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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
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.
  • 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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