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.
- 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.