Trustworthy shrubs and trees

Five of the most reliable shrubs and trees are listed below.

Trees and shrubs can be a great way to add structure and color to your garden, especially after the winter months when herbaceous plants have gone dormant.

Spend some time selecting shrubs and trees that will complement your plot. Some have more desirable attributes than others.

If you are unsure, try growing native trees and shrubs. You can trust them to thrive in our climate and will help your wildlife.

Below, discover six of Alan Titchmarsh’s most reliable shrubs & trees.

Rosa “Eglantyne”

This David Austin shrub bears soft pink rosette flowers. Rosa The is nearly disease-free and requires very little pruning.

Acer palmatum Dissectum group

This shrub is stylish, elegant, and cut-leaved with stunning autumn colors. Take a look at these 10 acres that are the best to grow.


Crab apples

The crab apple is one of the few small, multi-talented trees that can be used in any garden. It’s good for birds, bees, and jam-makers. This is a great choice for autumn color and one of the best trees to grow in small gardens.

Rosa rugosa

A multi-purpose species/shrub rose, Rose rugosa bears large ripe tomato-like flowers all summer. It can be used as a shrub, hedge or shrub and requires little pruning.


Box ( Sempervirens ) is the best choice for flexible balls and spirals. Be aware of box blight and tree caterpillar.

Cornus alba “Sibirica.”

Cornus Alba Sibirica’ is a red-stemmed winter favorite. It can be used as a winter patio plant or to make creative floral decorations. For the best autumn and winter stems, prune back in March.

Consider flowering shrubs and trees.

  • Buddleia
  • Mahonia
  • Camellia
  • Witch hazel
  • Hydrangea
  • Hebe
  • Cherry
  • Judas tree 
  • Amelanchier


  • Acers
  • Alan Titchmarsh
  • Autumn color
  • Cornus
  • Deciduous shrub
  • Evergreen shrub
  • Roses
  • Small gardens with trees
  • Foliage
  • Shrub
  • Tree
  • Mixed border


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