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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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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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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 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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Sambucus nigra

Steeped in ancient mythology, the elder tree makes a wonderful hedge, especially when combined with Dog roses. Masses of delicate white elder flowers in the spring make delicious white wine with the berries making an equally delicious red wine! it can be a fairly delicate hedge, so you might like to twin with hawthorn or balckthorn is more exposed areas for a bit of 'body' to your hedge.

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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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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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