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Chaenomeles x superba 'Fascination'

For an eye-catching display early in springtime when most other plants are still slowly awakening from winter, choose the Flowering Quince. Bright and bold, flowering on bare winter stems, Chaenomeles x superba 'Fascination' brings an early splash of red to the border, or can beMore Info

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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Tower'

Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla 'Black Tower' has the most wonderfully deep, dark, dense and compact foliage and with its upright habit makes it a great Elder for small gardens. Sambucus is a great specimen plant too as it has the most unusual, flattened heads of fragrant pink flowMore Info

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Chaenomeles x superba 'Clementine'

Flowering early in the spring, Chaenomeles x superba 'Clementine' is a welcome sight, heralding the start of a new season with its double orange-red blooms borne on bare, spiny stems. Pollinating insects make a bee-line for its rich nectar which is so valuable early in the year.More Info

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Potentilla fruticosa 'Cr�me Brule' First Edition

Potentilla fruticosa 'Cr�me Brule' First Edition has dark green foliage that provides the ideal backdrop for the lovely double, creamy-white flowers it produces throughout the whole summer. This delightful Shrubby Cinquefoil is a small, deciduous shrub that can easily find a homeMore Info

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Deutzia purpurea 'Kalmiiflora'

Deutzia purpurea 'Kalmiiflora' is an excellent, stand-alone specimen plant, although it will also hold its own in busy, sunny borders. The hardy shrub's foliage consists of open branches covered with deciduous, oval leaves. In the spring, dark pink flower buds are added to the miMore Info

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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Beauty'

Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla 'Black Beauty' has the most beautiful, delicate pink flowers which contrast well with the deep, dark and dense foliage; making this hardy shrub a really decorative specimen plant. With sweet, lemon-scented blooms which are carried in dense flower cluMore Info

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'

Here's a grand Hinoki Cypress which brings a striking splash of evergreen lemon-yellow foliage to brighten up the garden. Its branches grow in upright dense fern-like sprays, giving structure to the border all year long. Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' makes a fine specimenMore Info

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Escallonia 'Donard Seedling'

Escallonia 'Donard Seedling' is an easy to grow shrub with glossy dark green leaves and an abundance of pale pink saucer shaped flowers during summer. Escallonia have an in-built versatility that makes them suitable for shrub borders, specimen planting, screening and hedging andMore Info

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Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii is a truly unique, hardy tree that provides a rainbow of colour throughout the season. In April, it produces pure white blossom, making it easy to see why it has been given the alternative name Snowy Mespilus. When the specimen plant's leaves open in the sprMore Info

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Edgeworthia chrysantha

This special shrub is an early feature in the garden as the flowering period is February till April. The flower starts as dozens of silky white buds which shimmer in the winter sunshine, then open up to reveal richly perfumed canary yellow flowers atop the bare stems. EdgeworthiaMore Info

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Phoenix Palm

Phoenix Palm is often known as Canary Island Date Palm because of its exotic appearance, but it looks just as at home in a British greenhouse, conservatory or even in a sheltered garden. If grown in a container the hardy perennial will reach approximately 1.8m (6'). However, if gMore Info

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Lemon 'Eureka'

An excellent variety producing large, thick skinned lemons equal in quality to those purchased from a supermarket - and ideal for adding to a gin and tonic! Set against a foil of glossy, dark foliage, the delicate clusters of tiny white flowers fill the air with their delicious fMore Info

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Ceanothus 'Marie Bleu'

With its long flowering period and compact habit, Ceanothus 'Marie Bleu' is ideal for rockeries, cottage gardens and wildlife gardens ? where it will attract pollinating insects. This neat, rounded specimen forms a good ground cover or low hedging. Glossy green, deciduous foliageMore Info

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Clematis florida 'Sieboldii'

Sought after for its showy blooms of crisp, white petals that surround a central dome of rich, purple stamens. This show-stopping clematis is fantastic for transforming walls and fences into a floral showpiece. When the flowers fade, the fluffy seed heads continue the performanceMore Info

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Laburnum anagyroides

Laburnum anagyroides is a large and robust spreading tree with glorious, golden-yellow spring colour - you won't be able to resist making this tree a feature in your garden! The fragrant flowers are produced in long racemes, followed by silvery pods. Laburnum is quick growing, anMore Info

