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


Trachelospermum jasminoides

Star Jasmine 


A self-twining climber with glossy green leaves and highly fragrant jasmine-like white flowers. In winter, foliage can turn red in response to cold.  Looks great as a groundcover or hedge. Drought tolerant once established. Evergreen. Semi-hardy.





Canna Tropicanna Black 

Canna Lily


A large sized Canna lily that blooms in mid- to late summer with scarlet-red flowers held over nearly black, deep purple foliage. Makes a very dramatic addition to the garden!




Assorted Colours Available 



Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' 

Japanese Blood Grass  


A deciduous, rhizomatous perennial grass, with flat linear leaves which are brightly coloured red, orange and green at its base from spring to late summer. An unusual and dramatic grass, slowly forming a low clump. Part shade to full sun. Hardy.


Native Pepper Tree


Popular, attractive shrub with aromatic, rich red and green foliage. Its common name comes from the distinctive spicy and pungent flavour of the leaves. Makes a stunning hedge. Frost tender in first year. Likes a moist soil, rich in organic matter. Evergreen. 



Assorted Varieties Available


Camellias are the all-purpose all-season plant. They are hardy, evergreen plants that are fast and easy to grow. They flower (depending on variety) from early autumn through to spring, adding much needed colour to your winter garden.



PLANTING TIPS FOR January & February


  • Keep an eye on your new plantings. The first summer can be a tough test for new trees & shrubs. Get in touch with us if your plants aren't looking 100%.
  • Remember that deep watering twice-weekly is more effective than frequent shallow watering. The best times to water are early-morning or evening, this ensures the water soaks in sufficiently. Don’t water the foliage, especially on sunny days - just the ground around the plant.
  • Weeds are rampant this time of the year, especially with the recent downpour in the early new year of 2018. Keep them under control by weeding, mulching and/or spraying. The use of mulches around shrubs and trees will prove vital for moisture retention and keeping these weeds at bay. Keep mulch away from the base of your plants to prevent the bark from rotting.
  • Trim and feed all hedges, this will encourage fresh, thicker growth. If you're looking at establishing a new hedge, check out our fantastic display hedges on-site.
  • Check your tree stakes and ties, Wind can loosen or snap tree webbing, ties or stakes. Keep an eye on supple new summer growth, this may need extra attention.
  • Watch out for Pests. In a hot summer, watch for thrips, mites and whitefly and spray accordingly. Watch for rabbit damage to plant stems and foliage. Use Liquid Shotgun, Tree Shelters or Blood & Bone to keep them at bay.
  • Tidying. Deadheading (removal of dead flowers) is important for the hygiene of your garden as it helps prevent disease. Also tidy up lanky growth on shrubs and climbers and remove old leaves from flaxes & grasses.