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 stunning native cultivar that originates from the Chatham Islands. Strong broad swords of arching foliage toned a sensuous metallic silver. Use in groups for a bold dramatic statement. Tolerant of sun or part shade but hates "wet feet". Looks fabulous in a container. Hardy and evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Fresh green foliage and crisp white, double, frilled flowers that appear in spring. The flowers are highlighted with a scattering of green freckles at the throat. Dwarf, compact habit and certainly one of the best white Azaleas. Prefers an acid soil but is generally easy care and hardy. Perfect choice for a low hedge. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
The violet purple, single flowers with bright red stamens make a strong statement in the garden during late winter early spring. Lovely grey-green foliage and spreading bushy habit. Happiest with protection from afternoon sun. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
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
Fringe Flower. Add some contrast to planting schemes with this easy to grow, evergreen shrub that has beautiful maroon-purple foliage that deepens in tone during the colder months. Fragrant, 'fringed' deep pink flowers in spring and summer. Sun to part shade.
Colour: Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Well you will be 'plum delighted' with this fabulous foliage shrub that looks good all year round. The neat oval leaves are a rich bronze maroon shade, in spring shaggy bright pink flowers start to appear and decorate the somewhat pendulous branches. Grow in the sun or part shade. Evergreen.
AKA 'The Fringe Flower' Loropetalum is in the same family as 'Witch Hazel'. It has quite a broad habit but responds well to trimming if you wish the shrub to have a more rounded shape.
Colour: Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2.5m
Bush Germander. A new compact variety of this evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean that 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. Evergreen.
Teucrium Platinum Baby
Current Stock Height: 25/30 cm ?
Container: 1.5l ?
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