Garden Shrubs Beginning with L - a-z Letter listing
Lavandula; Laburnum; Lagerstroemia; Lantana; Laurus; Lavatera;
Leptospermum; Lycesteria; Ligustrum; Lithodora; Lonicera; Lupinus:
Lavenders - Lavandula for our featured group of shrubs starting
with the letter L.
Laburnum – Golden Rain:
- More of a small tree, but often planted in association
with shrubs. Can be bought as a multi stem shrub - which is quite
spectacular - for a couple of weeks!
Landscaping Shrubs and Bushes
- Get away from the normally accepted list of subjects to plant. Be
Lagerstroemia – Crape Myrtle – Crepe Myrtle:
- Generally half hardy shrub with attractive peeling bark. The
upright panicles of flowers are superb.
- Tender shrub - evergreen foliage and showy flowers in various
colours. Can be griown outdoors in summer in UK, then overwintered
Lapageria: - generally not hardy. Evergreen climber
with tubular/bell shaped flowers normally red, but also with a white
form. Only for warmer countries, or grow in greenhouse.
Laurel - Prunus:
Prunus - Evergreen
The bay tree: - Often clipped to shape, otherwise largish
evergreen shrub with aromatic foliage beloved of chefs.
Lavandula – Lavender.
A superb range of evergreen low-growing shrubs which are mainly hardy -
the English types more reliably so. Flower colours range from the
deep lavender blue, through pinks and white now. English and French
types differ in flower and hardiness.
– Mallow: - One of the longest flowering of all shrubs. Only
drawback is that it gets damaged in hard winter, and oftend splits
assunder. No matter. Easy to grow and cut back hard. Off it goes again.
Lavender - Lavandula:
- See Lavandula above.
Leptospermum – Tea tree:-
Evergreen with multitudinous flowers. Hardy in many areas -
unless cold, wet winter. Grow in a sheltered but sunny place.
Leucothoe:- Not reliably hardy evergreen with good
foliage. needs acid and preferably moist soil conditions to thrive.
Flowers are similar to Pieris - but not as showy.
Leycesteria – Pheasant Berry:
- Hardy deciduous shrubb with good foliage, but mainly
grown for the drooping deep crimson flower bracts and berries. Cut back
hard each year.
Ligustrum – Privet:
- Not only for hedges but also one or two that have good
variegated foliage and very sweetly scented flowers. Hardy.
Lilac - Syringa:
- Deep blue flowers on this ground hugging shrub. Evergreen and
Lonicera - Honeysuckle:
- Normally showy climbers with scented flowers, but also
a few shrubby varieties available. Not always reliable flowering - but
that is normally because of wrongful pruning of some types.
Lonicera fragrantissima and L. x purpussii Winter Beauty
Lonicera - Climbers and Shrub types.
– Shrubby Lupin: - There is the tree lupin and also a few
shrubby Lupins that are hardy and well worth growing.
By David Hughes -