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.
Little River Wattle. An outstanding and attractive foliage plant from Australia. The rippled lime green leaves quickly form a compact weeping mound that looks equally fabulous in the garden or a container. Grow in sun or part shade, in well drained soil. Tolerates light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 120cm
Fountain Bamboo is eaten by the giant panda more than any other variety. Thin foliage hangs around the canes giving the appearance of a fountain. Canes become deep purple to black. On hot summer days the foliage rolls up for protection then as the sun moves on the foliage opens up. Prefers morning sun, great for pots and indoor. Perennial
A striking evergreen plant with a glossy wave shaped leaf consisting of chocolate brown foliage with hot-pink highlights. Stunning for pots, gardens and works well in mass plantings. Colours intensify in the cooler spring and autumn temperatures. Likes well drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade.
Pacific Sunrise will benefit from a hair cut every now and then. This is best done around about February on a warm dry day.
Habit: Upright rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
This striking evergreen plant has vivid red foliage with burgundy/chocolate brown markings. This makes an amazing contrast plant, stunning in pots, the garden and works well in mass plantings. A real head turner.
Pacific Sunset will benefit from a hair cut every now and then. This is best done around about February on a warm dry day.
Habit: Upright rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
What a delightful little 'must have' this Daphne is. Neat and tidy grey-green foliage and dainty white flowers that open from tight pink buds from spring right through to autumn. And of course is has a wonderful fragrance. Slow growing and compact. Happy in sun or part shade. Semi-evergreen. PVR.
Depending on temperature this Daphne may shed some leaves therefore it is known as semi-evergreen. As the growth habit is slow and compact this Daphne would be happy in a container which you could position in order to maximize the lovely fragrance.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Daphne Spring Pink Eternal Fragrance is part of the new generation of Daphne breeding. This is a beautiful and hardy new selection. Like its award-winning counterpart, Eternal Fragrance, it is celebrated for its sun hardy nature. Plant it in full sun and enjoy its gorgeous pink blooms, exquisite fragrance and repeat flowering nearly all year round.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Native. This is the most common tree fern found in forests throughout New Zealand. It is a medium sized tree fern., fastest growing and tolerates a wide range of conditions. The fronds are harsh to touch and are dark green above and paler on the underside. Water well. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 0.2m
Are you looking for a nice low bright green hedge plant that is easy to grow and clips and shapes well? If so then little "Emerald Gem" is the plant for you. The foliage remains small, dainty and glossy. Tolerant of just about any soil or planting position.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Are you looking for a nice low bright green hedge plant that is easy to grow and clips and shapes well? If so then little "Emerald Green" is the plant for you. The foliage is remains small, dainty and glossy. Tolerant of just about any soil or planting position.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Desirable for the small dark green glossy foliage which is offset by red stems. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Evergreen.
This one has it all! Beautifully variegated foliage on a lovely compact bush that will fit anywhere in your garden or grow it in a pot. Oodles of rich, deep purple flowers cover the bush for months. Will grow in full sun or partial shade but will want some frost protection. Trim after flowering to maintain it's size and shape. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
A drop-dead gorgeous shrub in full flower with its royal purple blooms that almost smother the velvety foliage in spring and again in autumn. Needs a sunny sheltered spot with protection from harsh winds and frost to do well. Prefers well drained soil on the acid side. Bred to do well in cooler climates. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm