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.
Grevillea Poorinda Peter is a medium sized grevillea with deeply lobed, dark green leaves and a profusion of reddish purple flowers from early winter to mid summer. Great for screens and as an informal hedge. Porinda Peter will tolerate a wide range of conditions and will also do well on the coast. Frost and drought tolerant. Responds well to regular pruning.
This is a quick growing hardy Grevillea that will provide habitat for small birds in the garden and is perfect for screening. Frost and drought tolerant. Responds well to regular pruning.
This little Hebe hybrid is well named as it is indeed delightful. Fresh green narrow foliage and pretty sprays of white flowers from spring to summer. Sometimes the blooms have just a hint of soft lilac. Always looks neat and tidy. Happy in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen.
Prune your Hebe 'Otari Delight' lightly after flowering to encourage new growth. This Hebe was found as a seedling in Otari-Wilton's Bush in Wellington hence the name.
Colour: White / Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
This is a top 10 shrub which not only looks good it tastes good as well! The leathery dark green foliage is highly aromatic and popular for cooking. This same foliage clips extremely well making the 'Bay' perfect for hedging and topiary work. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Current Stock Height: 10/20 cm ?
Current Stock Height: 25/35 cm ?
Container: 1.9l ?
Current Stock Height: 50/70 cm ?
Container: 4l ?
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A very attractive evergreen shrub from Australia. The fine foliage is a glossy deep green shade with new growth tinged bronze-red. Makes a very attractive hedge that responds well to clipping. White flowers in summer. Plant in a sunny well drained position and protect from harsh frost.
Syzgium (pronounced si-zig-eum) is quite frost tender when young - especially the tips of the leaves but it will get tougher as it matures.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Syzygium Bronze Hedgemaster
Current Stock Height: 90/100 cm ?
Container: 4l ?
Syzygium Bronze Hedgemaster
Current Stock Height: 80/90 cm ?
Container: 5l ?
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