Autumn is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, bushes and hedging plants but we do stock them all year round. Scrool down to find easy care trees and shrubs for sale. Trees and shrubs help to form the backbone to all gardens and provide year round structure and shape. A large portion of the shrubs we offer are evergreen so they will add interest year long. Bushes also provide shelter and food for local wildlife.
October and November are the perfect months to plant trees and shrubs.The cooler, damper months allow the tree to grow a good strong and healthy root system so that they can cope better in the hot and dry months. We have a wide choice of trees mainly suited to medium or small garden. Most of our ornimantal trees are decidious, dispite this they are still of great value to the garden. They will often provide interesting foliage colour in the spring following by flowers either in the sping or through the summer, then comes the autumn colour and sometimes berries. You will find our best selection in the autumn months. We have a good selection of trees and shrubs for sale now and the selection will change with the season.
Here are some of our favourite ornamental trees for sale:
Japanese Maples or Acers trees as they are commonly known are the ideal tree for a sheltered and shady spot. They can be grown in pots just as well as they can be grown in the ground. We have many different varieties of these lovely trees in stock. The leaves of these maples often have a delicate, filagree look to them. During the summer months Maples either have green leaves or maroon red, but they really come into thier own in the autumn and in the spring. Most maples will burst into a display of firey reds, oranges and yellows.
Ornamental Cherry trees are a true favorite. They can provide good autumn colour, beautiful blossom in the autumn or spring followed by ‘cherries’. Although these fruits are not best eaten by humans they provide a good food source to the birds and other wildlife.
Sorbus trees commonly known as Mountain ash, Rowans or Whitebeam trees are a great addition to the garden if you want to attract birds and native wildlife. They are small – medium sized trees which produce fluffy white corymbs in May and June which have proven to be great for bees. Following the flowers, berries form. The berries of ‘Eastern promise’ are a very pretty pink. They for their finale they put on a glorious show of flame red foliage. Sorbus truly are a great tree for year-round interest.
Check out the link for more info on Sorbus trees: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/63856/sorbus-eastern-promise/details
Cotoneaster ‘Hybridus pendulous‘ is a small evergreen tree with a weeping habit. They have dark green waxy leaves and produce clusters of white flowers in the summer followed by red berries in the autumn. A great tree for providing year-round interest and is a valuable food source for local wildlife. If you are looking to attract more birdlife to your garden check out what the RSPB reccommend – https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/plants-for-wildlife/
Malus ‘John Downie’ is one of the best crab apple trees for making crab apple jelly. This crab apple tree produces plum sized red and yellow flushed apples in the autumn. In spring this crab apple tree is covered with masses of pink buds which open into white blossom which are popular with bees and other pollinators.
Shrubs and bushes help to form the backbone of the garden. They can be used to add seasonal splashes of colour, green backdrops, tall screening, or dense ground cover. They offer attractive foliage shapes and colours, flowers, stem colour or berries. Shrubs and bushes are also important for offering shelter and food sources to the wildlife in your garden.
Here are some shade loving shrubs for sale:
Camellia shrubs are easy to grow in the shade. They have deep glossy evergreen leaves and produce flowers in shades of red, pink and white mainly in the spring. For autumn flowers choose Camellia ‘Sasanqua’. Camellias do prefer an acid soil so you may need to amend your soil with an ericaceous fertiliser throughout the year.
Sarcocca confusa is a wonderful small bush for the garden. Its commonly known as sweet bux or winter bux as it is slow growing like Buxus and has beautiful scented flowers in the winter. It can also be used as low hedging. We reckon they are the perfect shrub to be planted near a pathway or doors so that you can take advantage of the winter scent.
Pieris shrubs are one of our favourite evergreen shrubs because hey add interest to the garden throughout the entire year. In the spring they burst into life with showy new growth which is often red, pink or lime green. They also produce clusters of bell shaped, white flowers in the spring which is great for bee and pollinators. The evergreen foliage of these shrubs is often variagated and brightens the darkest parts of a border. Peiris have a compact bushy habit and are ideal for growing at the back or middle of a border as well as working well in pots. They are low maintenance and generally trouble free.
Other Evergreen shrubs for shade to consider: Fatsia, Aucuba, Mahonnia, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and Viburnhams.
Bright spot shrubs for sale:
Here are just a few of the shrubs with have available for a bright spot in the garden.
Once you have a good idea of what trees and shrubs you are going to use in your garden, you start planning what perennials and bedding plants to use to add more colour and interest. Get some ideas from our page – https://www.thesecretgardencentre.co.uk/bedding-plants/