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.
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
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. Pure white lantern flowers combine well with the green foliage. Suitable for containers.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
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. Sunny yellow lantern flowers decorate the dark green foliage. Suitable for containers.
Sticky Wattle. Usually a ground cover but presented here as a topiary standard transforming it into a beautiful designer plant. Fast growing with graceful weeping branches. Tolerates most soil conditions as long as its well drained. Fragrant pale yellow flowers. Evergreen.
H 1.5m in 10 years.
Flower Colour: Yellow Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 0m
Expected Stock Height: STD-50/HGT-70 cm ?
Currently sold out. Add to your waitlist to be advised when next in stock.
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: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 80cm x 100cm
Expected Stock Height: 5/10 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of January, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.
A medium to tall Australian Wattle with dense foliage and weeping branches, which have small, oval, pointed leaves. Masses of bright yellow, rounded flowers in Spring. Can be used as a specimen, hedge, windbreak or screening. Full sun, part shade. Prefers it wetter rather than dry. Evergreen
Tolerates most soil conditions but likes it more on the wet side than dry. Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Star Blush is a compact evergreen bushy NZ selection of this African species. Similar to a heather in its growth habit, summertime finds Star Blush covered with attractive deep pink, star like flowers. The foliage has a lemon scent when touched. Good in containers or
in the border. Very tolerant of coastal conditions and light frosts. Perennial