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.
Well we can't award this winter flowering shrub the top prize for beauty but we can give it 10 out of 10 for perfume. From mid winter the bare branches are covered in soft yellow flowers with the most delicious fragrance. Picks well so put some in a vase for instant aromatherapy. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
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A fabulous shrub for hot, dry or coastal conditions. The coarse green foliage and large papery white flowers with their bright yellow centres make a real show from spring through to summer. Benefits from a trim after flowering and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
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This lovely dwarf Corokia has unusual almost black foliage with a hint of silver. Fabulous combined with other grey or silver foliage plants. Perhaps plant a group around a stunning black container. Ideal for hedging as it clips well. Tough and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 75cm
Add some romance to your garden with this beautiful Gardenia that has very fragrant double, waxy white blooms from autumn through to summer. Glossy green foliage and an upright habit. Plant in semi-shade in nice rich acid soil with protection from frost. Great container plant. Evergreen.
Gardenias are gross feeders - meaning that like me they like lots of tucker. Regular liquid feeding will keep them healthy and happy or side dress with slow release fertilizer.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Native. Small, dark green leaves make this a lovely dense, compact Hebe perfect for a natural, low maintenance hedge or border. Lavender flower spikes that fade to white as they mature enhance the bush from late winter through to summer. Prefers full sun and a good supply of moisture in the summer. Evergreen.
Colour: Lavender / White Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 80cm
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 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 highly decorative form of the Chinese welcome bush is valued for the wonderful autumn foliage colour which intensifies to a brilliant red in winter. Though 'Gulfstream' is easy care and hardy the plant will appreciate some slow release fertilizer at the end of summer. Evergreen.
'Gulfstream' can be used as a low hedging plant with great success. It has a nice compact and well behaved habit. Equally at home in a container.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 50cm
Attractive low growing shrub from Australia with profuse small pink flowers and fine foliage most of the year. Excellent cut flower. Grows well in full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of moderate frosts and dry situations. Will take summer watering in California. Fast growing. Great container plant.
Colour: Pink Habit: Low sprawling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 150cm
The main feature of this lovely shrub is the tight clusters of white flowers which open from pink buds from winter through to spring. The fragrance is delicious and reminiscent of soft baby powder. Mmm! The foliage is dark green above and slightly felted underneath. Semi-evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m