Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:01
I like Potentillas for a long flowering season. Deciduous but they start into growth quite early. Flower colours from whites, creams, yellows through to deep oranges and the odd red. Hebes are great for a well drained spot. Evergreen and all sorts of varieties. Bees love the flowers - whites, pinks and purples. Both of those are pretty easy and readily available. Lots of the Azaleas come in dwarf form so they're slow growing and you get lots of colours, and Pieris are slow growing too. The new foliage on those is nice after the little white flowers at this time of year.
I have Osmanthus burkwoodii for the first time in this garden and it's very nice. The scented white flowers are lovely,and it has dark green foliage.
My mind has now gone blank!