Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine)
- Usually Flowers : March, April, May
Semi-evergreen twining climber up to 10mt.(12ft.). Leaves have a purple tinge in winter. Vanilla-scented flowers produced from March to May, maroon-chocolate in colour. Large sausage-shaped fruit can follow in warm climates or positions. Needs a moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
Akebia quinata Amethyst Glow
- Usually Flowers : March, April
Twining, evergreen climber with interesting divided leaves. Masses of red-purple and pink flowers in spring. Vanilla scented. Prefers sun or part shade. Sausage-shaped dark purple fruit after flowers if summer hot.
Loropetalum chinensis f. rubrum Fire Dance (Chinese Fringe Flower)
- Usually Flowers : February, March, April
- Suitable for cut flowers
Evergreen, bushy mound with purple foliage. Sweetly scented pink witch-hazel-like flowers from February to April. Ht.1mt.(3ft.). Frost hardy. Grow in part shade and fertile, moist, well-drained, humus rich soil. Best if given shelter from cold or winter protection. Good for cutting, containers or front of border.