Your local plant specialists. 
Our new, purpose built plant centre is now open! 
From hedging plants to larger specimen trees, our well stocked retail store is sure to have something for your planting project. In addition to Canterbury's largest range of plants, we have a brand new display area, a purpose built fern house and dedicated consultation space. 
There are also several fantastic display plantings to help you decide which varieties to use for your hedging, specimen trees, dry areas, wet areas and shelter. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further.
Bring in your landscape plans, photos, plant samples or ideas, our knowledgeable team are happy to tackle any planting project!

Visit Southern Woods for:
  • Canterbury's Largest Plant Selection  
  • Expert Plant Advice
  • Free quotes on your project
  • Nationwide plant sourcing service
  • Planting tools and accessories
  • Compost & potting mix
  • Free Courtesy Trailers
  • Great Display Gardens

Need extra advice? We do on-site consultations. 

Our experienced retail team will give you first-hand advice on your selection of trees, shrubs and grasses. Get top-notch information on plants to suit your area, soil and conditions - all from a local Southern Woods expert.



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Plant of the Month


Pseudocydonia sinensis

Chinese Quince 


Small, multistemmed, deciduous shrub to small tree, grown for its fantastic autumn colour in shades of red, yellow, and orange.

The attractive mottled bark is another unique feature, making it a stand-out choice for a pleached hedge.

Fragrant pink flowers are followed by very large, yellow, aromatic fruits which are used in the same way as a quince. Tolerant of dry, poor soils.

Requires full sun. Deciduous. Hardy.





Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee' 



Super compact oakleaf hydrangea that has creamy white flowers for a lengthy period in late spring and summer.

Grows best in moist, well-drained soil in part shade.

Exceptional crimson autumn foliage colour. Deciduous. Very cold hardy.



Cornus kousa

Flowering Dogwood

Assorted varieties Available 



Acer x freemanii 

Freeman Maple  


A medium-sized tree with a dense crown, ideal as a specimen tree or for amenity planting such as avenues and driveways.

The fresh green leaves change to vibrant shades of red, orange and scarlet over autumn. Wind-tolerant. Makes a stunning shelter belt.

Deciduous. Hardy.

Malus 'Jack Humm'

Fruiting Crab Apple


Brilliant large red crab apple flushed yellow and orange. Strong growing vigourous tree.

Ideal for jellies and preserves. Gives a magnificent display right into winter.

Deciduous. Hardy.


Nyssa sylvatica

Black Tupelo


A broadly conical tree, noted for its amazing autumn colour in tones of red, purple and orange.

Thrives in moist or wet sites beside ponds, swamps or waterways.

Deciduous. Hardy.




 Most of the work needed to be done at this time of the year involves pruning and maintenance around the property.


  • Pruning Before you start pruning make sure you have good tools which are sharp and clean. It is a good idea to clean tools between each plant as this will help stop any disease spread. Methylated spirits works with a cloth in between pruning.

    Begin pruning your apple trees and pear trees if you haven't done so already - this is best done whilst they are dormant.

    Prune blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants to maintain a productive framework. Autumn cropping raspberries can be pruned back to ground level.

    Only prune on fine days as wet conditions can help spread disease in new cuts.

  • Thin out any weak growth then prune to encourage fruit or flower production and shape.

  • Clean up weeds in those hard to get to areas when plants are in leaf, around fences, in shrub borders, along paths and around foundations. Remove any plants that are not at their best.

  • Prepare your planting sites for spring planting. Spray, cultivate, repeat until the site is clear of weeds.

  • Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins - clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground.

  • Watering - Ensure adequate drainage so water is not pooling around the base of your plants for the winter.

  • Mulch - Collect all your leaves to compost and return to the garden in the future as a very beneficial leaf mould. Adding a layer of mulch around your shrubs and trees will act like a blanket and keep them warm through winter, suppress weeds, and add nutrients to your soil.