Flowering Shrubs and Evergreens for the Town Garden

Many shrubs described in this site can adapt themselves to town conditions, and those listed below are particularly suitable. Sponge the leaves of evergreens like rhododendrons, camellias and sweet bay occasionally to remove soot and grime.

Arundinaria nitida (bamboo)

Aucuba japonica (spotted laurel)


Buddleia davidii

Buxus sempervirens

Camellia japonica

Ceanothus Gloire de Versailles

Chaenomeles (japonica)

Cornus alba spaethii (dogwood)


Daphne mezereum

Deutzia scabra

Elaeagnus pungens aureo-variegata

Euonymus japonicus

Fatshedera lizei

Fatsia japonica (castor oil tree)


Fuchsia magellanica


Hydrangea macrophylla

Hypericum calycinum (rose of Sharon)

Ilex aquifolium (holly)

Kerria japonica (Jew’s mallow)

Laurus nobilis (sweet bay)

Lavandula (lavender)

Leycesteria formosa

Ligustrum (privet)

Mahonia aquifolium

Olearia haastii (New Zealand daisy)

Philadelphus (mock orange)

Prunus laurocerasus (common laurel)

P. lusitanica (Portugal laurel)

Pyracantha (fire thorn)

Rhododendron hybrids

Rhus typhina laciniata (stag’s horn sumach)

Ribes (flowering currant)

Rosmarinus (rosemary)

Senecio laxifolius



Syringa (lilac)

Taxus (yew)



In addition to these plants, the following shrubs are also particularly suitable for growing in town gardens:

Danae racemosa (Alexandrian laurel), evergreen, 3 to 4 ft., small yellow flowers and red fruit. Plant in autumn. Thrives in semi-shade and under trees.

Eriobotrya japonica (loquat), a bold and distinguished-looking evergreen, up to 20 ft. The glossy dark green leaves are corrugated, and about l ft. long and 4 to 5 in. wide. Fragrant yellowish flowers; rarely bears fruit in the British Isles. Plant in October or April. Prune in April. It needs a mild winter to do well.

Osmanthus ilicifolius (syn. O. aquifolium), a useful evergreen, 10 to 12 ft., with holly-like leaves. Fragrant white flowers in September. Plant in October or April. Very slow growing.

Symphoricarpos (snowberry). Deciduous, up to 8 ft. Untidy in growth, but will often thrive where all else fails. Pink flowers in July are followed by berries in winter, which persist after the leaves have fallen. Plant from October to February.

S. albus laevigatus, has white berries.

S. orbiculatus (coral berry), pink berries.

S. chenaultii, has rose-purple fruits and is a good plant for bees.

Yucca. A very striking evergreen to be used in strategic positions but only in large gardens. Tall, flowering spikes bearing creamy-white flowers in August rise from the rosette of sword-like leaves. Plant in October or April. Yucca filamentosa (Adam’s needle) has leaves about 2-½ ft. long and l to 2 in. wide; the flower spikes rise to 5 ft. Yucca recurvifolia has narrower leaves, which are softer, and therefore curve back; the flower spikes are about 4 ft. tall.

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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