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Philadelphus 'Albatre'

Nothing beats the rich, sweet scent of a Mock Orange in full bloom! These hardy shrubs fill the air with a heady scent which wafts from pure white, semi double blooms which appear with a flourish in early summer. The leaves of Philadelphus 'Albatre' provide a dark green backdropMore Info

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Sorbus ulleungensis 'Olympic Flame'

Commonly known as False Acacia, this golden-leaved tree makes a colourful specimen plant. The pinnate foliage emerges citrus yellow, and darkens to chartreuse-green before autumn turns it buttery gold.More Info

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Salvia 'Lavender Dilly Dilly'

Commonly known as Cheal?s Weeping Cherry, this eye-catching cultivar makes a superb stand-alone specimen plant. Pendulous branches drape from a central trunk to create a cascade of double pink Cherry blossom from late April.More Info

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Nandina domestica

Delicate in appearance the Nandina domestica is an ideal specimen plant for centre stage in your garden. Heavenly Bamboo from the Far East will happily grow in the UK and is at home in our climate. An upright, bamboo-like shrub with narrow oval shaped, lanceolate leaflets, whichMore Info

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Euonymus japonicus

If you are looking for a plant that you can mould to suit your purposes then a Euonymus Japonica is to be considered. It will make a delightful specimen plant with it's attractive dark green leaves but if you want to use it as a formal hedge or screen just keep clipped into shapeMore Info

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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold'

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold' is a slow-growing conifer with a Yew-like appearance. Commonly known as the Plum Yew, it enjoys a cool, moist position and makes a useful specimen plant for shaded woodland areas. 'Korean Gold' is a columnar variety with a compact narrow grMore Info

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Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy'

Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy' is an interesting specimen plant for a garden, with unusual foliage that looks like upward-growing, coarse yellow-green strands. This hardy, evergreen conifer forms a rounded pear shape, and can turn bronze/ orange during the winter before returningMore Info

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke Twin'

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke Twin' is an upright conifer which grows into a tall, evergreen column, making a fine specimen plant for the border or rockery. The foliage is dark green, with young leaves tipped with gold. This dwarf Hinoki Cypress is easy to grow and needs little maMore Info

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Red Leaf Rose (Hedging)

The Red Leaf Rose is a great choice for hedging for several reasons, not least its natural beauty. With its pretty pink flowers and purple-grey leaves, it stands alone as a beautiful specimen plant, or adds a touch of colour to the mix when grown with other hedging plants. It proMore Info

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Balsam Fir

If you are searching for a hardy, evergreen tree that requires only minimal pruning, this Balsam Fir is the one for you. The conifer grows a mere 2.5cm (1) a year, making it an ideal specimen plant for low-maintenance rockeries and alpine gardens. Abies balsamea 'Nana' has a rounMore Info

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Berberis thunbergii

Although Berberis thunbergii is often used as a prickly, low hedge, its green foliage, yellow spring blooms and red autumn berries also make for a great specimen plant. This Barberry is particularly eye-catching when its deciduous leaves turn firey shades of gold, orange and redMore Info

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Viburnum plicatum 'Watanabe'

Viburnum plicatum 'Watanabe' bears exquisite white lacecap flowers in mid September, helping to extend the season of interest in your garden. Like other Viburnums, this variety features layers of branches with bright green foliage. Ideal in a mixed border or as a specimen plant,More Info

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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea

This variety of Japanese Barberry is distinguished by its density, which makes it an ideal candidate for use as a thick hedge. However, its rounded habit is equally notable, meaning that the hardy shrub can be grown into an excellent specimen plant, perfect for sunny or partiallyMore Info

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Magnolia 'Red Lucky' (Patio Standard)

Often flowering twice a year, Magnolia 'Red Lucky' makes a superb specimen plant. The white petals, flushed on the outside with deep pink markings, appear in spring and again in late summer. This exceptional deciduous magnolia requires little maintenance making it ideal for the bMore Info

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Aronia x prunifolia 'Autumn Magic'

This Chokeberry's name derives from the spectacular red and orange display it puts on in autumn. Before its leaves take on these colourful tones, they are green and waxy. The hardy shrub's foliage is also slow growing, making it a great specimen plant, particularly for large bordMore Info

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