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.
- Usually Flowers : July, August, September, October
- Wildlife Friendly
- Suitable for cut flowers
A bushy evergreen shrub which has pea-like reddish-purple flowers amongst dark leaves. Can reach a height of 1.5m.
Teuchrium fruticans (Germander)
- Usually Flowers : June, July, August
Evergreen, bushy shrub with grey-green leaves. Spikes of dark, azure-blue salvia-like flowers from June to August. Ht.1mt.(3ft.). Best grown in full sun and well-drained slightly alkaline soil. Needs shelter from cold winds and benefits from winter protection. Good for borders and informal hedging.
Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan Palm)
- Usually Flowers : June
Evergreen palm with stout trunk and deeply lobed, palmate leaves. Arching sprays of pale yellow flowers. June. Ht.3m.(10ft.). Globose fruit after flowers on female plants. Grow in sun or part shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil with shelter from cold winds. Hardy in most areas. Good for small gardens, specimen plant or container.