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




   Nyssa sylvatica

      Black Tulepo 


      A broadly conical tree, noted for its amazing autumn colour in tones of red, purple and orange.          Amazing solution for wet/clayey soils in Lincoln/Halswell. Underplant with swales of Oiois, and           Coprosma robusta for evergreen elements. 





   Assorted Azaleas


      Evergreen azaleas gives a pop of color underplanted trees. Use sparingly in Japanese-influenced       gardens amongst fairy bamboos and Scleranthus. 



   Assorted Camellias sasanqua


      Autumn flowering, small bursts of flowers dots throughout the shrub. New foliage are often       bronzey and soft. Perfect for small gardens, and as hedges whilst attracting bees. 


   Assorted Ericas


      From groundcover Ericas to 1m shrubby ones, they are to go for, for some winter color in the       garden. Melantha Improved and Lavender Mist, gives an almost fairy-like quality when planted       amongst other evergreen grasses or shrubs. 


      Kunzea ericoides



      Often overlooked as a shrub that can tolerate wet soils, it is great as food for both bees and
      honey production. Keep trimmed if growing as a hedge or just as part of a native screen shelter.       Beautiful flowers are a bonus point! 













































  • This is your last chance to take advantage of the warmer autumn soils. There is only a small window for planting native seedlings and Eucalyptus in frost-prone areas. Best to possibly 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 for winter, apply at 3x the label strength every fortnight or so in late autumn & early spring.
  • Move your cold sensitive potted plants into a more sheltered position away from the frosts.
  • Fruit trees - Give deciduous fruit trees a spray of liquid Copper on leaf drop to prevent leaf curl and other fungal/bacterial issues.
    This month in the orchard, you can pick feijoas, quince and rhubarb.
  • Pick up any rotten fruit under trees and compost them. Keep an eye on your harvested fruit – some varieties have a short-shelf life!  Remove any diseased leaves on the ground under your fruit trees. Remove the diseased leaves of stone fruit trees infected with leaf curl from around the trees - do not compost them.
  • Cut back any perennials that have finished flowering; many can be lifted and divided later in the month for next year.
  • 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 for the winter.
  • Weeds - Make sure if you use herbicides near fruit trees that they are non-residual.

  • 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.

  • Check your soil condition- and if necessary use a good garden lime.

  • Protect - Check for aphids, white fly, spider mite, and scale - treat with an appropriate insecticide like Confidor and conqueror oil.