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Groundcover plants

Carpeting the ground with minimal fuss, ground cover plants are useful for covering bare patches of soil beneath trees, stabilising soil on steep banks and slopes, adding structure and form to your borders and reducing the need for weeding. As dependable, low maintenance plants which solve many landscaping problems quickly and easily, they can also be tucked between stepping stones along a garden path or grown below centre-piece plants in troughs, tubs or containers.

Thyme is a great drought-tolerant groundcover which excels in beds, borders and containers. Sedums such as Sedum Purple Carpet are prized for use in green roofs and living walls because they are so adaptable. Lamb's Ears plants such as or Stachys Silver Carpet have silvery-green, fuzzy leaves with a sprawling habit and flower spikes in summer. Be sure to weed thoroughly before planting as any weeds that remain will be much more difficult to remove afterwards.

 

Androsace septentrionalis 'Stardust' (9cm)

CODE: 8940

Androsace septentrionalis 'Stardust' is a mound forming, low growing alpine perennial with dark grey-green evergreen foliage with a slightly... More 

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Arabis caucasica 'Snowcap' (9cm)

CODE: 9330

An attractive, easy-to-grow evergreen perennial which forms a low-growing mat of jagged, hairy grey-green leaves. It produces masses of stunning,... More 

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Arabis coburgii 'Old Gold' (9cm)

CODE: 9331

A pretty mat-forming perennial with glossy, variegated leaves that are golden-green in colour. White flowers appear in spring. Remove any shoots,... More 

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Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (9cm)

CODE: 89

This is a versatile, ground-covering, evergreen perennial which bears masses of beautiful, pure white flowers held in clusters high above the foliage.... More 

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Arenaria montana 'Blizzard' (9cm)

CODE: 8943

Arenaria montana 'Blizzard' is a low growing evergreen perennial with lance shaped, grey-green foliage on upright stems. In early summer it... More 

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Armeria maritima 'Alba' (9cm)

CODE: 8944

Armeria maritima 'Alba' is a small evergreen perennial with green grass like mounds of leaves. In late spring it produces clusters of white... More 

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Astilbe x japonica 'Deutschland' (2L)

CODE: 603

Astilbe are an attractive herbaceous perennial with glossy green foliage that produces tiny white flowers in late spring or early summer. Old... More 

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Bergenia 'Bressingham White' (2L)

CODE: 646

Bergenia 'Bressingham White' is a pretty evergreen perennial with large leathery (Elephant's Ears) rounded green leaves that are flushed red... More 

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Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens'

CODE: 2108

Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens' is an excellent shrubby ground cover plant which bears luminous, snowy white flowers throughout summer. It has... More 

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Cistus x hybridus (syn. Cistus x corbariensis)

CODE: 2107

Cistus x hybridus (syn. Cistus x corbariensis) is an evergreen variety and is one of the two hardiest cistuses. It bears single white flowers with yellow... More 

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Convallaria majalis (2L)

CODE: 433

This is a beautiful, spring flowering deciduous bulb with arching racemes of small, pendent, sweetly scented white flowers. These are perfect for adding... More 

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Convolvulus cneorum

CODE: 2325

Convolvulus cneorum is a versatile, slow growing, spreading evergreen shrub that provides excellent groundcover as well as looking great cascading over... More 

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Cotoneaster atropurpureus 'Variegatus'

CODE: 2123

A variegated leaved, red berried cotoneaster. Pinkish-white flowers are succeeded by red fruits. A deciduous stiff branched spreading shrub with glossy... More 

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Cotoneaster dammeri - Shrub

CODE: 4107

This is an outstanding, easy to grow, versatile evergreen groundcover with a vigorous, wide-spreading growth habit and small, oval, glossy dark green... More 

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Cotoneaster horizontalis

CODE: 2127

A deep green leaved, red berried cotoneaster. Pinkish-white flowers are succeeded by red fruits. A deciduous stiff branched spreading shrub with glossy... More 

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Cotoneaster microphyllus

CODE: 2304

A small, evergreen, spreading shrub with tiny glossy green leaves and white flowers in spring and summer, followed by red berries – essential food... More 

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Dianthus 'Albus Plenus' (9cm)

CODE: 95

Masses of attractive, dainty, single pure white flowers with a sweet scent and fringed petals appear across the whole plant from June to September. This... More 

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Erica carnea f. alba 'Golden Starlet'

