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
'Graham Blandy' is an upright sort of chap who will always stand up tall and erect in the garden. With a natural columnar habit this Box is perfect for adding an exclamation point to planting schemes. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Ideal for narrow spaces or group together to form a natural screen of green. Perhaps march along the side of a path or drive. A very useful plant for directional planting.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 50cm
A hardy sun-loving ground cover with rich blue pin-cushion type flowers that literally cover the plant. Prefers a sunny site in soil with good drainage. Tolerates some coastal exposure. Trim after flowering to retain density. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 100cm
This spreading prostrate evergreen produces tight clusters of powder-blue flowers. These contrast nicely with the small lime green leaves that are splashed a darker green. This plant needs a well drained warm site in full sun position. Once established it requires little attention other than a light pruning after flowering.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm 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
This very desirable Daphne has glossy green leathery foliage and tight clusters of creamy white blooms with a gorgeous fragrance. The blooms appear in late winter. Plant in semi-shade in nice rich soil, avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Your Daphne will do well if you avoid root disturbance. They generally prefer semi-shade and cool lime free soil with good drainage. If you do not have just the right spot in the garden plant one in a container and place where you will enjoy the delicious perfume.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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Pink Daphne. The popular upright Daphne having clusters of white to pink blooms with typical heady fragrance that Daphne is renowned for. Attractive dark green foliage that offsets the flowers. Suits a dappled light spot. Evergreen. H1m.
Colour: Pink / White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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Who doesn't love the smell of Daphne? This gorgeous evergreen shrub has flowers that emit one of best fragrances Mother Nature ever created. Glossy green foliage and clusters of pink and white blooms from late winter to early spring. Prefers semi-shade, good drainage and lime free soil.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Stdcm x cm
An excellent sprawling shrub that will cover a lot of ground on difficult areas that need fast cover. Attractive bronze divided leaves and long red 'toothbrush' flowers that appear throughout the year but particularly in spring. Likes sun, well drained soil and protection from frost. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 300cm
New standard form of this evergreen shrub with bright red flowers and glossy green foliage. Ideal for attracting birds into the garden. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Light pruning will help to maintain the shape of the shrub. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact
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The soft pink ‘spider’ flowers on this smaller, compact cultivar, show up beautifully against the bright green, dense foliage. Flowers appear from late autumn through winter into early spring and produce nectar for birds. Regarded as frost hardy, this Grevillea adapts well to partial shade but prefers full sun. Most well-drained soils are suitable.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
With bright green tightly packed foliage that forms a natural mound this little Hebe is great for planting in groups to add interest and contrast to planting schemes. Dainty white flowers appear in summer but they are not the main feature. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Named for the young Prince George, this is a very tidy, attractive hebe. Bred in the Waikato as part of the royal series. The green and glossy foliage stays clean and compact all year. Masses of royal blue flowers appear in sumnmer across the top of the branches making an appealing display. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
A very pretty little Hebe that will add some sweetness to the garden. Glossy olive green foliage that is topped off with racemes of pink flowers in spring and autumn. The flowers gradually fade to white. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Native. A top performing Hebe with striking variegated foliage that looks good all year round. From spring through until autumn violet-blue spikes of bloom appear and contrast very well with the foliage. Tolerant of high wind and coastal conditions and generally quite hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Hypocalymma cordifolia ‘Golden Veil’ is a small shrubby member of the myrtle (eucalypt) family growing to 1m x 1m with white and green foliage tipped with new pink growth. The brightly coloured foliage is excellent in a medium sized container as well as in well drained spots in the garden.
A delightful little Holly that is ideal for hedging and topiary work. Small glossy green leaves and a neat and tidy habit. This female clone has little black berries that follow the insignificant flowers. A worthy substitute for Box. Happy in a sunny position in nice deep soil. Hardy.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Lavandula. An unusual Lavender with cream flowers tinged with green. The foliage is aromatic and the overall habit is quite compact and sturdy. Plenty of flowers in spring - a good Lavender for the mixed border. Plant in the sun in well drained soil and trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
This lavender was a chance seedling found in a Waikato garden called 'Chilliswood' which is probably a natural cross between L. viridis and L. stoechas i.e. you can blame the bees for this one!
Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
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
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