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 wonderful mounding foliage shrub from our Australian neighbours. 'Limelight' has a big, bushy, 'fro hair do made up of fine cascading green foliage. Well behaved in a container or the garden. Great landscaping plant. Happy in sun or part shade in light well drained soil. Evergreen PVR.
Acacia 'Limelight' should only be given a very light dressing of slow release fertilizer in the autumn as it is not a greedy plant and shouldn't be over fertilized.
Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 100cm
This hebe has a low spreading habit making it useful as a ground-cover. The small dark green leaves and attractive burgundy tones which deepen in cooler weather. Pretty racemes of bright pink flowers appear in abundance in autumn and winter. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 90cm
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
Native. An evergreen Hebe which is considered to be one of the best. Hardy and compact with dainty fresh green foliage and short spikes of white flowers which completely smother the plant from late spring through until summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Considered to be very disease resistant.
The 'Wiri' series of Hebe have been bred, selected and named by Jack Hobbs of Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 80cm
Paniculata. An award winning Hydrangea with large conical flower heads that put on a magnificent display in summer-autumn. The flowers open to a fresh shade of chartreuse, then gradually turn cream and finally become a deep smoky shade of pink. Best in humus rich soil, sun or part shade. Deciduous.
As this Hydrangea flowers on the new growth it is best pruned in early spring if in fact any pruning is required. If left to grow to its full potential it will put on a stunning display. Quite fast growing - the bloom colour is reliable regardless of the soil pH.
Colour: Green / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Lavandula. Lavender Hybrid. A popular Lavender that produces abundance of long stemmed, dark lavender flower heads through-out the summer. These are used commercially for dried flowers and oil production. Just lovely in the garden and will help attract bees. Evergreen.
'Grosso' is probably one of the most deliciously fragrant of all the Lavenders available to gardeners' today. Well worth planting just for the fragrance alone.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
A groundcover with some bang. With its dwarf size and weeping habit, Purple Pixie is great as a ground cover but can also add vibrant colour to containers. Showy pink flowers and rich purple foliage all season. Evergreen
Colour: Pink Habit: Cascading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 60cm
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The pretty clusters of deep blue flowers that appear from spring through to autumn are what makes this shrub so desirable. Happy in sun or part shade, tolerates dry conditions but not harsh frost. Trim lightly to maintain shape. Semi-evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m