How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub

How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub

Spring-flowering shrubs bring colour and interest to the garden when little else is in flower. We show you how to plant one.

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Spring is a good time to plant flowering evergreen shrubs like this Daphne odora, in mild conditions.

Daphnes aren’t the only flowering evergreens you could plant. Others include the bottle brush plant, Callistemon citrinusa richly scented Pittosporum tobira, or a shade-suited strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). Mulch with compost after planting, but avoid stem rot by making sure soil or mulch does not cover the main stem.

Discover how easy it is to plant a flowering evergreen shrub, in just three steps, below.

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You Will Need

  • Flowering evergreen shrub
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost

Step 1

Dig a hole that’s 50 per cent wider than the pot and fork compost into the base, making sure the hole depth equals the depth of the pot.

How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub - adding compost to the planting hole
How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub – adding compost to the planting hole

Step 2

Soak the plant before planting and soak the hole too, making both thoroughly wet. Tease out the roots from the bottom of the plant.

How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub - teasing out the roots
How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub – teasing out the roots

Step 3

Place the plant in the centre and turn it to display its best side before backfilling with soil and firming in thoroughly.

How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub - planting the plant
How to plant a flowering evergreen shrub – planting the plant
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