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Garden Shrubs

Discover our range of shrubs, from the miniature to the gigantic, the subtle to the more extravagant. Enjoy exploring some of the best plants with Gardeners Dream. Order now and enjoy free UK delivery when you head to the checkout - just add any of our small shrubs to your basket to unlock exciting perks like this!

Flowering Shrubs Add Year-Round Interest

Flowering plants for the garden can be the centrepiece of any outdoor space. With pleasing aesthetics and easy to control heights, they are a popular choice. Great for spring and later in the year with early summer flowering.

Flowering Varieties

Plant the ever-exotic Crinodendron hookerianum Chile Lantern Tree in the centre of your flowerbed and watch it sprout to 4 metres tall. Or perhaps use a shorter, simpler outdoor variety like the Hebe 'Green Mound' Evergreen to fill gaps and edge your flowerbeds.

Flowering plants will add structure to a garden and privacy with their foliage colour. Adding year-round interest, these plants become the backbone of the garden. Different to evergreen plants, flowering shrubs grow colourful stems and bark that will add colour on a grey day.

There are flowering plants for sun or shade depending on where you grow them. Other shrubs can be fast growing. Some plants are low maintenance and can stand the test of time.

Evergreen Shrubs

Garden shrubs such as evergreens are essential to a garden. Evergreen shrubs can be grown as a specimen plant and become a point of interest when they reach a mature height. They have several practical elements, adding privacy and structure to a garden. These plants also invite wildlife for shelter, offering food too. There are different types of shrub to choose from at Gardeners Dream. We cover every size, shape and shade of green, from emerald to sunny golden green.

How to Choose an Evergreen Shrub or Tree

Plan ahead before planting evergreen shrubs. Is the garden big enough? How tall will the plant get? Is it fast-growing? Regarding maintenance, there are many shrubs grown that can stay compact within gardens without having to prune a few times per year.

Other Types of Shrubs

The shrub is the perfect plant - or tree, if it is a particularly tall variety like a magnolia. As mentioned, there are different types of shrubs to choose from. We've put some shrubs together that suit every occasion, every situation, and every style. Shrubs can thrive in different seasons too.  

Check out the different types of shrubs for inspiration below:

Border Shrubs

Flowering displays, beauty, and structure will be added with a border shrub. Plants such as these will also grow fruits and attractive foliage. Gardens will enjoy beautifully designed borders when adding shrubs. There is a lot to think about when deciding what border shrubs to plant. What ones blossoms in early Spring? What ones are best for late Summer?

Best Border Shrub Plants

There are different border shrubs on offer - like our deciduous hedging. One of our favourites is the Magnolia ricki.

Those looking for tropical borders might like the Fatsia japonica Spiders Web. Cottage style gardeners might like our English Lavender shrub or a pink or blue hydrangea. These border shrubs will add something different to a garden. Border shrubs add colour, shade and interest to an outdoor space.

Wall Shrubs

Sometimes a wall needs a transformation. A shrub can change a wall from a dull area into something eye-catching by adding interest with foliage, flowers and fruits. The benefits of a wall shrub in a garden are insulation for the house. These plants also prevent weather erosion on the wall. They are superb for wildlife with fruits and shelter. They can be perfect for any wall such as next to a patio.

These plants are more suitable for growing near walls than trees. A tree with invasive roots can actually damage the foundations of your building. Search our selection of climbing plants next.

Choosing a Wall Shrub

Wall shrubs can be evergreen or deciduous. Or a little bit of both. Some will be self-supporting quickly but you may prefer to tie your shrub into supported wires to start it off.

Wall shrubs like a warm, sun exposed wall without shade. Gardens with direct sun or indirect sunlight are ideal. Shrubs like to be moist, not too dry. Providing them with water in the Summer is essential for these plants to stay green and flower.

At Gardeners Dream we offer a wide variety of wall shrubs. Add interest to your wall with our range of climbing plants. They can add a touch of colour to fences or walls. These include the Solanum jasminoides album Jasmine Nightshade Semi. Search the rest of our climbers here.

Bark Shrubs

Bark and stem shrubs can light up a border garden. They make a quality addition to a garden. Lacking leaves, the stems and bark shrubs come to life. A great addition to your back yard would be our stand out Orange Dogwood Bare Root Hedging, known for its orange coloured stems and white flowers.

Dogwoods and willows will brighten up a garden through the year growing in reds, oranges and yellows. Bark and stem shrubs grow in dampish soil with direct sunlight. Less vivid stems will be produced when the soil is dry.

Shrubs for the Spring

After winter, a garden may need a touch of colour. Adding spring-flowering garden plants is the best thing to do. They often bloom in all shapes, colours, and sizes while other plants are still in the ground. At Gardeners Dream, we have a wide selection of shrubs for spring, such as our popular Buddleia Davidii Pink Delight Shrub.

Shrubs for the Summer

During the summer months, blooming shrubs offer different colours across the UK - bursts of purple, yellow, pink and blue. A beautiful backdrop shrub can add to a garden's allure. Large shrub plants can also be a stand-alone feature. They're planted for lining garden paths, semi-shade on patios, as well as for borders. Wildlife will be attracted to the bright colours of the flowers.

Summer Varieties

We have lots of quality summer shrubs on offer at superb prices, such as the Weigela All Summer Peach or a ground-hugging hydrangea.

For something a little more exotic, the forsythia plants have gorgeous yellow colours. Explore forsythia and more at Gardeners Dream.

Shrubs for the Autumn

When it comes to autumn, we usually think trees bring the fiery display. But shrubs can make this season one of the most colourful too. Tall and small perennial and herbs can be equally eye catching in the garden at this time. Certain species will be flowering in autumn. Birds will enjoy a garden where shrubs with fruit are ripening. Before falling, shrub leaves change to a vivid flame colour.

Planting Autumn Varieties

For most deciduous shrubs, plant them in a position where they can enjoy the sun. It will help with flowering, producing fruit for wildlife, and foliage.

We offer a wide variety of shrubs that are great for autumn, such as the Hydrangea Macrophylla Teller Blue Deciduous Shrub Hardy.

Shrubs for the Winter

It's a rare sight, flowers that blossom during the cold months in the UK. But it does happen. To cure the winter blues, a selection of shrubs is the answer. Wildlife will be attracted to the flower fragrances and it will make your outdoor space a nice place to be during this time of year. Insects will love the nectar of winter shrubs, they are a big help before spring arrives.

Choosing Off-Season Plants

Winter shrubs are all different. They come in all sizes and shapes. Some are stand-alone attractions in the garden while others are more low key.

To ensure the shrubs flower well, use compost soil and plant in a sunny-shaded spot. It's important that the roots don't dry out as it can take two years for them to become established in the soil.

Gorgeous Foliage Colour from Gardeners Dream

We have a growing collection of plants at Gardeners Dream, including the Mahonia Media Winter Sun Oregon Grape Evergreen Shrub. It's hardy and perfect for your gardening club!

Continue reading to discover all our plants on offer at Gardeners Dream. Check out our other pages on house plantsornamental treesevergreen treeshedging plants and garden plants.

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