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.
A slow growing compact form of Box with a naturally rounded shape. In spring the fresh new growth is shaded a beautiful soft lime green turning to a darker glossy green on maturity. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
'Green Gem' is the perfect choice for a low hedge as it doesn't need as much clipping as other Buxus due to its compact habit. Nice for topiary work too. Though 'Green Gem' is very tolerant and hardy it prefers not to have 'wet feet' in winter - quite understandable, I don't much like wet feet myself!
Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 60cm
A favourite amongst florists. The Chinese Beauty Berry is unique and beautiful when the slender branches are all dressed up with rich purple shiny berries from autumn through to winter. These are followed by soft downy sage green leaves. Prune after berries fall. Deciduous.
This great new hybrid has larger flowers than many of its contemporaries, its scent is divine! Leaves are lustrous and dark green, so will add structure and form all through the year. Its perfect for a partially shady border, or a woodland garden. Evergreen
Perfume Princess is the largest and longest flowering of all Daphne and will tolerate full sun.
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Bushy Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
This hybrid has larger white flowers than many of its contemporaries, and their scent is divine! Stems cut for the vase will fill the room with their perfume. Mainly evergreen the leaves are lustrous and dark green, so will add structure and form all through the year. Its perfect for a partially shady border, or a woodland garden. Evergreen
Flower Colour: White Habit: Bushy Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Prolific bloomer with large, sweetly fragrant, velvety white flowers. Lustrous foliage on a rounded evergreen shrub, useful as a low hedge, screen or accent for entryways. Wonderful in cut flower arrangements.
Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.8m x 1m
A delicious and delectable Gardenia with large glossy green foliage and large fully double flowers which appear from spring to summer. The flowers are creamy white and carry a heady scent. Happiest in morning sun or part shade in rich acid soil. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Remember that Gardenias are gross feeders and respond well to regular liquid feeding.
Flower Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.2m x 1.2m
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.
Flower Colour: White / Cream Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 30cm x 30cm
The heady perfume of this deliciously fragrant evergreen shrub makes it a winner for planting near a window or doorway. Bright glossy dark green leaves, pure white double rosettes of fragrance in early summer. Plant in a warm, frost free position. Feed regularly for best results.
Gardenias will grow happily in a pot as long as they are fed and watered regularly. They are gross feeders and respond well to regular liquid feeding. They can take a little sun but in NZ they are best protected from the hot afternoon sun.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 90cm x 75cm
March 2019 Release. Bred in the Waikato as part of the Regal series of Hebe. Louis is a low growing variety, white flowering, easy to grow and will be a real charmer! The glossy green foliage stays clean and compact all year round. A hardy New Zealand native plant.Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible Evergreen
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 15cm x 100cm
March 2019 Release. Named for The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and bred for NZ conditions, this is a new, easy to grow Hebe to add to the Regal range. Upright growth with small deep burgundy foliage. Through the summer months masses of flowers that start light pink and age to white will smoother the plant. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible. Evergreen
Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 30cm
A lovely deciduous form of Hibiscus tolerant of winter cold. The large single mauve flowers appear in summer and are highlighted with a red central eye. Very pretty in full flower. Prune after flowering to keep compact. Tolerant of most garden conditions but happiest in the sun. Deciduous
Flower Colour: Lavender / Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
A lovely compact bush with masses of pure white flowers in late Spring and throughout Summer. Will thrive in a well drained sunny position. Good for in the garden at home or the beach or in a pot on the deck as a specimen and talking point. Protect from frost. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 2m x 2m
A beautiful, summer flowering, deciduous shrub perfect for those of you who love white. Tight buds unfurl to reveal large, glistening white, single blooms set against fresh green foliage. Plant in a sunny spot and prune after flowering if required. A firm favourite of mine.
This shrub is ideal for placing mid-border or if you wish enjoy as a container plant.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 1.5m
With apricot flowers and a cerise centre, it makes this Hibiscus variety unusual and highly sort after. A strong growing bush that will grow best in a sunny, well drained, frost free position at the beach or at home. Deciduous. Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
A beautiful Hibiscus with large intense, double, bright red blooms from late Spring through out Summer. Growing on a strong bush they thrive in a warm sunny position in the garden or as a specimen on the deck on a container. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 2m x 2m
A really pretty deciduous Hibiscus with tight buds that open to reveal pale pink double flowers with a red central eye. The flowers appear from summer through to autumn and are set against fresh green foliage. Tolerant and easy to grow but happiest in a sunny spot. Deciduous
This is a favorite flower in Islands that is often chosen to be worn in the hair. It has a slightly smaller flower than some of the hybrid tropical`s but is abundant with red flowers growing on a strong bush. A beautiful specimen can be grown in a pot or in the garden. Deciduous. Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
A Fijian original shrub hibiscus with large flamboyant red flower. The flower only lasts a day but won't wilt till night making it a great food garnish. Grow in full sun in well drained soil. Flowers abundantly spring to summer, cut back after flowering to maintain size and shape. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 2.5m
If you want a 'Snowdrift' in summer to cool you down then this is the shrub for you. Purest white semi-double flowers set against fresh green foliage. Flowers summer to autumn and is very pretty and showy. Tolerant and easy to grow but happiest in the sun. Does well in a container. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
A Fijian Hibiscus that is vigorous growing and loves a warm sunny position that is well drained. With its double, clear pink flowers late Spring through Summer it will look stunning in the garden at home or the beach. Can also be grown in a decent size container on the deck. Deciduous
Large hot pink to purple 'Mophead' flowers appear from summer to autumn offset by glossy green foliage. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Colour may vary depending on soil type. Deciduous.