CODE: 121

A prostrate, evergreen variety with a neat, compact, mat-forming growth habit and glowing, golden-yellow summer foliage. In the winter the foliage turns... More 

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Erica carnea f. alba 'Springwood White'

CODE: 9841

Erica carnea f. alba 'Springwood White' is a prostrate, evergreen variety with a neat, compact, mat-forming growth habit and vivid bright green... More 

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Erica x darleyensis 'Silberschmelze'

CODE: 132

This is an excellent evergreen heather which bears white flowers from October right through to the end of May. It has medium green foliage that should be... More 

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Erica x darleyensis f. albiflora 'White Perfection'

CODE: 133

This is a vigorous, evergreen variety with stiff, bright green, needle-like foliage that becomes attractively tipped with yellow during the spring. Often... More 

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Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion' (9cm)

CODE: 8953

Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion' or the Mexican Fleabane Daisy is versatile mat-forming perennial. It is low growing and happy in either full... More 

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Gaultheria procumbens

CODE: 10304

An excellent evergreen, ground cover plant. The thick glossy foliage is strong and bold. White, urn shaped flowers appear mid to late summer followed by... More 

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Geranium phaeum 'Album' (2L)

CODE: 8230

Geranium phaeum 'Album' has small pure white flowers with golden anthers and is an ideal variety to grow as a contrast to darker coloured... More 

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Geranium pratense 'Plenum Album' (2L)

CODE: 649

Hardy geraniums are the most popular perennials in the UK. They’re tough and easy to grow, many flower for months on end, and many smother weeds... More 

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Geranium renardii (2L)

CODE: 448

A beautiful geranium with velvety, scalloped, sage green leaves which form a neat mound whilst the deeply purple veined lavender coloured flowers offer a... More 

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Hebe 'Silver Dollar'

CODE: 2314

‘Silver Dollar’ is a low-growing, compact, variegated, evergreen shrub. The small grey-green leaves have cream margins, and take on a pink... More 

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Helleborus niger (2L)

CODE: 451

This is a stunning, semi-evergreen, clump forming perennial bearing wonderful, white, bowl-shaped flowers which are often pink-flushed from February to... More 

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Heuchera 'Amber Waves' (2L)

CODE: 457

'Amber Waves' has a clump-forming habit, with clear yellow to golden leaves which contrast beautifully against a flurry of ruffle edged amber and... More 

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Heuchera 'Autumn Glow' (2L)

CODE: 640

A vibrant, brightly coloured heuchera with a neat habit. The slightly ruffled leaves turn to a yellowy orange as they mature, with new leaves being a... More 

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Heuchera 'Autumn Leaves' (2L)

CODE: 658

With its stunning red leaves and tall spires of creamy white flowers, the heuchera ‘autumn leaves’ truly is a showstopper. Its beautiful... More 

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Heuchera 'Beauty Colour' (2L)

CODE: 458

An absolutely outstanding new Heuchera. Semi-evergreen blue silver scalloped leaves displaying superb colour contrast beautifully with deep purple veins... More 

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Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie' (2L)

CODE: 594

Berry Smoothie is perfect for adding a touch of colour to your borders in a shady site. The large bright rose-pink leaves take on bronze hues as summer... More 

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Heuchera 'Mahogany' (2L)

CODE: 459

'Mahogany' is smooth, almost leathery to look at, with plum purple semi-evergreen leaves which turn glossy mahogany maroon as spring progresses.... More 

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Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' (2L)

CODE: 461

'Midnight Rose' has deep maroon frilled semi-evergreen leaves, finely splashed with brightest pink in spring, turning creamy red on dark burgundy... More 

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Heuchera 'Peach Flambe' (2L)

CODE: 463

Another absolutely outstanding new Heuchera. Semi-evergreen, with the brightest peach coloured leaves, softening through summer before finally turning... More 

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Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls' (2L)

CODE: 464

Beautiful, many-lobed, maple-shaped, silvery leaves with an outstanding, ruffled appearance and attractive, burgundy-coloured undersides. Young foliage... More 

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Heuchera 'Sunrise' (2L)

CODE: 659

A mound forming perennial with beautiful orange leaves which are large and leathery, and fade to a pale yellow as it matures. In the summer months, tall... More 

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Heuchera 'Zipper' (2L)

CODE: 636

The superb brightly coloured, seriously ruffled leaves of the ‘zipper’ are brilliantly eye-catching and will make a vibrant addition to any... More 

