Plant Types / Shrubs
Adding interest and color throughout the seasons, shrubs are essential elements of many garden designs. The permanent structure associated with the wide array of size, flowers, foliage and fruits make them very desirable components of any plantings. There are flowering shrubs for almost every month of the year. You may want to create a year-round display and select beautiful shrubs to create dramatic spring, summer, fall or winter schemes. Check our list of shrubs and browse our fabulous garden ideas to get inspired. Before selecting any shrubs for your garden, remember to check that they are well-suited to your climate, sun exposure and soil conditions.
Rich of multiple awards collected in the UK and around the world, including the Henry Edland Medal in 2000 for the best scented variety, English Rose 'Teasing Georgia' is not only pleasantly fragrant, but is also one of the most refined and robust golden roses. Replete with large, cup-shaped flowers, it provides a delightful two-tone effect
A very beautiful English Rose with its broad, romantic, fully double, shallow cup of soft pink flowers. Even the buds are gorgeous! Rich of a delicious old-rose fragrance with a hint of raspberry, the numerous petals (120 petals per flower) are paler at the outer edges and perfectly arranged.
A delightfully different English Rose, 'The Lark Ascending' (Ausursula) features gently cupped, medium-sized, semi-double flowers of just 22 petals in a heavenly warm apricot shade, splashed with gold at the centers. On the bush, the roses are produced from the ground upwards in flower heads of up to 15 nicely spaced blooms, creating an impressive effect.
Bred by David Austin, English Rose 'The Mayflower' is very charming with its medium sized, fully double, rose pink rosettes (140 petals), rich of a strong old rose fragrance. The unique features of this rose shrub are its complete resistance to blackspot, powdery mildew or rust, and its continuous flowering - from very early in the season (earlier than any other roses) till frost
Rosa 'Tickled Pink' is a lovely variety of floribunda rose with large clusters of slightly fragrant, soft pink, ruffled flowers. The pretty blooms are produced in great quantities throughout summer. They are nicely complimented by a healthy foliage of glossy leaves. Bushy, this rounded, small shrub is terrific for beds and borders. Disease resistant.
Repeat-flowering and healthy, English Rose 'Wildeve' is a fantastic rose which produces perfectly rosette-shaped, distinctly quartered, medium-sized, fully double flowers (70 petals), about 4-6 in. wide (10-15 cm). The abundant blooms are an extraordinary blush pink delicately touched with apricot. Very rain-resistant.
Recently introduced by David Austin, Rosa 'Wisley 2008' is an irresistible variety of English Rose which produces incredibly delicate and charming pink, fully double flowers that open from rounded, plump buds. The blooms are shallowly cupped, packed with petals arranged in a most perfect rosette formation.
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, 'Wollerton Old Hall' (Ausblanket) combines the elegance and perfume of old roses, with the long flowering season that so many old roses lack. The plump buds, with attractive flashes of red, gradually develop into chalice-shaped, butter yellow blooms (43 petals) which then soften to a softer creamy color with hints of peach.
Compact and free-flowering, multiple award-winner Rosa 'You're Beautiful' is indeed a real beauty with its large clusters of slightly fragrant, double, bright pink flowers. The gorgeous blooms, 17-25 petals, are produced in great quantities throughout the summer into the fall. They are nicely complimented by a healthy foliage of glossy leaves.
Noted for its shade and poor soils tolerance, Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin' is a vigorous climbing Bourbon rose with masses of highly fragrant, semi-double, carmine flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm), counting up to 30 petals. Born on thornless, purplish stems, the blooms are produced in great quantities and almost continuously from late spring to frost.
Noted for its beauty and exceptional fragrance, Rosa gallica var. officinalis, commonly known as Old Red Damask or Red Rose of Lancaster, is a healthy and robust small shrub rose that can be relied on to provide interest and color.
One of the most cold hardy roses, Rosa glauca is a fabulous medium-sized shrub rose that can be relied on to provide interest and color. The foliage of this shrub rose is quite exceptional, a mix of blue gray shades with delicate overtones of burgundy and purple when in full sun, turning to silvery gray-green in part shade.
One of the earliest roses to bloom, award-winning Rosa xanthina 'Canary Bird' is a spreading, bushy shrub with slightly scented, single, bright yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with prominent stamens. Born on gracefully arching stems in late spring, the blooms stand out against the foliage of small, fern-like mid-green leaves.
A key ingredient of a Mediterrean style garden, Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus (Creeping Rosemary) is a low-growing and spreading evergreen shrub with strongly aromatic, needle-like leaves, about 2 in (5 cm) long. Clusters of pale blue flowers appear in spring and summer, occasionally in fall. Commonly used as a culinary herb, Creeping Rosemary is perfect for rock gardens, for cascading down walls, raised beds or containers.
Noted for its colorful stems and stunning winter display, Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis' (Scarlet Willow) is a medium-sized deciduous tree, often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. It sports bright, red to orange-red new stems that glow throughout winter, seeming to intensify as spring approaches.
Noted for its colorful stems and stunning winter display, Salix alba var. vitellina 'Golden Ness' (Golden Willow) is a medium-sized deciduous tree, often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. It sports bright, golden-yellow new stems that glow throughout winter, and make a great splash of excitement in the landscape. In spring and summer, it bears narrow, lanceolate, finely-toothed leaves that usually turn yellow in the fall, before falling to the ground and revealing the spectacular stems. A great addition to the winter garden.