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.
A top rated performance plant for multiple planting, filling in a background or can be used as a topiary standard. Glossy deep green leaves are offset by scented clusters of white flowers late winter through spring. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or light shade. Trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
A wonderful easy care shrub with a neat and tidy habit. Narrow dark green aromatic foliage that always looks good. In spring and summer masses of white star shaped flowers open from pale pink buds. Will grow in sun or part shade, prefers an acid soil but overall is really quite tolerant. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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
Rock Rose. Makes a 'Brilliant' show in summer when the aromatic foliage is smothered with rich rosy pink flowers with deep maroon markings and yellow centers. Hardy to most conditions. Great for hot dry spots. Very reliable. Prune lightly after flowering to maintain shape. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 1m
A superb little shrub for those hot dry spots in the garden. The aromatic grey leaves are decorated with hot rose pink flowers off and on throughout the year. Loves warmth and needs a well drained spot. Tolerates light frost and benefits from a trim every now and then. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 90cm
Morning Glory Bush. One of the best silver foliage shrubs available. Looks fabulous planted in a group. Pure white open trumpet flowers produced en masse from summer through to autumn. As with most grey foliage plants happiest in sunny position with good drainage. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 100cm
Native. A spreading coprosma with dark brown foliage which darkens in winter to near black. Hardy and easy to grow. Makes a great groundcover for those tough spots in the garden. Will tolerate coastal conditions. Evergreen.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm
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
This low growing vigorous coprosma creates a mat of rich rounded glossy green leaves and gold coloured stems. It is easily grown in a sunny position and makes an excellent groundcover for banks. Grows in almost any sunny site. Frost, seashore and coastal tolerant. Evergreen.
Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 200cm
This is a striking evergreen plant growing to 90cm high with a glossy wave shaped leaf consisting of chocolate brown foliage with hot-pink highlights. Stunning for pots or the garden and works well in mass plantings. Colours intensify in the cooler spring and autumn temperatures. It grows best in a well drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade. Evergreen.
Pacific Sunrise will benefit from a hair cut every now and then. This is best done around about February on a warm dry day.
Habit: Upright rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m