Shrub to small tree, 1-5 m tall with a smooth stem, dark-grey to reddish bark. Large white flowers form showy clusters of leafy blossoms. Attracts wildlife to the urban garden. Good fall colour; use as a single specimen, hedge or background to borders. This shrub often spreads to form dense colonies. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Evergreen shrub up to 3 m tall with smooth red-brown bark that peels to reveal new bark beneath. Clusters of fragrant tiny white-pink urn-shaped flowers that bloom January–April at low elevations in the Victoria area. Hummingbirds feed on flower nectar. Summer red-brown berries are mealy but are eaten by many birds and mammals. May be difficult to find in nurseries but has great appeal as a landscape plant. Does best in a dry, sunny spot (will tolerate only light shade) with well-drained sandy to rocky, slightly acid soil. Grows very well if given the right conditions. Requires regular watering until established (1-2 years). The hybrid X media, with its smaller stature, may be more suitable for small urban gardens. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click here for propagation information.
Trailing evergreen groundcover. This low-growing shrub has clusters of fragrant nectar-filled white-pink urn-shaped flowers that attract butterflies, caterpillars and hummingbirds in early spring. It blooms May–June and red berries remain over winter, unless eaten by birds or deer. Good for rockeries, rock walls, banks and any open, dry, sunny location, also under pines or arbutus. A good soil stabilizer, it is also an alternative to lawn in hard to mow places. Grows well with Ceanothus velutinus. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Shrub to 4 m in height. Large clusters of fragrant creamy white flowers make a beautiful show late June – July. Flower clusters turn brown and remain over winter. Grows on a wide range of well-drained soils in sun or partial shade and is drought tolerant once established. It is also tolerant of salt spray. This shrub is an important food source for insects and small, seed-eating birds. Excellent soil-binding characteristics for site stabilization and erosion control. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click here for propagation information.
An evergreen, prostrate, trailing, branched shrub usually less than 1 m high, it can form mats or clumps up to 3 m in diameter. Bark is very thin, reddish-brown, shredding to scaly. Leaves are needle-like, stiff and very prickly, dark-green above and whitish below. Male and female cones are on separate plants. Female cones are berry-like, fleshy, pale green when young, changing to bluish-black at maturity and covered with a white-grey bloom. A highly-valued ornamental with good colour contrast, it combines well with Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Evergreen shrub 0.5-2.5 m tall, with yellowish bark and wood. Leaves are evergreen and holly-like. The yellow flowers are showy and fragrant and the purple berries are edible. A high quality landscaping plant, it is useful in shrub borders and mixes well with other evergreen species. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Popular ornamental 10-60 cm tall. Four season characteristics – showy bright yellow flowers, nectar eaten by Anna's hummingbird, grape-like edible fruit and good fall/winter colour. Use on banks or as a ground cover. Good ground cover under conifers or deciduous trees. Compact habit so could be used in a short border and for ground cover in a woodland setting. Photo by Carolyn Masson. Click here for propagation information.
Medium to tall shrub (1-5 m) stems clumped and arching. The attractive bark is purplish-brown and the leaves are deciduous. White, drooping flowers are in clusters at the ends of short auxiliary branchlets. This shrub has good wildlife value - fruits attract birds and mammals. Good foliage colour. First to leaf out in spring and turns bright yellow in late summer/fall. Use in shrub border, as a specimen tree, or in a large rockery. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Showy, aromatic shrub 1.5-3 m high. Clusters of fragrant white flowers 2-3 cm wide appear in early summer. This shrub is highly adaptable, growing in sun or partial shade, and is excellent as part of a border or alone. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Shrub 1–3 m tall that blooms April – June. Clusters of showy reddish-pink flowers provide a critical source of early-spring nectar for hummingbirds. The round blue-black berries are unpalatable to humans, but attract birds to the garden. Coarse, well-drained moist soils preferred. Fairly drought-resistant once established: full sun to partial shade. Excellent, showy, back-of-border shrub for the home garden. Beautiful in groups and drifts in larger settings. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.