Many deciduous shrubs, trees, and hedging plants, along with some evergreens, are available as bare root plants during the dormancy period between November and March. The roots will quietly establish below ground during the winter, ready to fuel a fabulous display of flowers and foliage once the soil warms up in the spring. Benefits of bare root plants include: they are better valued for money for any given height and size of the plant compared to their containerised counterparts; they tend to establish more quickly because a larger surface area of the roots is in direct contact with the soil, and they are more environmentally friendly (not supplied in plastic pots).
Bare root trees, shrubs and hedging are a great way to create a long hedge or fill a big space in the garden at a fraction of the cost of the same plants in containers. Some plants in the categories below may be found in more than one category. This is because quite a few plants are multi functional: for example, beech, hornbeam, field maple, and willow to name a few can be naturally found as a native hedge or as trees.
Bare Root Plant Packs
We have bare root plant packs available in packs on 10, 20 and 30 plants, depending on the size of your garden and how much space you have to fill. These packs are perfect if you have some gaps in the border or are looking for a cost-effective fast-track way to start planting up a new garden. Packs of 10 and 20 mainly contain small to medium sized shrubs, ideal for small-mid sized gardens with the pack of 30 containing a few trees that will appreciate a little more space. Plants in the packs have been carefully selected by our nursery manager and incorporate a wide variety of features including rich foliage colours, striking flowers, attractive berries, gorgeous scents and vibrant bark. Packs are a great way to make your garden look stunning at a great price.
Bare Root Hedging Plants
Bare root hedging plants are a great way to create a large hedge or fill a big space at a fraction of the cost of the same plants in containers.
Popular Bare Root Shrubs
Bare root shrubs are a very economic, cost effective and environmentally friendly way to fill your garden with fabulous flowers, foliage, berries and colourful bark. Bare root planting can only be safely carried out when plants are dormant between November and March. During mild winter weather, bare root plants often develop fine root hair that gives them an excellent start ready for the main ‘growing season’ April to October.
Popular Bare Root Trees
Whether you're looking for trees provide height in a medium to larger size garden, intersperse a lawn or even plant up a copice or woodland, bare root trees are an excellent way to do so. Plant bare root trees when they are dormant between November and March. Planting is ideal during periods of dry but damp weather when there is no or very little frost and ground is not waterlogged before Christmas.
Bare Root Plant Guides
Bare root plants can be a great, cost-effective option for many people. We often find less experienced gardeners can be put off buying bare root because they are unsure exactly what bare root plants are, why they are a good choice, which plants are available in bare root, when and where to plant. We've put together a collection of guides to take the mystery out of bare root plants, persuade budding gardeners that they could be a good choice (value for money, speed of establishment and being environmentally friendly are just a few of the benefits) and encourage more gardeners to choose to buy bare root.
Bare root plants are plants which have been nurtured on the nursery in the open ground and are supplied with no soil around the roots. Learn more about what nurseries mean by bare root plants and how they differ to containerised and root balled plants.
This guide runs through the types of plant can be grown as bare root plants during the dormancy period between November and March, covering hedging, shrubs, trees, roses, perennials, fruit bushes and canes and fruit trees.
Step-by-step guide on how to plant and grow bare root hedging, shrubs and trees, covering when to plant, caring for your plants after taking delivery, preparing the ground, planting, backfilling, feeding, mulching, staking taller trees and aftercare.
Bare root plants are available during the dormancy period between November and March. Some online garden centres will accept pre-orders from around July or August onwards, in case you are very well prepared and planning ahead.
Bare root plants can be grown in exactly the same site and situation as the same variety of plant grown in a container. 'Bare root' just describes how the plant is supplied - with no soil around the roots, rather than with compost around the roots in a pot.
Bare root plants can be a great, cost-effective option for many people. We often find less experienced gardeners can be put off buying bare root because they are unsure about the benefits, including value for money, speed of establishment and being environmentally friendly (no plastic pots).
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