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




Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'



A lovely bright flowering perennial that flowers late summer until autumn. Stiffly upright stems are topped with clusters of daisy shaped, rich reddy-brown flowers that fade to burnt orange, with brown centres.

Lovely when used as pops of colors in an evergreen area or patch.





Cornus contraversa 'Variegata'

Wedding Cake Tree


Lovely used as a feature tree in a sheltered spot. Its beautiful tiered and structured branches lends height while giving it a horizontal element. Underplant with soft flowy grasses and round or dome shape shrubs.



Fuchsia x colensoi


Brilliant red foliage gives it a burst of color in a garden filled with shades of green. Pair it with some evergreen elements, whilst it gives a seasonal feature interest.


Corokia 'Blackberry & Lime'


Wiry with small green leaves, it gives a superb texture contrast against other exotic plants. Pair with grasses to give it an additional layer.


Magnolia 'Blanchard'

Evergreen Magnolia


With its more open habitat, and pyramidal shape, its a go-to for a specimen tree or evergreen element for many. Underplant with some Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' for that burst of color in summer. 











































PLANTING TIPS FOR January & February 


  • With the extra warmth and moisture we have had there’s lots of vigorous growth by trees and shrubs this year so we may need to do some pruning to keep them in shape.
  • 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 once/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.
  • 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.
  • 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.