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Shrub guide

Shrubs form the structure behind most bed planting and with our multi-packs, shrub planting can now be economical too. Have a scroll through our collection to see what you think would look best, or click on each shrub picture to learn more about those species.

Don't forget that shrubs aren't jsut for structural planting. They can be important ground cover for animals, which use their warmth to survive the winter. Apart from looking good, shrubs often provide nectar to bees and berries for birds in the autumn and so can be essential in helping wildlife survive in your garden.

Snowy Mespilus

Amelanchier canadensis

Amalanchier is a stunningly colourful and hardy shrub with white flowers, purple fruits and autumn leaves. Known in USA as the ShadBush, it is a feature of the amazing gardens established on the Manhattan High Line.

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Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii is an easy-to-grow evergreen shrub or hedge. Darwinii is best known for its holly-like leaves and orange flowers, although it is less spikey than other berberis species which makes it a more pleasant character in the garden.

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White Berried Dogwood

Cornus alba

Create a stunning winter garden with the brilliant yellow and red stems of the dogwood and white-berried dogwood.

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Common Broom

Cytisus scoparius

Broom , like gorse, has bright yellow flowers and it's spikey branches provide an ideal habitat for native birds. However, it is less spiky than gorse as so better suited for gardens - especially ones with children running arounf in them! Broom grows quite well in most places, but is perfect for coastal areas and poor soil.

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Euonymus europaeus

The tree which gave its name to spinsters, Euonymus spindle is a shrub with some of the most incredible autumn colours.

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Oregon Grape

Mahonia aquifolium

A low maintenance shrub ideal for dry ground, mahonia has yellow flowers, blue berries, holly leaves and autumnal colours. Mahonia deserves a place in all gardens.

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Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

The perfect answer to having a hedge which is green during the winter, but without having to opt for a conifer. The long, silky green leaves retain their formal feel throughout the darker months, so you can keep your garden screened whilst the rest of your garden is looking bare. The Cherry Laurel announces spring with a profusion of white flowers, inviting all other trees back into life.

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Portugal Laurel

Prunus lusitanica

Portugal laurel makes a great hedge as it is glossy-green with flowers and berries. It is generally hardier than Cherry laurel.

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Cherry Plum

Prunus myrobalana

The cherry plum is our most popular blossom tree and you can see why by the pictures. You might like to have a whole blossom hedge with hawthorn, cherry, cherry plum and crab apple - uttely stunning! For a more subtle effect, try mixing it in with some native trees and give the birds and bees and extended feeding window.

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Ramanus Rose

Rosa rugosa

Although not strictly native, the ramanus rose is better suited to hedging than the dog rose. The ramanus rose will wind its way throughout the hedge and produce pink flowers in the summer on this year's growth, meaning that you can prune the whole hedge together without fear of losing a year's flowering. After the bees have pollinated the delicate flowers, the rose grows hips, which hang bright red decorations. The birds adore thisluscious, fat bounty, so you will have to collect them quickly if you want to make delicious rose syrup!

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Ulex europaeus

Gorse is a natural, country shrub with near year-round yellow colour ; as the old saying goes, when Gorse is not in bloom, kissing is out of fashion. The RSBP recommend it for native birds as it can provide essential protection from predators. Gorse has natural spikes to prevent animal damage, so choose broom if you would prefer something smoother. The interesting green stems and folliage can provide a nice contrast the the browns of other plants.

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Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster horizontalis makes excellant ground cover white-pink flowers and red berries. Although its name suggests it is a low-growing plant, against a wall it will climb without attaching to the stonework and is very easy to control.

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Cotoneaster lacteus

Cotoneaster lacteus

Cotoneaster lacteus has a glorious display of orange berries throughout the winter which tend to be left alone by birds.

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Purging Buckthorn

Rhamnus carthartica

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