Garden Centre Retail has rounded up the best plants for you to offer in your garden centre for your customers who have a north-facing garden.
Rhododendron can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple leaves, sometimes with a dense colourful indumentum of hairs on the lower side, and funnel-shaped, bell-shaped or tubular flowers that may be solitary or in short racemes.
R. campylogynum is a dwarf evergreen shrub with small, glossy leaves, glaucous beneath, and open bell-shaped, pale or deep rosy-purple or pink flowers 2.5cm across in late spring.
BEST USE: Low Maintenance; City & Courtyard Gardens; Cottage & Informal Garden; Patio & Container Plants.
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus‘Cabaret’ (v)
Miscanthus can be deciduous or evergreen grasses with tufted or spreading habit, erect stems bearing arching, linear leaves and terminal panicles of silky spikelets in late summer or autumn. ‘Cabaret’ is a tall, clump-forming grass up to nearly 2.5m high. The dark green leaves, up to around 32mm wide, have a broad central white stripe and are topped in the autumn by coppery-pink flowerheads that turn a silver colour as they mature.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Architectural; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden.
Laburnum × watereri
Laburnum are small deciduous trees with leaves composed of three leaflets, and bright yellow pea-shaped flowers in pendent racemes.
L. × watereri is a small deciduous tree with trifoliate leaves that are slightly hairy beneath. In late spring and early summer, dense, drooping racemes of pea-like yellow flowers appear followed by partially-developed hairy seed pods.
BEST USE: Low Maintenance; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden.
Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’
alum root ‘Greenfinch’
Heuchera are more or less evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of small, tubular flowers, often with colourful calyces.
‘Greenfinch’ is a clump-forming perennial with rounded and shallowly lobed leaves and yellowish-green flowers on spikes to 1m tall.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Rock Garden.
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘White Pearl’
hyacinth ‘White Pearl’
Hyacinthus are bulbous perennial with glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves and fragrant, bell-shaped flowers with recurved petals, borne in loose or dense racemes in spring.
‘White Pearl’ is a bulbous perennial, to 30cm tall, with 3-4 strappy leaves. Tightly-packed, rigid spikes of fragrant, pure white flowers are borne in spring.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs; City & Courtyard Gardens; Cottage & Informal Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Mediterranean Climate Plants.
Rosa ‘Complicata’ (G)
Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits.
Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer.
‘Complicata’ is a strong-growing medium-sized shrub with bright green foliage on thorny stems and single, slightly scented, bright rose-pink, white-centred flowers to 11cm in width, with conspicuous yellow stamens.
BEST USE: Cut Flowers; Flower borders and beds; Wall-side Borders; Hedging & Screens; Cottage & Informal Garden.
plantain lily ‘Zounds’
Hosta are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with simple, ovate or lance-shaped leaves, often attractively coloured or variegated, and erect racemes of nodding, funnel or bell-shaped flowers in early summer.
‘Zounds’ makes a compact mound of puckered, broadly ovate, golden yellow leaves to 25cm long, with very pale purple flowers in mid-summer.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Ground Cover; Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden.
Prunus tenella ‘Fire Hill’
dwarf Russian almond ‘Fire Hill’
Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark. ‘Fire Hill’ is a small deciduous shrub with narrow, glossy dark green leaves and bowl-shaped deep pink flowers opening before and with the leaves in spring.
BEST USE: Low Maintenance; Flower borders and beds.
Ligustrum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and panicles of small, often unpleasantly scented white flowers in spring or summer, followed by black or deep purple berries.
L. vulgare is a bushy deciduous shrub with dull green, lance-shaped leaves and terminal panicles of small, white, unpleasantly scented flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.
BEST USE: Low Maintenance; Hedging & Screens; Wildflower meadow; Wildlife Gardens.