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Heuchera villosa 'Palace Purple' (2L)

CODE: 462

Large, maple-shaped, glossy deep purple semi-evergreen leaves with an outstanding, ruffled appearance and beetroot-red undersides provide a beautiful,... More 

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Heucherella 'Gold Zebra' (2L)

CODE: 642

A striking hybrid, this beautiful plant combines the best aspects of ‘coral bells’ and ‘foam flower’ making for pretty mounds of... More 

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Heucherella 'Quicksilver' (2L)

CODE: 9687

Heucherella 'Quicksilver' is a mound forming, semi-evergreen perennial. Its foliage is a silvery metallic colour with intense charcoal veining... More 

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Heucherella 'Redstone Falls' (2L)

CODE: 516

This trailing Heucherella has dark-veined foliage, coppery red in spring, and maturing to reddish brown in autumn and winter. Perfect for cascading... More 

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Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' (2L)

CODE: 617

Heucherella are a cross between Coral Bells and Foam Flowers which combines the best traits of each into one plant. ‘Solar Eclipse’ is a... More 

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Heucherella 'Stoplight' (2L)

CODE: 467

This is a dazzling, large-leaved, evergreen Heucherella with magnificent, straw-yellow foliage which displays a large, deep maroon-red flare in the... More 

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Heucherella 'Sunrise Falls' (2L)

CODE: 557

Another wonderful addition to the ‘falls’ collection of trailing Heucherellas. Sunrise Falls is the brightest of the collection. The leaves... More 

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Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' (2L)

CODE: 468

Superb for growing in a container or using as an impact plant at the front of a border, this Heuchera has large, deeply-lobed, burnt orange... More 

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Heucherella 'Twilight' (2L)

CODE: 637

Luscious black leaves with silver variegation make this Heucherella truly unique. It is especially vigorous, and makes excellent groundcover as a result.... More 

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Heucherella tiarelloides (2L)

CODE: 660

Heucherella is a hybrid genus produced from a Heuchera and a Tiarella, the end result is a stunning, vigorous plant which tend to produce better colours... More 

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Hosta 'Blue Angel' (2L)

CODE: 469

A superb clump forming Hosta with very large steely blue heart shaped leaves and contrasting creamy white/lavender bell shaped flowers. An RHS and AGM... More 

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Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' (2L)

CODE: 472

Available May 2018 Striking, ivy-like, heart-shaped leaves with wide, irregular margins of red, bronze, cream and yellow that contrast well with... More 

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Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

CODE: 1601

This is a valuable, fully hardy strong-growing deciduous climber reaching up to 15 metres (0.5-1 metres of annual growth). Aerial roots attach it to the... More 

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Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris 'Miranda'

CODE: 8106

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris 'Miranda' is an eye-catching semi-evergree climbing hydrangea. It can reach heights of 18 metres with a... More 

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Iberis sempervirens 'Fischbeck' (9cm)

CODE: 8958

Iberis sempervirens 'Fischbeck' is a relatively fast growing spreading evergreen that typically reaches around 30cm in height. It has dark green... More 

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' (syn Dicentra) (2L)

CODE: 525

Beautiful delicate 'bleeding heart' shaped white flowers dangle from arching stems in early summer. Delicate mid-green fern like foliage. Ideal... More 

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Leucothoe 'Scarletta'

CODE: 2214

An ornamental ground cover shrub which bears pendant, white flowers in May. Young growth is bright scarlet colour and the autumn colour is a very... More 

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Liriope muscari 'Monroe White' (2L)

CODE: 522

Very useful clump-forming evergreen perennial, which will tolerate a wide range of conditions ranging from drought to shade. Dark green strap-shaped... More 

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Lonicera pileata

CODE: 2217

This is a dense, bushy variety with a spreading growth habit and angular branches which are clothed with masses of small, glossy, mid-green leaves. It... More 

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Luzula nivea (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1695

This is a delightful, tuft-forming evergreen grass with pointed, fresh green leaves that have black tips and are perfect for adding architectural flare... More 

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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (Black Dragon) (2L)

CODE: 6038

An extraordinary, clump-forming, hardy evergreen perennial grass with stunning purple-green, strap-like leaves that turn jet black when grown in full sun... More 

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Pachysandra terminalis

CODE: 2225

This plant forms a dense mat of evergreen foliage, fragrant, white flowers are borne in spring. Brilliant for shaded areas, and excellent for... More 

