West Coast Soils

General recommendations:   TREES Acer – Sycamore varieties Ilex – Most varieties Aesculus – Most varieties Laburnum Alnus Alder Malus – Crab apple Betula – Birch – Most varieties Populus Carpinus Prunus – Flower Cherry Crataegus – Thorn – Most varieties Quercus Eucalyptus – Most varieties Salix – Willow Fraxinus Ash – Most varieties Tilia – Lime   […]

Seaside Conditions

General recommendations Berberis – Deciduous Acer pseudoplatanus Cupressocyparis leylanii Arundinaria – Many varieties Chamaerops Humilis Arbutus Unedo Cupressus – Many varieties Sasa – All varieties Choisya Ternate Castanea Sativa – Chestnut Juniperus – Most varieties Coprosmalucida Crataegus – Most varieties – Thorn Pinus Contorta Cordyline Australis Eucalyptus – Most varieties Pinus Mugo Cotoneaster – Most […]

Perennials

However, to gardeners and horticulturists, the term ‘Perennial’ refers to plants which are herbaceous in nature, and perennial. Herbaceous plants, unlike trees and shrubs, produce soft stems that die back each winter and re-emerge the following spring. Perennial or herbaceous plants are very popular.  They are very versatile, easily maintained, can give colour throughout the […]

Neutral to Acid Soils

General recommendations   Betula Papyrifera – Birch, Most varieties Berberis Vulgaris Juniperus Communis Crataegus Monogyna – Thorn Ilex Aquifolium – Holly Pinus Nigra Fagus Sylvatica – Beech Salix x Balfouril Caprea Cinerea Oleifolia Pinus Sylvestris Populus Alba Sambucus Nigra Taxus Baccata Populus Canescens Tremula Sambucus Racemosa Quercus Cerris Robur – Oak Viburnum Opulus Sorbus x […]

Herbaceous-Shady Areas

General recommendations   Aquilegia. Geranium Phaeum hybrids Primula Aruncus Geranium Versicolour Pulmonaria Astilbe Helleborus Smilacina Bergenia Hosta Smyrnium Brunnera Iris Foetidissima Symphytum Cimicifuga Kirengeshoma Tellima Convallaria Lamium Trachystemon Dicentra Leucojum Trillium Epimedium Lunaria Uvularia Euphorbia Amygdaloides Robbiae Meconopsis Veratrum Gentiana Asclepiadea Mellittis Waldsteinia Geranium himalayense – Gravetye Omphalodes Geranium Macrorrhizum hybrids Podophyllum Geranium Nodosum Persicaria

Heavy shade

Trees and shrubs recommended for heavy shade. Some of these plants are also good for ground cover.   Azallas Arundinaria- Most varieties Aucuba Japonica – Spotted Laurel Arundinaria Vagans Buxus Sempervirens Sasa Tessellata Camellia Japonica Sasa Veitchii Cornus Canadensis – Dogwood Phyllostachys Elaeagnus – Evergreen Shibataea Kumasasa Euonymus Fortunei Fatshedera – Castor oil Gaultheria – […]

Ground cover

General recommendations   Aucuba Japonica -Nana Rotundifolia Berberis Wilsoniae Buxus Mmicrophylla Calluna Vulgaris Ceprosma Propinqua Cornus Canadensis Cotoneaster – Several including: Dammeri Horizontalis Hybridus Pendulus Microphyllus Salicifolius Repens Skogholm Cytisus Kewensisscoparius Prostrates Erica – Most varieties Euonymus Fortunei Gaultheria – Most varieties Hebe – Many varieties especially: Albicans Carl Teschner Pinguifolia Hedera – Ivy. All varieties […]

Damp Conditions

These trees and shrubs are recommended for damp areas: Amelanchier – All varieties Alnus – All varieties Metasequoia Glyptostroboides Arundinaria – Most varieties Clethra Picea Sitchensis Phyllostachys – Most varieties Cornus – Most varieties Betula – Most varieties Taxodium ascendens distichum Sasa – Most varieties Gaultheria – Most varieties Crataegus Hippophae rhamnoides Populus – All […]