Spring/Summer Flowering Shrubs

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sam from worthing

Spring/Summer Flowering Shrubs

can any of you green finger people recommend a nice possibly everygreen shrub, that will grow to about 3 foot tall, and 6 foot wide, that has nice colourful blossom, preferably not blue/purple in colour.

we had a lovely honeysuckle, and it has died.

so wanted something to replace it - and we wanted something different.

can any of you recommend anything?

I live on the southcaost of england, the soil type is "neutral" until you dig about a foot down then its chalk. had our soil sampled as we kept loosing things. It is also in full sun - when the sun comes out, ehehehehe.

i look forward to hearing from you.

sammy

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sandra

Shrubs

Bit of a tall order Sam ! Why only 3ft. high - honeysuckle must have been taller than that surely.

Anyway, if you have a little more space my shrub of the moment is Exochorda "The Bride".
Waited ages to finally buy one due to lack of space.
Covered with white flowers in late Spring and gives stunning Autumn colour.

I like percentage shrubs, they have to do more than one thing and earn their keep !

Sure you will get many more ideas.

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violet eyes

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A lot of evergreen shrubs grow to more than 3 ft so if you buy one you will have to keep it pruned to the height you want. I have a few evergreen shrubs that flower..
Escallonia which can be grown as a hedge, so ok for pruning,has nice flowers
Choisya "mexican orange" white flowers ok to prune hard when too big
I can think of lots of plants that are really nice but don't fit what you want.
Potentilla, I have Abbotswood it's white and it's in flower now but not evergreen it only loses it leaves over winter,and there are lots more colors. I hope you find what you. want.

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sam from worthing

Stunning Shrubs

yes i agree, sandra, thats why i wanted an evergreen really - value for money.

I said 3 foot high, as its to go at the base of our summer house - which has a veranda type thing (which we sit on) in front of it, i know obviously i can prune the top, but didn;t want anything that grew massively uptop and nothing width ways, i trailed my honeysuckle and it looked so pretty going the whole width - 10 foot in total.

thanks for the tips so far

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sam from worthing

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choysia, doesn;t like my garden...strange as that may sound, in my old garden i had a massive one. have tried 2, and both died within 6 months of planting.

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sandra

Shrubs

Foot in mouth but....
will say it anyway,loathe Escallonia, Choiysia not that keen on Potentilla either !

So many new shrubs out there why stick to the tried and trusted but so very boring ?

Sam
Why can't you replant a honeysuckle and intertwine with clematis to train ?

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Biggles !

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my tuppence worth and I can only suggest myrtle, an evergreen with the most pretty white or pinky white flowers. If you buy small shrublets, plant 18 inches apart you will have a hedge very soon. The perfume wafts as you brush against it and cutting it to keep in shape is a sheer delight.

OK, I know I'm biased (it's my favourite plant) but being a mediteranean plant originally it really is quite hardy to boot and when established will survive minus 10 degrees.

(Myrtus Communus) yes it can grow tall but can also make a beautiful hedge. My long term aim here is a long tall hedge of Myrtle :0)

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Chazza

Spring/Summer Flowering Shrubs

Myrtle's a great idea.

You might think about Lantana or a dwarf white Buddlea. But make sure you get one that attracts butterflies, some don't.

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SonyaK

Spring/Summer Flowering Shrubs

Chazza, does Lantana grow OK in England? It's a tropical plant and and considered a noxious weed in Queensland, although we have some bushes in our garden. Didn't think it was warm enough in UK, but of course I could be quite wrong!
It certainly comes in lovely colours and flowers for months at a time.

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Chazza

Spring/Summer Flowering Shrubs

"Chazza, does Lantana grow OK in England? It's a tropical plant and and considered a noxious weed in Queensland, although we have some bushes in our garden. Didn't think it was warm enough in UK, but of course I could be quite wrong!
It certainly comes in lovely colours and flowers for months at a time."

Sandra, I had no idea. Just checked on Wiki, I have the right plant. Yes it does well here and looks great. It's probably no longer a noxious weed because for most of the year it's freezing its leaves off.

I've heard that you have huge problems with the cactus Opuntia Microdasys which is sold to small kids here as a friendly starter plant.

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SonyaK

Spring/Summer Flowering Shrubs

'Sandra, I had no idea. Just checked on Wiki, I have the right plant. Yes it does well here and looks great. It's probably no longer a noxious weed because for most of the year it's freezing its leaves off.'

Chazza - was that directed to me?
Lantana is only a weed in North Australia - it goes crazy in the tropics. In Adelaide we get frosts in winter and the lantana withstands that.

I hadn't heard about Opuntia Microdasys but enjoyed eating the prickly pear fruit when in S. America. Other people cut it up and sold it in markets - the spines are nasty. They are very fine, painful and hard to remove - don't you like small kids??!!!!!

According to ABC gardening programme
"There are 181 species in the Opuntia genus and eight of them, the prickly pears, have been declared noxious weeds in Australia." That's new to me.

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Chazza

Apologies to SoniaK

SoniaK, just spotted what you wrote - I got your name wrong then ignored you. Yes it was directed at you, sorry about that.

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SonyaK

Apologies accepted!

Yes, Chazza, I was feeling very hurt and ignored!! (Just joking).
Thanks, anyway. It's easy to miss posts as they slip away down the list.

 
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