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2 - Plant types
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Woody plants
In the immortal words of Monty Python: "We want a shrubbery!". Basically, they were asking for a bed filled with those plants that have a permanent, above-ground, 'woody' structure. But there are subtle differences.
Mature shrubs
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Shrubs
Shrubs such as roses, lavender and gorse have woody branches but no trunk.

The mighty oakTrees
Trees such as oak, beech and holly always have branches (and normally a single trunk) - however small.
Exceptions
  • Wall shrubs such as flowering quince, flannel flower, pineapple broom are man-made inventions - naturally bushy shrubs pruned and trained to grow flat
  • Woody climbers such as honeysuckle, jasmine and wisteria, have a number of long stems
Many woody plants have a range of attributes - lovely flowers, coloured leaves, attractive bark or berries, (autumn colour) - that 'do their thing' at different times of year, which means you get an ever-changing garden.

Gardening linksFind out more about growing shrubs in tubs on the main site
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