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 compact, dwarf form of the ever popular Australian 'Bottle Brush'. Masses of dark red flowers in summer that attract birds. Loves the sun and good drainage and will be quite drought tolerant once established. Tidy grey-green stiff foliage. Could be used as a hedge. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Bluebeard. Dark Knight has gorgeous fragrant deep purple flowers that appear at the end of Summer. This variety is more upright and densely branched than other Bluebeards. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
A top rated performance plant for multiple planting, filling in a background or can be used as a topiary standard. Glossy deep green leaves are offset by scented clusters of white flowers late winter through spring. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or light shade. Trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Native. A fabulous foliage plant with clean shiny foliage that has golden tones in summer. As autumn approaches and the temperatures drop the foliage gradually changes to tones of deep orange and fiery red. Will grow just about anywhere but needs protection from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR1086.
'Evening Glow' will benefit from a hair cut every now and then. This is best done around about February on a warm dry day.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
With year round interest, this great little shrub has golden summer tones with splashes of lime green and orange which intensify in the winter. Excellent for small hedges, group plantings or for adding colour contrast. Plant in sun or part shade with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
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. Set your garden on fire with this outstanding foliage shrub. The rich deep orange, red and pink hues of the summer foliage deepen to deep red for the winter. Very striking. Easy to grow in sun or part shade but best protected from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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
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.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
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Hebe Champion is a small compact Hebe which was bred in Europe. Made up of small round cupped glossy deep olive green leaves on the upper surface and deep maroon underneath. The leaves turn purple in winter. Violet flowers, fading white appear in late spring to summer. Open upright habit. PVR Perennial
Colour: Violet Habit: Compact bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Bred in the Waikato as part of the Regal series. Hebe Charlotte is a recent member of the Regal family with glossy green foliage topped with pretty pink flowers through the summer months. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. A hardy NZ native. PVR eligible.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
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
A top performing Hebe that is quite a show off in the height of summer. That's when the purple flower heads smother the bush, these flowers fade to white as they age. Nice fresh green foliage that trims well, this is best done after flowering. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
A neat and tidy little Hebe that has a compact habit. Dainty leaves in a soft olive green shade and masses of tiny lilac-blue flowers in the warm summer months. Plant in a well drained sunny spot and trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
This prostrate NZ native has black stems with striking silver foliage. Small mauve flowers are produced early spring. Great for year round colour interest in the garden. Sun. Good drainage. Trim after flowering to keep compact. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Dense Compact Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
This Hebe is probably more desirable for the attractive foliage rather than the flowers. The gray leaves, margined with red form a neat little cushion. The red edge is more showy in cold weather. For those of you more interested in the flowers these open to white from pink buds. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 75cm
The Hebe Turkish Delight is a striking shrub which has deep purple-burgundy foliage. In the Spring and Summer it produces blue-mauve coloured flowers, these sit above the foliage on fine stems. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 50cm
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
Hebe. Attractive compact growing bush that produces rose purple flowers from mid autumn to mid spring. Prefers open position and benefits from removal of spent flowers to maintain size and shape and encourage repeat flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Rose purple Habit: Rounded compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 130cm
This delightful evergreen shrub with aromatic foliage and highly perfumed flowers is a close cousin of Citrus. The summer flowers are white and are followed by lovely red berries. The foliage is a rich green. Likes a sunny spot with humus rich soil and protection from frost.
Murraya responds very well to clipping (after flowering) and can be used as a low hedge or for topiary - as you would use Box. An extremely popular landscaping plant for frost free areas and it really does smell simply wonderful.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
A compact dwarf evergreen shrub with a rounded habit. Pretty Maube/Purple sweet pea-like flowers appear nearly all year round. Plant in full sun or part shade. Cold hardy and withstands dry and sunny conditions. Great for containers, borders or coastal plantings.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm