Acer griseum: Paperbark maple. A small tree, easy to grow. The bark is a beautiful peeling cinnamon brown, very characteristic and attractive. The typical small maple leaves turn good autumn colours.
Acer palmatum: Japanese maple. A small tree or large dome-shaped shrub. Tolerates most fertile soils. The leaves are bold, lobed, very attractive, fresh bright green, with excellent autumn colours. Appreciates some protection from the coldest winds.
Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’: A medium sized deciduous Japanese maple. Deeply lobed orange/yellow leaves which turn yellow in autumn. It has striking red stems in winter.
Acer palmatum Bloodgood: A medium to large shrub. The leaves are dark red to purple, turning fiery red in autumn. Spectacular.
Acer Tamukeyama: A small, slow-growing Japanese maple, with delicate, lacy, burgundy red foliage, small purple flowers and fantastic, deep red autumn colour.
Acer palm Osakazuki: Sensational autumn colour. Attractive fine lush green maple leaves.
Agapanthus: Summer-flowering perennial plants, grown for their showy flowers, commonly in shades of blue and purple, but also white and pink.
Amelanchier lamarckii: Snowy mespilus. A fabulous small deciduous tree, surprisingly tough. The young leaves are copper red, then green and finally a rich orange in autumn. Masses of racemes of white flowers in spring, with black fruits later.
Betula albosinensis Fascination multi-stem: A medium-sized tree of pyramidal habit with stiffly ascending branches and green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. Peeling, deep orange bark turns a pale pink-white and in spring, yellow-brown male catkins up to 10cm long also appear in spring
Betula utilis jacquemontii multi-stem: A vigorous deciduous tree to 18m tall, with brilliant white bark on the trunk and larger branches; ovate leaves turn yellow in autumn; yellow-brown male catkins to 12cm long open in early spring
Cercidiphyllum japonicum: Katsura tree. Small to medium tree. Prefers a rich ordinary soil. The leaves are heart-shaped, attractive, and take on subtle but effective shades of yellow and orange in autumn.
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’: This deciduous shrub has oval, dark green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it’s really grown for the bright, coral-red stems that are revealed when the leaves fall. This lovely dogwood looks stunning planted in groups, beside water, or in a winter border. Best in full sun, it works particularly well with orange or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.
Cornus Kesselringii: A deciduous shrub with deep red shoots that darken and turn a blackish-purple colour in winter
Cornus controversa variegata: ‘Wedding cake’. Very attractive in its own right, with beautiful pale bunches of flowers in spring, excellent variegated leaves, with good autumn colour and small dark fruits.
Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’: Extremely floriferous and sets a very heavy crop of fruit. When in bloom, the bracts can conceal the foliage.
Cornus kousa chinensis: A large graceful shrub. Lots of white flowers are carried in bunches in early summer. Pointed red fruits follow. Good red and orange autumn colour.
Corylus maxima Purpurea: Purple filbert. A large shrub or small tree, with conspicuous cordate purple leaves. The colour lasts throughout the summer. Filberts carried in autumn, plentifully in a good year and location.
Cotoneaster franchettii: A tough evergreen shrub with small oval glossy grey/green leaves. In early summer white/pink flowers are produced followed by orange/scarlet fruits.
Evergreen shrub with silvery green leaves, not fussy about aspect or soil type. Small scented flowers later in the year. Makes an excellent broad informal hedge, it can reach 2 metres or more.
Euonymus alatus: A large, spreading, deciduous shrub, the branchlets often developing conspicuous corky wings. Leaves oval, turning rosy-crimson in autumn. Flowers small, greenish, followed by purplish-red fruits splitting to reveal orange seeds