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.
NEW RELEASE. With its compact nature its almost non-stop flowering will look stunning in a pot or in the garden or even a hedge. Glossy green foliage is topped with masses of raspberry pink blooms that maintain their colour as they turn to seed heads. Easy care. Evergreen.
The cooler months really bring out the colour of the seed heads.
This easy to grow shrub has glossy, fresh green leaves with a creamy yellow edge. New spring growth is flushed red, creating interest early in the year. Tubular white flowers with a sweet smell are produced through the summer, much to the delight of bees. Perennial
An attractive evergreen shrub that produces a mass of rich red flowers with large maple-like foliage. Plant in full sun or partial shade where soil is fertile, moist but free-draining. Prune in early spring to maintain shape and to prevent the plant from becoming too leggy. Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 2m
An evergreen shrub with attractive cream lantern flowers in summer, which are displayed well against dark stems. Prune to shape after flowering . Best with some summer shade. Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Hybridum Chinese Lantern. There is something about the bright pink 'lantern' blooms of this evergreen shrub that is particularly appealing, perhaps they just combine so well with the evergreen foliage or they just look so bright and cheerful nearly all year round. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Abutilon respond well to a bit of a hard-prune every now and then to keep a nice compact shape. Make sure you use nice sharp secateurs and prune on a dry warm day.
Hybridum Chinese Lantern. What a fantastic evergreen shrub this is with non stop flower power and and so easy care. Will grow in the sun or part shade and responds well to a good chop back every now and then. Hot red lantern flowers combine well with the green foliage. Suitable for containers.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m