Shrubs are simply woody-stemmed plants, smaller than trees, with growth starting close to the ground. They can be: deciduous, with most leaves falling in autumn, often after a spectacular show of seasonal colour; semi evergreen, with some leaf fall in the colder months depending on weather conditions; and evergreen, with all or most of the leaves surviving the winter.
Shrubs play a huge range of roles in the garden and come in all shapes and sizes. We have large, medium, small, dwarf, ground-cover and climbing plants. We also have a good selection of specimen plants – large plants that can be planted alone as a design focal point.
They can provide “architectural” planting, giving structure and height to borders. Plant them in groups to divide your garden into “rooms” that give the impression of more space. Some shrubs provide spectacular flower or leaf displays and deserve to stand alone as feature plants. Climbers will clamber over fences and other supports and can be trained and pruned to suit your space. You can also choose shrubs to provide ground cover, which is a great way to fill up space in borders and cut down on your weeding. Small and dwarf shrubs make good container plants.
There are shrubs to suit every garden. Try to choose plants that will suit the weather, soil and space where you are. Also choose plants that won’t demand too much of you. Many shrubs are low maintenance, but some will need regular feeding and pruning or protection in harsh weather.
Add fresh compost or organic matter and feed when you plant new shrubs and most shrubs will benefit from an annual feed of general purpose fertiliser in the late winter. Container shrubs should be fed throughout the growing season. Mulching around shrubs will help keep the soil in good condition and weeds down. Mulch after feeding or any time from autumn to late spring as long as the ground is damp. After planting, your shrubs will need to be watered, but once established most shrubs only need water when it’s very dry. Deadhead flowering shrubs each summer. Plants in containers will need regular water – remember to mulch – and should be repotted every few years. Pruning will vary from shrub to shrub.
We source our shrubs both from the UK and internationally. Our new stock starts arriving at the end of January, but we have shrubs arriving throughout the year as they mature, so if you’re looking for something in particular ask us and we should be able to give you a date.
We only buy high quality plants, pot grown outside so they’re hardy and ready to plant out in British conditions.
This is just a small selection of what we sell.
Passiflora (deciduous) – the Passion Flower. Suitable for all soil conditions and prefers sunny spots with shelter from cold winds
Wisteria (deciduous) – a classic wall climber which will cover large areas. Can also be grown in containers or trained as standards in small gardens
Clematis (deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen) – a huge variety is available. Best planted in spring or autumn, but can be summer planted with extra water
Parthenocissus (deciduous) – the Virginia creeper. Fantastic autumn colour. Does well in shade
Lonicera (deciduous and semi-evergreen) – Honeysuckle. A wonderful way to attract butterflies and bees
Polygonum (deciduous) – Russian vine. Good screening plant. Can be too vigorous if not controlled
Jasmine (deciduous) – Excellent container plant
Hedera (deciduous) – Ivy. Climber that also makes good ground cover. It is not parasitic on trees and will only damage them if severely out of control
Hydrangea petiolaris (deciduous) – spectacular flowering displays. Prune after flowering is finished to encourage new growth
Vinca (evergreen) – Periwinkle. Easy to grow and to propagate by division or cutting
Rambling rose (deciduous) – good disease resistant. Prune to control and to keep healthy
Hosta (deciduous) – grown for attractive foliage. Good in shady conditions
Cotoneaster (evergreen) – pretty little flowers and attractive berries
Potentilla (deciduous) – virtually maintenance free in most conditions once established
Leucothoe (evergreen) – like acid, damp conditions
Mahonia repens (evergreen) – drought resistant. Fragrant flowers and pretty purple berries
Rhododendron (evergreen) – need plenty of water
Azalea – (evergreen) – need acid soils and ericaceous compost if potted
Conifer thuja (evergreen) – can be pruned hard. Suitable for shaping
Weigela Monet (deciduous) – bushy growth with attractive variegated leaves and pink flowers
Spiraea japonica Shirobana (deciduous) – very easy to grow as long as there is moisture
Skimmia japonica Rubella (evergreen) – attraction from leaves, buds, flowers and berries
Weigela Red Prince (deciduous) – hardy, good edging or hedge plant
Spiraea Snowmound (deciduous) – beautiful small white flowers
Viburnum (evergreen) – large selection of varieties of this popular border plant
Peony (deciduous) – glamorous blooms that make great cut flowers
Sambucus Sutherland Gold (deciduous) – attractive foliage, a good hedging plant
Salix Hakuro nishiki (deciduous) – Japanese willow. Coloured stems provide winter interest
Pieris japonica Forest Flame (evergreen) – Likes acidic soils
Philadelphus (deciduous) – loves woodland conditions
Hydrangea (deciduous) – huge range of varieties. Just avoid dry, sunny spots
Deutzia (deciduous) – good range many with ornamental bark for winter interest
Cytisus (deciduous) – Broom. Enjoys sunny spots
Exochorda (deciduous) – delicate flowers. Can be trained as wall plant
Corylopsis (deciduous) – wonderful spring colour
Cornus (deciduous) – Dogwood. Attractive stems. Prune to suit your space
Rhododendron (deciduous and evergreen) – huge range of varieties
Pittosporum (evergreen) – beautiful foliage is the prime attraction
Ilex (evergreen) – Holly. Berries and glossy dark leaves for Christmas. Can even be planted for security reasons as it grows strongly
Ceanothus (deciduous and evergreen) – Californian lilac. Long flowering season in full sun, sheltered positions
Camellia (evergreen) – winter and spring flowers. Like acid soil and are good container plants
Skimmia (evergreen) – birds love the berries
Cistus (evergreen) – good container plant
Berberis (deciduous and evergreen) – berries for birds who will also nest among its thorns
Lavandula (evergreen) – Lavenders. Bees and butterflies love its flowers
Hebe (evergreen) – Insect and bee attractor
Cotoneaster (evergreen) – berries for the birds
Buddleia (deciduous) – it deserves its name, “The Butterfly bush”
Escallonia (evergreen) – butterflies and insects
Viburnum (evergreen) – berries for the birds
Syringa (deciduous) – Lilac. Butterflies and bees
Ribes (deciduous) – nectar-rich flowers
Daphne (deciduous) – berries for birds. Greenfinch eat the seeds.