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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
Beautiful waxy white flowers on long stems in spring and summer. The flowers release their fragrance in the evening. Plant in a sunny sheltered spot in the garden. A great plant for containers. Evergreen.
Brunsfelsia should be pruned lightly after flowering.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A favourite amongst florists. The Chinese Beauty Berry is unique and beautiful when the slender branches are all dressed up with rich purple shiny berries from autumn through to winter. These are followed by soft downy sage green leaves. Prune after berries fall. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Standard. A favourite amongst florists. The Chinese Beauty Berry is unique and beautiful when the slender branches are all dressed up with rich purple shiny berries from autumn through to winter. These are followed by soft downy sage green leaves. Prune after berries fall. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
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. An interesting little shrub with stems that twist and tangle themselves into what is known as a divaricating mound. The foliage is tiny and the whole plant has tones of bronze-red. Hardy and robust - ideal for coastal sites. Plant in the sun. Evergreen.
Habit: Twisting Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 120cm
The heady perfume of this deliciously fragrant evergreen shrub makes it a winner for planting near a window or doorway. Bright glossy dark green leaves are topped off with pure white double rosettes of fragrance in early summer. Plant in a warm, frost free position. Feed regularly for best results.
Gardenias will grow happily in a pot as long as they are fed and watered regularly. They are gross feeders and respond well to regular liquid feeding. They can take a little sun but in NZ they are best protected from the hot afternoon sun.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 75cm
This Hydrangea hails from the USA and is commonly known as the 'Smooth Hydrangea' because of the thin soft heart shaped leaves. Large heads of white flowers open from green buds in summer. The flowers turn green again as they age. Needs a semi-shaded position. Deciduous.
'Annabelle' is very hardy and will flower well even if cut back quite hard each year. Ensure your soil does not completely dry out in summer for best results. The flower heads are poised gracefully on the tips of the branches and this Hydrangea looks simply stunning in full flower.
Colour: Green / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 2m
Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm ?
Container: 5l ?
Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm ?
Container: pb8 ?
New stock arriving beginning of July, 2020. Pre-order now. Estimated price $26.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
Beautiful dark glossy foliage of a blue green hue on dark purple stems makes this upright variety of holly a very attractive plant. As it is a male form there are no berries, plant female 'Blue Angel' to ensure pollination. Good hedging or topiary.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2 - 3m
An attractive perennial that grows well in most sunny positions. A popular variety noted for a long flowering period with attractive hibiscus like flowers in pretty pink with deeper pink centres turning pale pink
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2 x 1m
Lavandula. This is a stunning 'English' hybrid lavender which is both tall and sturdy. With large aromatic grey foliage and long stems of intensely aromatic purple flower heads it is a very desirable plant. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen.
Lavender 'Super' can be grown as a hedge or used in the border for colour and fragrance. Lavender flowers are great for attracting bees to the garden so they ideal to plant near the vegetable garden to assist with pollination.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 60cm
An attractive and easy care shrub with arching branches of deep burgundy wine foliage. In spring and summer dark pink 'fringed' flowers appear and these carry a pleasant fragrance. Easy to grow in sun or part shade, prefers well drained soil. Provides a nice contrast to green. 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
This little shrub forms a wide-spreading compact mound. The dark green leathery leaves that have a pale under-side. Small creamy white flowers in spring are followed by beautiful blue berries that hold through winter and they are really the main feature. Needs male company to produce berries. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 100cm
The male form of this little shrub is usually planted for one reason - to pollinate the female form so she will produce berries. On its own it forms a wide-spreading compact mound with dark green leathery leaves that have a pale under-side. Small creamy white flowers in spring. Evergreen.
For harmony in the garden it is usually recommended that one male Viburnum davidii be planted for every 3 females - not something we suggest you try at home folks.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 100cm