Shrubs, along with trees, form the backbone structure of the garden design. They provide huge variation in their form, adaptability, tolerance and usage. They are selected for the colour of flower or foliage and for the shapes that they create, either naturally or by pruning. Shrubs lend themselves well to the formation of Topiary and Hedges.
Although some people regard shrubs as miniature trees, they have completely different growth habits. Some can sucker themselves and send creeping underground stems which root and thereby propagate themselves, whilst others renew themselves after hard pruning.
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From broadleaf evergreens to deciduous shrubs, from flowering shrubs to those valued chiefly for their foliage or twigs, the diversity amongst this group of plants is infinite. When considering creating a feature or focal point with a shrub, take into consideration its habits – if you want it to retain its emphasis in the design, make sure it is an evergreen. If you want a shrub to make a splash of colour that is ongoing, check the length of the flowering period.
Some shrubs are best planted in groups for bold effect. Plant in groups of odd numbers – 3, 5, 7. There is a wide range of shrubs that are quick and dense growing and that are therefore ideal for use as hedges. The native species particularly, lend themselves to this purpose. Try Corokia, Griselinia, Pittosporum varieties.
Small, low-growing shrubs such as lavender and thyme are often termed sub-shrubs; a natural plant community dominated by shrubs is called a shrubland. An area of cultivated shrubs in a park or garden is known as a shrubbery.
There is an ideal shrub for every purpos: for acting as a screen, for privacy, for softening the lines of the house, for releasing fantastic fragrance or simply for looking beautiful. Come into the Nursery and consult with Harry, Lloyd or Sol – they have heaps of fabulous ideas.
Bluebeard. Dark Knight has gorgeous fragrant deep purple flowers that appear at the end of Summer. This variety is more upright and densely branched than other Bluebeards. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Buttercup Tree. This evergreen shrub is a real stand out in the winter garden. The dark green foliage is covered by a mass of bright yellow 'buttercup' blooms from autumn through winter. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained spot preferably with some wind protection.
As the 'Buttercup Tree' blooms on new growth it is a good idea to prune after flowering each year to encourage new shoots. Don't worry if the leaflets fold at night - they do this naturally - isn't nature clever?
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
An attractive spreading evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
This is a very useful shrub for cascading over walls and banks. Benefits from a trim every now and then (after flowering) to encourage healthy new growth. Very striking in full flower.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 150cm
This spreading prostrate evergreen produces tight clusters of powder-blue flowers. These contrast nicely with the small lime green leaves that are splashed a darker green. This plant needs a well drained warm site in full sun position. Once established it requires little attention other than a light pruning after flowering.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 100cm
A top rated performance plant for multiple planting, filling in a background or can be used as a low hedge. Glossy deep green leaves are offset by aromatic clusters of white flowers late winter through spring. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or light shade. Evergreen.
The name Mexican Orange Blossom describes the look of the white flowers rather than the perfume as the flowers of this useful shrub are aromatic rather than sweetly perfumed.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Glossy green foliage and delightful single creamy white blooms with a prominent yellow and scarlet eye make this Gardenia very striking. Plant in a semi-shaded, frost free position where you can make the most of the sensuous perfume. Happy in a container. Evergreen.
Gardenias are gross feeders - meaning that like me they like lots of tucker. Regular liquid feeding will keep them healthy and happy or side dress with slow release fertilizer.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
A spreading dwarf form of the eternally popular Gardenia. Covers itself in a mass of sweetly fragrant flowers from late spring to summer. Ideal as a container plant or use as a ground cover in a warm, frost free position in the garden. Will respond well to regular liquid feeding. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Paniculata. This brilliant Hydrangea is the reddest of all Hydrangea paniculata varieties. During early summer it unfurls very large heads of white flowers. These flowers gradually turn pink and as summer moves into autumn a spectacular purple shaded red. It is quite dwarf growing at 120cm tall by 80cm wide. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.8m
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge
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Semi-evergreen shrubby perennial that hails from South Africa. The tall straight stems of aromatic foliage are topped off in summer and autumn with whorls of bright orange, furry, tubular flowers. Very striking. Plant in the sun in well drained rich soil for best results. Protect from frost. Semi-evergreen.
Leonotis or as it is commonly known 'Lion's Ear' will tolerate dry periods once it is established. Can be grown in coastal conditions. Cut back stems quite hard after flowering.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1m
Current Stock Height: 30/40cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
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