• Top 10 Garden Shrubs

    April 23, 2021 | Planting Advice

    Looking for some garden shrub inspo? Look no further. Here’s our top 10 selling shrubs that will create instant impact in your garden.

    Stipa (Pony Tails)

    Perfect for borders and raised beds, Pony Tails brings gorgeous texture and movement to your garden.


    • Deciduous (feathery flowering panicles in summer and autumn)
    • Grows up to 1m.
    • Suitable for all well-drained but preferably moist soils, prefers full sun.

    Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster Grass’

    Create a feathery screen of gorgeous cream! Karl Foerster Grass is a tall and elegant ornamental grass that will add height and definition to your borders.


    • Deciduous (shoots appearing in early spring, followed by flowers that are green first, then fade to buff)
    • Grows up to 1.5m.
    • Suitable for all moist but well-drained soils, full sun to semi shade.

    Sambucas 'Black Lace'

    Fill a border or create a feature with this unique and eyecatching shrub! With it's dramatic dark foliage and gorgeous pretty pink flowers, Black Lace creates contrast and attracts wildlife with it's sweetly frangranced flowers.


    • Evergreen.
    • Grows up to 4m in height and width but can be maintained smaller.
    • Easy to grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil. Plant in full sun for the best flowering and foliage colour.

    Fatsia Japonica

    Bring a bit of the jungle to your borders! Wide, glossy, leaves on long stems give a lush, tropical feel to this shrub. In autumn, Fatsia Japonica produces white, globe-like flowers and blue-black berries attracting a host of pollinating insects and birds to your garden.


    • Evergreen
    • Grows up to 4m in height and width
    • Moist, well-drained soil. Full sun or semi-shaded position. Sheltered location and protect from hard frosts.

    Lavatera Baby Barnsley

    Perfect for pots, Lavatera Baby Barnsley is super easy to grow and so pretty too!


    • Deciduous (pink flowers with a dusky pink centre from June to September)
    • Grows up to 80cm in height, 60cm in width.
    • Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

    The Winter Heathers

    Bring a burst of colour to your garden pots, rockery or flower beds! With compact foliage and profusions of flowers, Heather is a low-growing, spreading plant that is very versatile and great for ground cover.


    • Evergreen.
    • Grows up to 45cm in height and 60cm in width.
    • Moderately moist, fertile but well-drained slightly acidic soils. Prefers an open, sunny spot.

    Hebe ‘Heartbreaker’

    A stunning, slow growing shrub, Hebe ‘Heartbreaker’ brings a flurry of purple to your garden throughout the year! Wonderfully versatile and easy to grow, Hebe ‘Heartbreaker’ looks best planted at the edge of beds and borders or in pots to brighten up the patio.


    • Evergreen.
    • Grows up to 80cm in height and width.
    • Moist, well-drained soil - any type. Full sun or partly shaded position.

    Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau' Grass

    Gorgeous in an informal border, ‘Goldtau’ Grass brings texture and a golden shimmer to your garden as it reflects the sunlight.


    • Evergreen.
    • Grows up to 1m in height and 1.5m in width.
    • Suitable for normal, clay or sandy soils, full sun to semi shade.

    Hydrangea macrophylla Blue

    Create a bright blue feature in your border or in a standalone pot! Hydrangea offers gorgeous, large and long-lasting blooms throughout the summer.


    • Deciduous
    • Grows up to 2m in height and width
    • Moist, well-drained acidic soil. Full sun or semi-shaded position. Sheltered or semi-sheltered location.

    Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' Grass

    Bring depth and texture to a large border with this clump-forming ornamental grass. Pennisetum alopecuroides brings movement to your borders with the unusual bristly purple spikelets that are produced in autumn.


    • Evergreen.
    • Grows up to 1m in height and width.
    • Suitable for normal, sand or chalk soils, prefers full sun and sheltered location.

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