Shrub Aftercare Advice

Shrubs add colour and structure to your garden. If you've bought a shrub from our webshop, please read our aftercare advice carefully. Provide your shrubs with the best living conditions to make them thrive in your garden. Please note that every shrub needs different care, please read the plant label for the exact instructions. We've put together a common care guide on how to take care of shrubs. 

Sun exposure: Full sun to semi-shade

Most shrubs tolerate a spot in full sun to semi-shade. Please check whether your shrub is suitable for a place in full sun.

Soil: well-drained and rich in organic matter

Shrubs don't require much when it comes down to soil requirements, the only thing is that the soil must be well-drained. Before you plant shrubs, mix in organic matter to provide nutrients and stimulate growth. 

Water needs: Regular

Shrubs need regular waterings during the first year of growth. After establishing, you can lower waterings up to 2-3 times a week. 

Planting a shrub - Garden Beauty

How to take care of Shrubs

The best time to plant shrubs is in spring or autumn. Make sure the ground isn't frozen and you apply much water after planting. Shrubs give your garden year-round interest and 

Location shrubs

Like most plants, shrubs prefer well-drained soils which are well-aerated. They should be kept in a sheltered spot, away from the wind, to allow their roots to develop freely. Choose a location that provides sunlight and is sheltered from strong winds. Most shrubs like a place in the sun, but can handle semi-shade as well. A good base of sunlight can really help all shrubs flourish. When planting your shrubs, always take into account whether they can withstand the sun, or prefer a spot with dappled shade.

Soil shrubs

Shrubs don't like loose soils. They should be planted on a bit of soil that is a bit dry and compacted. Carefully choose the soil you will use to grow your shrubs. Add organic matter to help roots do their best work. It also makes the soil more resistant to compaction, wind damage and disease. This could include compost or straw or sand. Shrubs like to have a lot of organic matter so consider the kinds of plants you grow or have growing in your garden or containers.

Spacing shrubs

Shrubs require a lot of space, whether you are growing a single specimen or a group of different shrubs. Use pots if you are growing a single specimen, or a group of three to five plants if you want to grow them in a larger bed.

Watering shrubs

Keep the soil moist when the shrubs are young but you may need to water them less often as they mature, especially if the soil is well-drained. Once shrubs have established themselves, they need regular watering and watering once a week is recommended, if they are in a sheltered spot. Shrubs should not be watered by hosepipe, as this can damage the roots. If there's a continuous lack of rain, you can try watering manually. Change the soil frequently in pots and containers to give the roots extra moisture and nutrients.

Fertilizing shrubs

Fertilise the shrub twice a year using general plant food and high-quality fertiliser. Use products with broad-spectrum active and all-day activity. Continuing to feed shrubs throughout the summer months helps them to form strong and mature stems with added vigour. By reducing water requirements over the summer months, your shrub will be less vulnerable to pests, diseases and root rot.

Pruning shrubs

Planning ahead is crucial, but do not overdo it! Keeping shrubs pruned, which is particularly important if you want to introduce new plants, is a big part of keeping them healthy and productive over the year. A lack of light and regular pruning will stunt growth and, unless you are growing for shape and height, try to keep the foliage heights reasonably uniform. It's best to prune shrubs when they are dormant. We recommend pruning before new growth appears than pruning late in the summer when shoots are often still growing. Keep things simple with an 18cm (7") standard hedgehog pruner. 

Pests and Diseases shrubs

The basic measures for a healthy shrub include:

  • Removing all pests
  • Minimising soil disturbance
  • Removing all stones from your soil or you will wind up with a failure of your plant