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.
Abelias are popular garden shrubs. This is a rounded, spreading, multi stemmed shrub with gracefully arching branches, with glossy, dark green evergreen leaves to and clusters of white-tinged-pink, bell-shaped flowers to 2 cm long. Great for hedging.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: rounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2mcm x 1.2mcm
Little River Wattle. An outstanding and attractive foliage plant from Australia. The rippled lime green leaves quickly form a compact weeping mound that looks equally fabulous in the garden or a container. Grow in sun or part shade, in well drained soil. Tolerates light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 120cm
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
A small delicate rounded shrub. It decorates itself in late winter-spring with large pink flowers giving it the appearance of small butterflies on top of the plant. Does well in full sun and well drained soils. A light trim in mid spring will help to enhance b
ushiness and flowering the followingyear
Do you want an easy care, tolerant plant that is architecturally interesting? If so then this is the plant for you. Narrow striking silver green leaves that arch attractively. Tolerant of drought and poor soils. Perfect for group planting, or if you prefer, will do very well in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
An unusual shrub which is valued for its ability to grow in difficult conditions - it will even cope with dry shade but doesn't like harsh frost. The large, glossy leaves are splashed and spotted with yellow and will light up a dull corner. Small red flowers in spring are followed by waxy red berries. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
An unusual shrub which is valued for its ability to grow in difficult conditions - it will even cope with dry shade but doesn't like harsh frost. The large, glossy, green leaves are splashed and spotted with yellow and will light up a dull corner. Male cultivar. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
Female. A fabulous foliage plant for difficult dry shady spots in the garden. Long, broad, glossy green foliage with deeply serrated edges. Inconspicuous flowers are followed by ornamental red berries as long as there is a male planted close by. Easy to grow as long as protected from frost. Evergreen.
The Japanese Laurel is a perfect choice for those difficult, dry, shady spots in the garden. The large green leaves are splashed with spots of yellow. Red berries in winter. Protect from harsh frost, otherwise undemanding. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m