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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.





  • This is your last chance to take advatange of warmer autumn soils.  There is only a small window for planting native seedlings and Eucalyptus in frost-prone areas. Best to wait until spring now. Keep the frost cloth on-hand for anything tender you have just planted. 
  • Use liquid seaweed to harden off frost tender plants in winter, apply at 3x the label strength every fortnight or so in late autumn. 
  • Cut back any perennials that have finished flowering; many can be lifted and divided later in the month for next year. 
  • Fruit trees - Give deciduous fruit trees a spray of liquid copper on leaf drop to prevent leaf curl and other fungal/bacterial issues. 
  • Move your cold sensitive potted plants into a more sheltered position away from the frosts. 
  • Prepare your planting sites for winter planting. Spray, cultivate, repeat until site is clear of weeds. 
  • Watering - You can cut back on watering now provided your plants are well-established and mulched for winter. Ensure adequate drainage so water is not pooling around the base of your plants in winter. 
  • Mulch - Collect all your leaves to compost and return to the garden in the future as a very beneficial leaf mound. 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.