite of the genus!

Philadelphus coronarius Bowles Variegated PHILADELPHUS coronarius 'Bowles Variegated' 
A pretty little shrub to 1.5m. The leaves are strongly margined creamy white, with richly scented double white flowers in summer. Plant in dappled shade to prevent leaf scorch.


PHOTINIA beauverdiana 'Notabilis'

PHOTINIA villosa 'Maximowicziana'

PHOTINIA x fraseri 'Little Red Robin'

PHYLLOSTACHYS aureocaulis f. aureosulcata
This is quite simply one of my "must-have" plants...a yellow bamboo. These are substantial plants for instant gratification. Reaching perhaps 5m tall, but clump forming, so never invasive, it is totally hardy. Perhaps I should make it clear that it is the culms (stems) which are a wonderfully rich golden-yellow, not the foliage.

The renowned black bamboo has culms (stems) that are so intensely black and with such a deep gloss that they resemble ebony. Initially, the emerging shoots are cream, becoming green before taking on their familiar black gloss through summer. Stunning plants supplied for the same reasons and in the same manner as above.

PICEA omorika

PINUS nigra

PINUS wallichiana

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Garnettii '
The importance of shelter planting within new areas has become very apparent in our own planting schemes. Hence the return of this old favourite to our list. The cream margined leaves give interest when much else is dormant, but also gives some protection to newly planted treasures. Rapid, surprisingly hardy and wonderful for cutting, there has to be a place in every garden for this one.

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Green and Gold'
Rich green rims surround each leaf with the central splash changing in colour as the growth matures; from almost gold when young and soft in the spring to limey-green as it ripens.

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Irene Patterson'
Pittosporum is such a classic evergreen for sheltered gardens and there are many variegated forms, beloved of flower arrangers too. This one is unique in being relatively small and compact with wonderful green and white mottled foliage. The tiny flowers in summer are such a dark purple as to almost be black and are intensely fragrant.

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'
The dark brown stems contrast superbly with the tiny rounded silvery green leaves. This one makes a particularly fine hedge or is equally beautiful when grown free-standing.

NEW PODOCARPUS lawrencei 'Blue Gem'

  PODOPHYLLUM 'Spotty Dotty'
I discovered this plant on an American website when I was researching my book. My initial reaction was not to include it there-in because I didn’t want to tell anybody about them – I wanted to plant them all myself! And now that I actually have a small number of plants of it, I have similar feelings…I don’t really want to sell them – I want to plant them all! So what is all the fuss about? Well, first you have to understand something of this remarkable genus. They are plants for the woodland floor (best grown in shade, in a damp, humus rich soil), which have great big leaves, held like umbrellas, with the stalk appearing to emerge from its centre. In the case of ‘Spotty Dotty’ the leaves are essentially hexagonal, but deeply divided. They are broadly margined with a rich array of chocolate-brown markings, the colour of which extends down the flower stalks and into the huge flowers that hang beneath the leaves. The best colour is seen on young leaves, and this selection is particularly frost hardy.

POLYGONATUM x hybridum 'Striatum'
Not a totally radical departure for us, since we've been growing it in the gardens with great success for many years. However, we've rarely offered it for sale. Often known as "Solomon's Seal' it is a wonderful spring flowering perennial, producing a thicket of elegantly arching stems each spring. These are clothed with conspicuously cream variegated leaves, whilst fragrant bell-like flowers hang from the tips. It also makes a splendid cut-flower. Naturally a woodland plant, it does like a little shade; amongst shrubs in the border perhaps. Although it will tolerate typically dry woodland amongst tree roots, the stems will remain colourful and leafy for longer into late-summer if a good moisture reserve is available to it.

POLYGONUM scoparium
I must tell you that I was captivated by this plant the first time I saw it – it was like nothing else I had ever seen (other than mare’s tail, which one could say it resembles visually!) The persistent wiry green stems reach up to 1m in height and lack “proper” leaves. In summer they are clothed with intensely fragrant white flowers.

PRIMULA 'Barbara Midwinter'
Easiest described as a rich magenta-pink flowered alternative to our native primrose, in habit, form and requirements. The "midwinter" part of the name aptly describes when it flowers, but I have no idea who the "Barbara" is or was.
Large 2litre potfulls

PRUNUS incisa 'February Pink' 
Large shrub or small tree of most attractive and graceful habit. Ideal where dense shade is not required. The pale pink flowers on this early flowering form grace the naked
branches in February. The small almost serrated leaves colour well in autumn.

PRUNUS incisa 'Kojo no mi' 
This sought after form is much smaller growing, being very dense and almost contorted in its habit. The white flowers open from pinky buds in March.

PRUNUS incisa 'Pendula' 
A delightful small weeping tree with pale pinky white flowers in spring. I found these small flowered species cherries so much more graceful than many.

PRUNUS incisa 'The Bride'

PRUNUS incisa f. yamadae
Discovered near Mount Fuji in 1916, white flowers open from white buds. It forms a small, bushy tree.

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