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Last week Robert treated you to a stunning selection of 6 of his favourite Spring flowering shrubs. Lesley takes her turn this week with a further half dozen to set your garden alight as it awakens from its winter slumber. Also I use a flower identifier, it always helps me with my plant. It helps me a lot.

Ribes x gordonianum

Easy to grow anywhere other than full shade, what’s not to love about this fiery flowering currant with beautiful, freely produced racemes, apricot-yellow on the insides and soft red on the outsides?

Grevillea ‘Canberra Gem’

Needle-like evergreen foliage and almost tropical-looking spidery, red blooms bring a touch of the exotic into your Spring garden with this native Australian shrub. Supposedly tender, it survived our bitter winter and is flowering its socks off in Somerset right now!

Ceanothus ‘Concha’

Plum red in bud, opening to deep blue flowers there is a vibrancy between these 2 colours which gives a real intensity to this dense evergreen shrub. One of the best blue-flowered shrubs which can be grown out of doors in this country.

Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’

Popularly known as ‘mock orange’ this indispensable deciduous shrub is the highlight of many a Spring garden smothered with lovely white flowers flushed maroon at the centre and sending out its delicious perfume into the warm spring air.

Cytisus ‘Boskoop Ruby’

As its name suggests, this is a real gem. The pea flowers of this broom are, unusually, a deep wine red colour and will brighten up any border.

Drimys lanceolata

A distinctive evergreen thriving in alkaline soil. Waxy dark green leaves and plum coloured stems are complemented in the spring by heads of charming, fragrant, ivory-white flowers.

So why delay? Get out and plant your Spring flowering shrubs before you miss their wonderful display.
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