What Are Specimen Plants?

What Are Specimen Plants? All You Need to Know

Want a plant that’ll really get people talking? Something that could transform the look of your garden – a tree or shrub that makes a statement? You want a specimen plant.

A vast array of different species can be categorised as specimen plants. The term simply refers to a plant that forms the ‘focal point’ of a garden – the centrepiece, if you like. With that in mind, specimen plants are typically larger and possess unique characteristics, colours or features, helping them stand out.

Why do people buy specimen plants?

Although they’re not always the most affordable, specimen plants are spectacular – and their beauty is what draws people to them. With vibrant colours, dramatic shapes and fascinating histories, specimen plants certainly are unique – and so it’s no wonder they’re popular.

They don’t have to cost the Earth, though. Here at Olive Grove Oundle, we stock a wide variety of specimen plants to suit all budgets, with some costing less than £100. Typically, larger and more mature plants are the ones that fetch premium prices.

What popular specimen plants can be grown in the UK?

A wide range of specimen plants can live quite happily in the British climate, with popular options available from us including the photinia, cupressus and yucca.

Which one is right for me?

Choosing a specimen plant for your garden can be tricky, because there are so many stunning options to choose from. But to help you narrow down your list, start by considering what you have to work with: how much space do you have in your garden, does it get much sunlight during the day, is it exposed to harsh winds over the winter months?

Generally, specimen plants require plenty of sunlight and don’t like being battered by harsh gales and low temperatures; the better the conditions and the more space you have to work with, the more options you have to choose from.

Explore our range of specimen plants today

Now you know a little bit about specimen plants, why not explore our range? With tonnes of gorgeous plants in stock and ready for delivery, we’re sure you’ll find something you love at Olive Grove Oundle.


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