Aronia melanocarpa Viking (Chokeberry)
- Usually Flowers : May
Vigorous, large, deciduous shrub with glossy, toothed, dark green leaves. Masses of fragrant, white flowers. May. Ht.2mt.(6ft.). Leaves turn purple-red in autumn. Edible black berries after flowers. Grow in sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Good for mixed borders and containers. Fruit very good for jam, jellies and wine.
Hypericum patulum Hidcote (St. John's Wort)
- Usually Flowers : July, August, September
Compact, semi-evergreen shrub with dark green leaves. Rose-like, waxy golden-yellow flowers, which are slightly fragrant, appear from July to September on reddish, twiggy stems. Ht.1.2mt.(4ft.). Grows on most soils but best in partial shade with some shelter from cold winds. Good ground-cover plant or as an informal hedge.
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.
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.