Banksia; Berberis; Bougainvillea; Brugmansia; Buddleja; Bupleurum; Buxus:
Buddleja weyeriana Sungold.
The Buddlejas are probably the most common of the B section. Commonly known as Butterfly bushes etc, but this one is a little different to the normal blue shades of the Buddleja davidii types.
Banksia: Evergreen shrubs - sometimes trees with spectacular flowers. Not fully hardy in frost areas. More suited to frost-free greenhouse in non-tropical countries.
Barberry - Berberis: A useful group of evergreen and deciduous shrubs. Foliage, flowers and berries are all attractive on the wide range of Berberis available. Most are fully frost hardy - and as tough as old boots.
Bauhinia: Mainly evergreen shrubs that are generally frost tender. The flowers of most of these shrubs, are not unlike orchid flowers. Some are climbers, whilst others are of a generally lax habit.
Bay Berry - Myrica see Myrica Details
Bayleaf Tree - Laurus - see Main Laurus details
Beauty berry - Callicarpa: See Callicarpa Main details
Beauty Bush - Kolkwitzia: A well-deserved common name, with a stunning display of flowers - even if for a relatively short time. Totally hardy - though can suffer a little damage to young leves with late frosts. They soon grow out of that.
Berberidopsis: Not even remotely related to Berberis - as is often thought! This hardy evergreen scruffy - or maybe lax - climber, has clusters of scarlet scarlet flowers - no berries
Berberis - Barberry: A useful group of evergreen and deciduous shrubs. Foliage, flowers and berries are all attractive on the wide range of Berberis available. Most are fully frost hardy - and as tough as old boots.
Bottle Brush - Callistemon: - the Bottlebrush shrubs are hardier than they look - especially when mature. Still best grown sheltered though. Various red shads - or even creamy yellow flowers give this shrub its common name.
Bougainvillea: The is gorgeous - if gaudy - shrub is an everyday pleasure for me - in Thailand. They are generally half hardy - or maybe just frost tender. Suited to large glasshouse in non-tropical countries. Flower colours cover the whole rage of gaudiness! grown as a clipped shrub, a lax climber or even a small tree, it will flower for months on end.
Boxwood – Box - Buxus: - See Buxus below.
Brachyglottis - Senecia Greyii: Forever it seems, this group of shrubs have been known as Senecio. Senecia greyii and S laxifolia etc. Useful as ground over, and good silver foliage on some - especially if cut back hard in the spring - but then you lose most of the flowers for the year. Your choice!
Bridal Wreath Shrub – Spiraea. See Spiraea for more info. Often confused with the Exochorda, which has a variety called -the Bride. Bridal wreath Shrub is different.
Broom – Cytisus - Genista See either genista or Cytisus for further information about these shrubs.
Brunfelsia: A non hardy evergreen shrub group. Mainly violet blue flowers - which are quite spectacular. Other than needing a frost free environment, they are easy to grow.
Bupleurum: Evergreen and semi evergreen group of shrubs which are generally frost hardy - some are not! Good for seaside planting and best sheltered.
Burning Bush – Euonymus: See Euonymus for full range of this group.
Butterfly Bush – Buddleja - Buddleia: See Buddleja above
Buxus - Box – Boxwood: Beloved evergreen for those who want dwarf hedges and maybe some topiary! This group of generally hardy - though some are frost-tender. Good for clipping - little else!