Shrubs & Trees
‘Shrubs’ come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Evergreen shrubs should form the backbone of any garden and occupy around 60% of planted area. There are flowering evergreen shrubs for all seasons, so there is no reason not to have colour in the garden all year. Sarcococca has beautifully fragrant flowers from December to February, Osmanthus burkwoodii also produces fragrant flowers from March to May, Nandina domestica flowers from June through to September and then Camellia sasanqua will flower autumn to winter. The most popular and well-known early flowering shrubs- such as Hydrangea’s, Camellia’s, Rhododendrons and Azaleas offer beautiful flowers that last for weeks and mark the onset of summer.
Deciduous shrubs (drop their leaves in the winter) also have a key role in the garden too. Some varieties wake up in the spring with a vibrance of foliage unrivalled by evergreens. Many also flower in the winter and have stand out floral displays on naked stems, such as Forsythia, Hamamelis and Prunus incisa Kojo-no-Mai.
With all this flowering potential they play a vital role in supporting our native pollinators throughout the year. They also create cover and nesting habitat for many of our bird species as well as berry production for essential food for our feathered friends over the winter. Finally, not forgetting vital shade from the beating sun for all sorts of mother natures creatures that look to keep cool, as well as ourselves too.
Shrubs such as Euonymus, Ilex, Taxus, Laurel and Photinia can also be used to form hedges, screens and areas of interest. Evergreen varieties provide colour to the garden throughout the winter when the deciduous trees are out of leaf.
At Carpenter’s garden centre, we offer a good range of the most popular and easy to grow shrubs, as well as some more unusual plants. If you are looking for something in particular, we can source nearly anything of any size from one of our UK based suppliers. If you are planning a new garden project and are unsure where to start with your plant selection, call in and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable planteria staff who would be delighted to help you make your selection.