GARDEN SHRUBS – how to identify some common garden shrubs
In Hillier’s book The Gardener’s Guide to Trees and Shrubs of which over 200 genera and 2000 species or varieties are listed in the form of shrubs. In urban areas a limited range of species and varieties are used for hedging or roadside decoration with a wider, more colourful range used in gardens and parks. Twenty common garden shrubs are shown on this page with photos of foliage, flowers and fruit and information of how they are used in urban environments
Berberis thunbergia has red/purple foliage in autumn. Berberis darwinii has 3 pointed leaves, yellow/red flowers and is thorny.
Pyracantha (Rose family) has white flowers in early summer, red, orange or yellow berries in autumn and is thorny.
Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange) is an evergreen shrub which has white flowers in April/May. Member of the Rutaceae (Rue/Citrus) family
Spirea (Rose family). Deciduous. Often sold as Spirea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ which has cascades of white flowers in March