Ceanothus x veitchianus – This California Lilac is a cross between Ceanothus griseus and C. rigidus. It bears small clusters of fragrant blue flowers from mid to late spring, with sporadic blooms in summer. It is an evergreen shrub with toothed dark green leaves (on the upper side). Prefers full sun and is drought tolerant. Grows 6-10′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 8.
Rhododendron x BLOOM-A-THON ‘Pink Double’ (syn. ‘RLH1-2P8′) – A re-blooming Japanese Azalea with large double ruffled pink blossoms in April, again in early July and repeating through fall. This Proven Winner selection also tolerates part to full sun in coastal BC. Do major pruning and shaping immediately after the first bloom. Grows 3-5′ high by 3-4’ wide. Zone 6.
Pieris ryukyuensis ‘Temple Bells’ (syn. Pieris japonica ‘Temple Bells’) – This Lily-of-the Valley Shrub bears pendulous chains of white urn-shaped flowers from April to May. These are followed by vibrant reddish-bronze new growth that eventually matures to a deep green. Prefers part sun with evenly moist (but not wet) soil. Grows 3 to 5′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Berberis darwinii – This evergreen shrub is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and a native of Chile and Argentina. It bears bright orange flowers on pendent terminal clusters in spring, with an occasional light repeat bloom in fall. The glossy spined green leaves will often turn to bronze in autumn. Makes a good informal thorny hedge. Grows 5-10′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Prostanthera rotundifolia – Australian Bush Mint is another RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with small rounded green leaves that are highly aromatic. It produces abundant purple flower clusters (individual blooms about 1/2″ across) from late spring into early summer. It is frost tender and best overwintered indoors as a houseplant. Grows 6-8′ high. Hardy to zone 9.