shrub suggestions

Hi all,

I will have a lovely garden, although I hate the thing just now after digging up stumps and rubble all weekend...

I am about to plant a box hedge around the boundary and then will start planting some shrubs and then herbacious plants. I have a long list of shrubs to add, but thought I'd ask if there is one particular one that I should have.

I want to attract birds, bees and bufferflies. I want to keep it  fairly low1-1.5m.

Many thanks,



  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I would go for lavenders, easy maintenance and the bees will love them.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    You need to think about the height you want them to grow, colours, where your sun/shade is. then sit down with some garden catalogues/books and browse and decide what would suit you. There are loads of shrubs that attarct the bisrd and the bees.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    Sedums and eryngiums are essential and I saw on a post recently that there are small buddleias available.

  • If you want to attract wildlife it is good to have something in flower throughout the  year. Shrubs which flower, produce berries and cover for wildlife tick more boxes and therefore should, imo be given priority. However plant for yourself too....something that is lovely to look at, smell etc. Some I wouldn't be without for me and wildlife - Lonicera fragrantissima has just started flowering, I saw a bee on it today and it smells wonderful, gives cover in summer and I grow a clematis through it in the summer; Berberis. lots of different types but i love  Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' AGM - flowers and berries; Pyracantha - flowers, berries and cover - great grown up against a wall.

    Just for me (not specifically for wildlife) Camellia, Nandina domestica, Callicarpa bodinieri var.giraldii ‘Profusion’ .... I could go on but at this time of year I am so glad of my winter jasmine, mahonia, clematis 'freckles' and honeysuckle to lift my spirits and am watching for snowdrops, daffs, primroses to follow on.... and the days are getting longer.

    Enjoy your planning and I hope you will soon be enjoying the fruits of your labours.    image

  • so I am looking and looking...

    The buddleja buzz and glue chip are sold as plugs. When is a good time to plant a plug? Is it successful straight in ground? What is a plug anyway?

    There are many shrubs in 9cm pots. Will that mean I have to wait years for it to grow more than a stick with a leaf on it?

    There are many of my selected shrubs in the "sale" at the garden Centre Group. Are these a respectable place to get things from? I was looking at my local nursey and also the RHS website.

    Mant thanks,


  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    Hi Bill, 

    Can you show us some pics as you go, I think you did post one before of the bare plot, would be good to see how its coming along. 

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  • apple tree, pear tree and plum tree in back. Fan trained and against the walls.

    Sorbus Chinese Lace in corner in front of garage door.

    Sorbus Joseph rock in middle of front garden (lawn will get patched up with turf when spring arrives).

    Box hedge in place, just left side of path needs doing, but border needs making/digging in at the weekend!

    Also dropped a rhubarb crown I was given by a neighbour in at the back...



    p.s. I ache all over!

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I know you have worked extremly hard but I would widen the borders, you can get more in them them/ Also why not curve the border bed up and around the square bed. Say from the corner of lawn at back of photo along,using the new bed then narrowing it to go back to your border. Try to think away from the narrow border scenario..

    With a larger border you can then fill it with tall shrubs up to the road bringing in smaller shrubs, perrennials and bulbs to the front.

    I've just noticed you have planted box. That would, when grown proetct your more precious shrubs.

    That's me, I always try to think out of the traditional box. Even small garden s can go 'bold'. and you could pedestrian protect your garden better then as well.

  • The borders are just what I dug out as they stood. My intentions are to widen them and curve around the corners, but fill in the square; either with bought turf or transplant that I lift to widen the borders.

    I want the box to grow to about 50-70cm. Then maybe in front of them/bottom of them (on road side), have a "carpet" plant/flower, although no idea what and no idea when to do it.

    I have bags of bark/mulch to cover the beds, but not had time to dig them yet and thought if I transplant the turf, now might not be a good time. So might just put bark around tree base and box base for now.

    I've been petrified of cocking it up so took a long while to decide to buy and then to plant! But someone on here said slowly, slowly is way to go...

  • Job well done Bill. Lookin good mate image will look very impressive when it all starts knitting together.
  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    Thanks for the pics Bill, from the other pics you posted before it looks like you have done alot already. Take your time, and research plants, what you like, growing conditions. Some of them can be expensive and you dont want to end up with something your not happy with. Great looking job so far, now put your feet up and give yourself a pat on the back..


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Yes, slowly best way, plants are not a quick fix and the more preparation the better they grow.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    Very impressive Bill.

  • A great job...can I suggest a little light reading while you rest your bones. I am just finishing a book by Mike Dilger (apparently the One show naturalist, I'd never heard of him) called My Garden and Other Animals. He gives a month to month account over a year of what he does and what animals he sees and attracts to his new (overgrown) garden as he does it. Thrown in are some tidbits of info, gardening and wildlife, not too much but enough to keep you interested and teach you as he learns as he goes along. He mentions different plants he selects and why and the ones he also dispenses with and how he creates new habitats etc. I enjoyed it and thought it might appeal to you as you take on your plot.  image

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