Buddleja davidii

Scientific name: Buddleja davidii Synonym: Buddleja variabilis Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE Common names: "Butterfly bush" "summer lilac" "orange eye" Plant Type: Deciduous shrub Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full sun best - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average, tolerates clay Moisture: Moist well drained, handles drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-12' W 3-6' Leaf and Stem shape: Arching shoots with lance-shaped, … Continue reading Buddleja davidii


Ilex aquifolium

Scientific name: Ilex aquifolium Family: AQUIFOLIACEAE Common names: "Holly" "English holly" "holm" "hulst" "hulver" Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub or tree Conditions: Zone: 7-9 Light: Full sun - partial shade, less fruit in deeper shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Acidic humus rich soil Moisture: Evenly moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 30-50' W 15-25' … Continue reading Ilex aquifolium

Rubus armeniacus

Scientific name: Rubus armeniacus Synonym: R. discolor, R. procerus Family: ROSACEAE Common names: "Himalayan blackberry" Perennial or subshrub, often biennial, invasive weed Root system: Fibrous with spreading horizontal roots Conditions: Soil: Any average - fertile humusy soil Moisture:  Requires good moisture, moist but well drained Light: Full sun - light shade Location: Stream and river banks, grows … Continue reading Rubus armeniacus

Ulex europaeus

Scientific name: Ulex europaeus Family: PAPILIONACEAE Common names: "Gorse" "European furze" "thorn broom" Evergreen shrub, invasive weed Root system: Branching taproot Conditions: Soil: Grows best in poor sandy, infertile acidic soils Moisture: Well drained - drought Light: Full sun Location: Exposed or sheltered, seaside conditions Aesthetic: Size:  4-7' H & W, fast growing Leaf and Stem shape: Very spiny … Continue reading Ulex europaeus

Soleirolia soleirolii

Scientific name: Soleirolia soleirolii Synonym: Helxine soleirolii , Soleirolia green Family: URTICACEAE Common names: "Baby's tears" "mind-your-own-business" "mother of thousands" "angel's tears" "bits and pieces" "bread and cheese" "Corsican creeper" "Corsican curse" "friendship plant" "helxine" "Irish moss" "Paddy's wig" "Pollyanna vine" Plant Type: Evergreen perennial groundcover, invasive Conditions: Zone: 9-11 Light: Semi shade best but handles a wide range, … Continue reading Soleirolia soleirolii

Equisetum arvense

Scientific name: Equisetum arvense Family: EQUISETACEAE Common names: "Horsetail" "Field horsetail" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial weed, highly invasive tuber bearing root system Conditions: Light: Full sun - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic Moisture: Moist - wet and saturated soils with poor drainage Aesthetic: Leaf and Stem shape: Sterile stems with whorls of green four angled leaf … Continue reading Equisetum arvense

Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’

Scientific name: Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' Family: APIACEAE Common names: "Goutweed" "Bishops weed" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial , weedy Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Deep shade - full sun, best in more shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Any Moisture: Average , handles drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 10-24" W ∞ Leaf and Stem shape: Extensive mat of white-margined leaves Flower: Rather insignificant white … Continue reading Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’

Cirsium arvense

Scientific name: Cirsium arvense Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: "Canada thistle" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial invasive weed Conditions: Zone: All Light: Full sun - semi-shade Exposure: Exposed Soil: Any, dry rocky gravel Moisture: Moist well drained - dry Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-5' W 3' Leaf and Stem shape: Erect green stems with spiny toothed leaves Flower: Numerous … Continue reading Cirsium arvense

Onopordum acanthium

Scientific name: Onopordum acanthium Synonym: Onopordon acanthium Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: "Scotch thistle" "cotton thistle" "Argentine thistle" "giant thistle" "musk thistle" "Queen Mary's thistle" "silver thistle" "star thistle" "thistle-upon-thistle" Plant Type: Evergreen biennial Conditions: Zone: 6-9 Light: Full sun Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Fertile - poorer sites, neutral - slightly acidic best (some sources say slightly … Continue reading Onopordum acanthium