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 delightful little American cultivar of the Korean Box plant. Valued for its dwarf, compact habit it is ideal for low hedging or edging. The leaves are very dainty and a deep glossy green turning to a deep copper shade in winter. Easy to grow. clips well, evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 50cm
An Australian native shrub with shiny green leaves and bright pink bottle brush flowers in late spring. Occasional flowers in autumn. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Prune after flowering if required.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.4m x 1m
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
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Native. A spreading coprosma with dark brown foliage which darkens in winter to near black. Hardy and easy to grow. Makes a great groundcover for those tough spots in the garden. Will tolerate coastal conditions. Evergreen.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm
NZ Native. This form was discovered on cliffs near Hawera. It is a ground hugging native that forms a tight mat of small narrow olive green leaves. Excellent landscape plant for covering large areas of ground. Hardy, tolerant of cold and wind. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 200cm
Native. This low growing vigorous Coprosma creates a mat of rich rounded glossy sage green leaves with cream edges and gold coloured stems. It is easily grown in a sunny position and makes an excellent groundcover for banks. Grows in almost any sunny site. Frost, seashore and coastal tolerant. Evergreen.
Habit: Low spreading ground cove Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 180cm
This lovely dwarf Corokia has unusual almost black foliage with a hint of silver. Fabulous combined with other grey or silver foliage plants. Perhaps plant a group around a stunning black container. Ideal for hedging as it clips well. Tough and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 75cm
Ake Ake. A no fuss evergreen foliage shrub that can be used for hedging or background planting. The slightly wavy leaves are shaded purple and bronze and will have better colour if not over-fed or pampered. Will grow just about anywhere except full shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m
Add some romance to your garden with this beautiful Gardenia that has very fragrant double, waxy white blooms from autumn through to summer. Glossy green foliage and an upright habit. Plant in semi-shade in nice rich acid soil with protection from frost. Great container plant. 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 Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 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.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
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A gorgeous evergreen shrub with deep green, glossy foliage and delicious double creamy white blooms with a heady exotic fragrance. Happiest in semi-shade and well drained acid soil. Gardenias are gross feeders and respond to regular liquid feeding. Protect from frost.
'True Love' is the perfect plant to give to that someone special as the name says it all. In full flower this exotic shrub is quite breath taking. Grows happily in a container - place where you can make the most of the perfume.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
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 are topped off with 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.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 75cm
Native. This is a fabulous evergreen shrub that really comes into its own when used as a hedge. Gorgeous green polished leathery leaves, a tidy well groomed appearance and a tolerance for just about any conditions including coastal make this an invaluable landscaping plant. Clips well.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Gorgeous, broad, glossy green foliage with attractive wavy margins. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Very tidy and well groomed. Evergreen.
This gorgeous 'Panicle Hydrangea' flowers in autumn giving substance and colour to the garden as the main summer colour fades. Glossy green foliage and large conical trusses of cream flowers that gracefully age to pink. Hardy and easy to grow in morning sun or semi-shade. Deciduous.
This Hydrangea will looks its best with minimal pruning. It flowers on the current seasons growth and apart from a light trim to shape it is best left to develop naturally into a gorgeous large shrub.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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.
Colour: Cream Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Climbing
Fabulous form and foliage make this Holly a useful and desirable plant. Growing naturally in a tight upright column it looks great in containers or can be used as an accent point. Happy in sun or part shade. Small white flowers followed by black berries but these are fairly inconspicuous. Evergreen.
This is also a useful plant where a narrow screen or hedge is required, it will do the job without dominating or becoming a constant trimming problem.
Colour: White Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 0.5m
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It forms a wonderful cover and it has a fresh green colour which is reminiscent of lawn. The foliage is very prickly, a common characteristic of many junipers. Most are pretty tolerant with soils, but they dislike a wet environment. Many will take quite alkaline conditions too.It is also often grown as bonsai.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 270cm
Lavandula. Lavender 'Major' is one of the most popular Lavenders sold in NZ and there's a good reason for that. The plump purple flower heads appear in abundance from early spring through to late summer. It performs well, looks good and clips well. Happiest in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen.
Use for low hedges, container planting, topiary work or just plant amongst your other treasures in the mixed border. A great little Mediterranean lavender that seldom disappoints.
Colour: Purple / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Standard. New Release. Upright form with dark burgundy foliage and bright cerise pink flowers in Autumn, Spring and Summer. Trim regularly to encourage repeat flowering and to maintain shape of Std. Frost hardy. Evergreen
Colour: Bright Cerise Habit: Bushy upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: STD
This highly decorative form of the Chinese welcome bush is valued for the wonderful autumn foliage colour which intensifies to a brilliant red in winter. Though 'Gulfstream' is easy care and hardy the plant will appreciate some slow release fertilizer at the end of summer. Evergreen.
'Gulfstream' can be used as a low hedging plant with great success. It has a nice compact and well behaved habit. Equally at home in a container.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 50cm
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Wax Flower. A lovely and well-behaved evergreen shrub that would complement any planting scheme. Aromatic green foliage and a 'Profusion' of little, white, star shaped flowers that open from red buds. Mainly flowers in the spring. Plant in a well drained sunny spot with protection from harsh frost. (AKA Eriostemon)
Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
A new variety of the easy to grow NZ pepper tree. Featuring broad, wine coloured leaves with a plum purple bloom on the underside, offering a great show of colour in winter. Best in full sun to part shade in well drained soil. Mulch to retain moisture. Evergreen
This is one for the birds as they just love the bright red berries that follow the masses of white flowers at the end of summer. Compact in habit with glossy green leaves and few thorns. Grows just about anywhere and in any soil but prefers a sunny spot that isn't too wet. Evergreen.
Pyracantha are suitable for training as espaliers and look particularly good against a sunny wall where you can observe the birds par-taking of a 'berry' nice breakfast.
Colour: White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A easy care and easy to grow Rosemary that is great for covering banks and draping over walls. Quite prostrate in habit so give it room to spread. Nice fresh green foliage and pretty blue flowers off and on all year but mostly in spring and autumn. Loves the sun and good drainage. Evergreen.
Though this Rosemary is mostly used for ornamental purposes it is still a culinary herb that can be used in cooking.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 200cm
The chestnut brown branches of this unusual deciduous shrub have an open spreading habit. In very early spring they are highly decorated with a myriad of chartreuse-yellow flowers that hang like little bells. Gorgeous picked for a unique floral decoration. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Colour: Green / Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Bush Germander. This evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean loves hot dry spots and does well at the sea-side. Attractive tubular blue flowers are set amongst 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.
Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m