Southern Woods Retail Garden Centre

Come and spend time with our awesome Retail Team  – they have a wealth of knowledge that they just love to share, be it about hedging, tall shelter for the Canterbury Plains, orchards, forestry, woodlots or just helping you out with your garden plans...  We have several fantastic labelled display plantings to help you decide which varieties to use for your hedging, specimen trees, dry areas, wet areas and shelter, so if you're overwhelmed with choice, come and have a wander around.

  See you soon!


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


Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

Feather Reed Grass

This upright grass remains attractive for months on end. Soft feathery green plumes appear in summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter. Deciduous. Hardy.

 1.5m high x 1m wide

Stunning 2.5L Grade Available - $10.85 each






Red / Black / White



Echinacea ( Coneflower )

Stunning Summer Colour 



 Sciadopitys verticillata

Umbrella Pine  

Daphne 'Perfume Princess' 

Monkey Puzzle Spirea 'Gold Flame'





  • - 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 wet start to 2016. 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.