A mophead Hydrangea with very large, pure white flower heads that smother the lush green foliage in summer-autumn making for a wonderful display. Happiest in semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.8m x 1.8m
Mophead Hydrangea. Tight rounded heads of bright pink petals edged with white set against dark green foliage make this easy to grow Hydrangea highly desirable. Has a dense bushy habit. Plant in morning sun or dappled shade in humus rich soil for best results. Deciduous.
Side dress annually with Lime to maintain the pink tones. An acid soil will result in bluer flowers.
Flower Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Mophead Hydrangea. With bi-coloured blooms of lilac-blue and white this Hydrangea will put on a dazzling display in summer. Nice dense compact growth habit. Plant in morning sun or dappled shade in rich acid soil for best results. Can be container grown as long as well watered. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Lavender / White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Mophead Hydrangea. This European cultivar is considered to be one of the best blue Hydrangeas. Large showy heads from summer to autumn on a reasonably compact plant. Happy in morning sun or semi-shade in acid soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
If your soil is not acid enough to maintain the intense blue of this Hydrangea you can apply Aluminium Sulphate to alter the soil ph.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm
Mophead. Vibrant cerise pink-red balls of bloom will brighten up the summer and autumn garden. Plant in morning sun or dappled shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Side dress with Lime annually to maintain the colour. Deciduous.
Paniculata Hydrangea. Candlelight is an upright, hardy, stylish, deciduous shrub with creamy white blooms on deep red stems. As the blooms mature the petals get a light blush of pale pink. Its sturdy dark red twigs are held upright and don’t droop. Autumn foliage is equally impressive. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 150-200cm x 200cm
Paniculata. An award winning Hydrangea with conical clusters of creamy-white flowers that appear mostly in the summer. The fpmresh dark green foliage complements the large blooms. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in nice humus rich soil for best results. Lovely to pick. Deciduous.
Lacecap. This is a very rare, self-clinging, climbing Hydrangea that hails from Mexico. The evergreen leaves are large, serrated and dark green. The flat white flower heads open from large buds and appear en masse in summer. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
An interesting plant that can be used to cover an unsightly wall or fence, perhaps use it to cover a water tank if you live rural. Like me the plant may droop a little in our harsh afternoon sun but as long as it is well watered it will recover as the day cools. Perhaps happiest in a morning sun only position.
Lavandula. Bright violet blue flowers on long "pickable" stems and an intense perfume make this Lavender one to add to your collection. Easy to grow in a warm well drained position. Trim after flowering to encourage strong healthy new growth. Suitable for drying and hedging. Evergreen. RHS AGM.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 80cm x 80cm
Lavandula. This is a compact variety of English Lavender producing striking, deep violet-blue flowers in the summer. Delightfully fragrant with that true 'Lavender' fragrance we all love. Good for attracting bees to the garden. Trim after flowering. Plant in a well drained sunny spot. Evergreen.
The trimmed flower heads can be dried in the sun or in a warm dry spot and used for making lavender sachets, pot pourri etc. Make sure you do this trimming before autumn so your Lavender has a chance to re-grow before it gets too cold.
Lavandula. A gorgeous little Lavender hybrid with soft grey foliage and fine spikes of white flowers with just a hint of mauve that appear in summer. Lovely for add to the border or use as a little hedge perhaps in the vege garden. Smells wonderful. Likes a sunny spot and good drainage. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Lavender Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 60cm x 60cm
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Lavandula. French Lavender. A vigorous lavender that is fabulous for hedging. Aromatic grey-green, 'toothed' foliage and long stems of fragrant flowers which are produced almost all year around. Trim regularly to keep tidy. Loves full sun and a well drained position. Evergreen.
Lavandula. An 'English' type Lavender with deliciously aromatic foliage and flowers. The grey leaves are off set by dark purple flower heads that appear from summer through to early autumn. Makes a lovely hedge. Trims well (after flowering). Plant in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen
After trimming your Lavender dry the flower heads to use for potpourri. Top tip - put dried Lavender in the vacuum cleaner bag to perfume your whole home and keep the vacuum smelling sweet.
Lavandula Hybrid. A popular Lavender that produces an abundance of long stemmed, dark lavender flower heads through-out the summer. These are used commercially for dried flowers and oil production. Just lovely in the garden and will help attract bees. Well worth planting for the fragrance alone.
'Grosso' is probably one of the most deliciously fragrant of all the Lavenders available to gardeners' today. Evergreen.
Lavandula. Named after one of England's finest gardens this lovely little English Lavender has intensely aromatic foliage and flowers. The deep purple flowers appear on fine stems in summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Trim after flowering. Evergreen. RHS AGM.
Lavandula. English Lavender. This selected form of the ever popular and very fragrant English Lavender will delight the senses with stems of intense blue-mauve flowers in the summer months. Aromatic fine grey foliage. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 60cm x 45cm
Native. A pretty free flowering little shrub with dainty evergreen foliage and myriads of little white blooms with a hint of lavender in the centre that will delight from spring to summer. Plant in a sunny spot with humus rich soil that doesn't completely dry out. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Lavender Habit: Spreading Mature Size (HxW): 25cm x 50cm
Rosemary - White. An unusual form of Rosemary that has aromatic pale green foliage and pure white blooms. Suitable for culinary or ornamental use. Loves the sun and good drainage. Trim after flowering. Perhaps a hedge with a difference? Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 1.3m x 1m
This evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean loves hot dry spots and does well at the sea-side. Attractive tubular blue flowers are set amoungst aromatic silver grey leaves from spring to summer. Makes a fantastic low hedge and clips well. Happiest in light well drained soil.
The secret to your Teucrium hedge looking good is regular trimming however it is important that your last trim for the summer is done no later than mid March.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
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