Plant of the Month: September
Grace your garden with shrubs this autumn. Our wide range includes evergreens, shrubs with foliage that change colour through the seasons, and varieties that flower and produce berries. Shrubs can bring structure, depth and interest to your garden. They are often low maintenance and attract wildlife.
If you don’t have much space, the hebe is a compact, flowering shrub. It goes well in a container or at the front of your garden border. It thrives in a sunny position and can tolerate partial shade. It blooms during the summer in shades of white through to pinks and purples. As an evergreen, the hebe holds its own all year round.
The Daphne blooms in late winter and early spring with fragrant flowers. It needs dappled shade rather than full sun, and prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Position it close to your house where you can appreciate its fragrance.
Another shrub that flowers in late winter to early spring is the camellia. Its glossy dark green leaves are evergreen. It flowers in shades of white and pink through to deep red from late winter to early spring. Like the Daphne, it prefers dappled shade and acidic soil.
The mahonia has yellow blooms in winter, followed by blue berries, making it another winter winner. It prefers partial shade and well-drained soil, so let it brighten up a shady corner.
Whether you want to introduce a shrub as a focal point, to create privacy with a hedge or provide a backdrop for flowering plants, there’s a variety to fit your needs. See this month’s gardening tips for advice on how to plant your shrub.
Garsons card holders can save 20% from the Plant of the Month range, so stock up on shrubs for 20% off in September. If you don’t already have a card, it’s free to register.