One's delight in an elderberry bush overhanging the confused leafage of a hedgerow bank, as a more gladdening sight than the finest cistus
or fuchsia spreading itself on the softest undulating turf, is an entirely unjustifiable preference to a nursery-gardener, or to any of those regulated minds who are free from the weakness of any attachment that does not rest on a demonstrable superiority of qualities.
Buddleia, chaenomeles, roses and conifers are not easy to move, and magnolia, mahonia, cytissus, cistus
and lavender are notoriously difficult and should mostly be left where they are.
Camellias, which will start flowering in the late winter, are also to be recommended, along with California lilac (Ceanothus), the sun rose (Cistus
), Hebes, Hydrangea, Lavender, St.
Larger areas are covered mostly by sageleaf rockrose (Cistus
salviifolius), 'Spiendens White' gazania, trailing iceplant (Drosanthemum hispidum), trailing geranium (G.
(a) One shrub does not flower in winter: Daphne, cistus
Try Convolvulus eneorum, Erinus alpinus, parahebe, Cistus
, Linaria alpina, Saxifrages, Silene acaulis, Oenothera acaulis, Dianthus alpinus, Narcissus cantabricus and Gypsophila aretioides.
Shrubs: Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Ceanothus "Blue Jeans' or "Emily Brown', *Mexican orange (Choisya ternata), * rockrose (Cistus
), pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), hazelnut (Corylus), *Daphne cneorum, Euonymus japonica, * ferns, English holly (Ilex aquifolium), * red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria), * oleander, cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa), dwarf pomegranate (Punica granatum "Nana'), * rhododendrons, Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum), and star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides).
3 (a) Cistus
, (b) Mrs Sinkins, (c) Runner beans, (d) Tulip, (e) Bramley's Seedling.
TRY to use plants which need relatively little watering such as pelargoniums, helenium, ornamental and edible sages, cistus
, rosemary, caryopteris, lavenders, senecios, phlomis and gazanias.
. Rockroses are borderline plants in the Northwest.
Abutilon, Camellia, Caryopteris, Choisya, Cistus
, Clematis, Cotoneaster, Deutzia, Enkianthus, Escallonia, Eucryphia, Hebe, Holly, Lavender, Mahonia, Philadelphus, Viburnum, Skimmia, Weigela.
x lusitanicus has a height and spread of between 12 and 24in (30- 60cm) but Cistus
x cyprius (pictured) grows 6 to 8ft high and has a 9ft spread.