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Photinia serratifolia Crunchy 'REV100'

CODE: 5728

Photinia serratifolia Crunchy 'REV100' is an exciting new variety of Photinia that is hardy and disease resistant. New leaves start out copper... More 

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Pratia pedunculata 'Alba' (9cm)

CODE: 8964

Pratia pedunculata 'Alba' is a small groundcover perennial that quickly creates a carpet of small ovate dark green leaves. This sea of... More 

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Pratia pedunculata ‘Treadwellii’ (9cm)

CODE: 8963

Pratia pedunculata ‘Treadwellii’ is a small groundcover perennial that quickly creates a carpet of small soft mid green leaves. This sea of... More 

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

CODE: 2244

Spikes of white flowers in late spring, followed by cherry-like red, then black berries. An evergreen, very dense bush with stiff glossy, dark-green... More 

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' - Lollipop

CODE: 7926

A half standard lollipop version of the popular Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' shrub. Spikes of white flowers in late spring, followed by... More 

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Zabeliana'

CODE: 2243

This is a low-growing, evergreen shrub which bears erect panicles of small, white flowers between April and May. These are produced above narrow,... More 

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Pulmonaria 'Opal' (2L)

CODE: 581

Stunning compact semi-evergreen perennial with large, pale lilac-blue flowers which open in spring from pink buds. These are accented beautifully with... More 

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Pyracantha 'Golden Paradise'

CODE: 8234

Pyracantha 'Golden Paradise' is an evergreen shrub with a bushy habit. Uniquely it stands out from other pyracantha varieties because its... More 

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Pyracantha 'Orange Charmer'

CODE: 2352

Pyracantha ‘Orange Charmer’ is initially an upright evergreen shrub that goes on to spread later. It produces small white flowers in late... More 

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Pyracantha 'Soleil D'Or'

CODE: 2249

Fantastic, evergreen, shrub which has a number of assets. The dense clusters of white flowers are borne amid the deep green foliage throughout summer.... More 

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Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Column'

CODE: 2247

This is an extremely tough and hardy, evergreen shrub that can tolerate a wide range of demanding conditions, including shaded and exposed positions. It... More 

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Rosa 'Ballerina' (Polyantha)

CODE: 79

Clusters of tiny, slightly fragrant flowers adorn this pretty polyantha shrub rose throughout summer, right through to early autumn. Pale pink tips and... More 

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Sarcococca confusa

CODE: 2258

This is a compact, evergreen bush producing small, creamy-white flowers that release a powerful and pervasive, rich honey scent into the air. These are... More 

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

CODE: 2259

This is a dwarf, evergreen shrub which produces a beautiful, lingering fragrance of honey-scented vanilla. It has attractive, narrow glossy green leaves... More 

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Sedum album 'Coral Carpet' (9cm)

CODE: 8969

Sedum album 'Coral Carpet' is a fast, low growing evergreen perennial that is a great source of groundcover and can tolerate poor soil... More 

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Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa'

CODE: 2270

A deciduous, bright green crinkled leafed ground coverer bearing huddled panicles of star shaped white flowers in early summer. Orange/yellow autumnal...

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Strawberry - Fragaria x ananassa 'Cambridge Favourite' (8/9cm)

CODE: 10084

One of the best known varieties of strawberry around. Large, bright red fruits which crop heavily, with a flavour that is sweet and juicy. A popular... More 

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Tellima grandiflora (2L)

CODE: 588

Tall, wiry spikes of greenish-white flowers appear above the rosettes of hairy, deep green leaves in early summer. As the flowers age they take on a... More 

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Tiarella 'Jeepers Creepers' (2L)

CODE: 517

Jeepers Creepers has a creeping habit, making a change from Tiarellas usual ‘running’ habit. Maple shaped green leaves are well marked with a... More 

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Trachelospermum jasminoides (2/3L)

CODE: 1616

Clusters of striking white flowers are produced in summer, set off beautifully against the dark green foliage, which turns bronze in winter. An award... More 

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Trachelospermum jasminoides (5/7L)

CODE: 5947

Clusters of striking white flowers are produced in summer, set off beautifully against the dark green foliage, which turns bronze in winter. An award... More 

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Viburnum davidii

CODE: 2278

A fantastic, evergreen variety with large, leathery, dark green leaves which are decorated with three distinctive, almost parallel veins. It produces... More 

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