Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurel)
- Usually Flowers : April, May
Evergreen, conical tree or large shrub with aromatic, glossy, dark green leaves. Flowers small, greenish-yellow in clusters. March to April. Ht.12mt.(38ft.). Black berries after female flowers. Grow in sun or part shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil with shelter from cold winds. Good for borders, containers, topiary and cooking.
Nandina domestica (Sacred Bamboo)
Evergreen or semi-evergreen, upright shrub with narrow, lance-shaped, dark green leaflets. Large panicles of small, star-shaped white flowers. July to August. Ht.2m.(6ft.). Leaves purplish-red when young and in autumn. Spherical, red fruits after flowers. grow in sun or part shade and well-drained soil with some shelter. Good for specimen plant or in border.
Piptanthus nepalensis (Evergreen Laburnum)
- Usually Flowers : May, June
Semi-evergreen or deciduous, open, upright and tender shrub with leaves of three dark blue-green leaflets. Upright, terminal racemes of pea-like, vanilla-scented, bright yellow flowers emerge from hairy buds May and June. Ht.2.5mt.(8ft.). Pendant green seed pods form after flowers August to September. Best grown in full sun and well-drained soil. Grow against a warm wall and protect from cold winds.