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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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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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Common Privet

Ligustrum vulgare

The privet is a very easy hedge to grow and maintain - clip the privet twice a year for a crisp, formal hedge.

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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.

oregon grape

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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Dog Rose

Rosa canina

The delicate pink flower of the native dog rose makes it perfect for that country cottage look. You will normally wnat to plan on 6 plants per metre for a double, staggared hedge, but adding as extra can really bring the hedge alive. Whilst most heding species flower in the spring, the dogrose flowers throughout the summer on last year's growth. Being native, the dogrose is hardy and will look perfect in most settings.

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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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Wayfaring Tree

Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana makes a wonderfully informal shrub with white flowers, berries that change from green to red to black and leaves which turn red in autumn. Although not the sturdiest of hedges, the wafaring tree more than makes up for this with colour and so is perfect for growing against a wall or in a spot with a bit of shelter.

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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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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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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

Purging Buckthorn

Rhamnus carthartica

Purging Buckthorn