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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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Common Heather

Calluna vulgaris

Calluna heather is a very hardy ground cover plant with purple flowers in early spring. The origional native heather, calluna provides colour in winter.

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Cornus sanguinea

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

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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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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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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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Prunus spinosa

Blackthorn trees have historically been used as animal-proof hedging, but are more commonly known for producing bright blue sloe berries for use in gin and jam. They make a wonderful structure hedge, through which you can plant dogroses and wild fruit trees. Easy to establish and a traditional, thick hedge.

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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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Guelder Rose

Viburnum opulus

Viburnum opulus (guelder rose) is a spreading shrub ideal for wetter, shaded areas which flowers in the spring and produces bright red berries in autumn. The lobed, almost maple-like leaves look glorious in the autumn, so get ready for your hedge to leap into life when other hedges are going to sleep!

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Berberis gagnepainii

Berberis gagnepainii is a very popular, hardy evergreen shurb or animal-proof hedge. Berberis are wonderfully colourful plants, so try mixing with other berberis species for best results. For a really birght and cherry look, consider adding in some broom and wayfaring tree. These will all be perfect for smaller gardens, or for hedges against a wall where colour is more important than density of the hedge, or exposure resistance.

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Wintergreen Barberry

Berberis julianae

Berberis julianae, known as wintergreen barberry, makes an ideal, rustic hedge and will grow well in all but the wettest ground.

wintergreen barberry

Cotoneaster franchettii

Cotoneaster franchetii

Cotoneaster franchetii has a bushy habit and is an easy to maintain shrub or hedging plant.

Cotoneaster Franchetii


Buddleia davidii

Buddleja davidii is an easy to grow shrub which is very attractive to butterflies and other flying insects.

Buddleja davidii

Alder Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula

Alder Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides

With willow-like leaves and orange berries all winter, the sea buckthorn deserves a place in any garden. Sea buckthorn tolerates sea-winds, sandy ground and can grow where little else will.

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Purging Buckthorn

Rhamnus carthartica

Purging Buckthorn