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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. 
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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.

 

 


WHAT'S NEW IN STORE?

 

Hellebores 

Winter Roses

 

Hellebores are perennial plants with elegant flowers, perfect for brightening up shady areas during late winter and early spring. They are quick to establish and very easy to care for. Best in sheltered situations. 

 

 

  

Juniper 'Blue Star'

Stunning Winter Colour 

 

 

Correa pulchella

Pink Australian Fuchsia  

 

Small evergreen shrub with attractive clusters of tubular pink flowers from winter to early spring. Fine leaf perfect for a clipped low hedge. Handles full sun to dry shade under trees. Evergreen. Hardy.

Pseudowintera

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. 

   

Camellias

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 NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

 

November sees the season change from Spring to Summer so many of the tasks that we need to do will determine the success we will have this growing season.

 

  • 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%.

  • If you're going away, it's a good idea to get a friend or neighbour to take care of your plants.

  • 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. Remember, don’t water the foliage - just the ground around the plant.

  • Weeds are rampant this time of the year, keep them under control by weeding, mulching and/or spraying. The use of mulches around shrubs and trees will prove beneficial in coping with the dry conditions and keep 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 handy Hedging Guide.

  • Check your tree stakes and ties, Wind can loosen or snap tree webbing, ties or stakes.

  • Keep an eye out for Pests. In a hot dry 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.

  • Once they’ve finished flowering, prune any spring flowering shrubs to ensure a more compact shape i.e. Spiraea, Viburnum, Azaleas, Loropetalum, Camellia, Rhododendron and Lavender. This helps to retain their shape and bushiness, and also encourages repeat flowering in some varieties.

  • 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.

  • Now is the time for a top-up feed for your fruit trees to ensure healthy summer growth & fruit set. Use Burnett’s Fruit & Citrus food or similar. If you’d like to keep your fruit trees compact, consider summer pruning in December - you can prune new growth back by half. Prune on a fine day and seal wounds with Bacseal pruning paste.