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 compact, dwarf form of the ever popular Australian 'Bottle Brush'. Masses of dark red flowers in summer that attract birds. Loves the sun and good drainage and will be quite drought tolerant once established. Tidy grey-green stiff foliage. Could be used as a hedge. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Callistemon Little John
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Bottlebrush. A small to medium sized shrub which is hardy under a wide range of garden conditions. The flower lime green flower spikes appear in late spring. Likes a light to heavy soil in a moist open situation. Prune to maintain size and shape and to encourage flower production. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Green Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A robust and easy to grow evergreen shrub with stiff green foliage. Masses of crimson 'bottle-brushes' appear at the end of each branch from spring through to autumn. Loved by the birds and the bees. Likes a warm position with protection from harsh frost but generally undemanding.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Callistemon Red Cluster
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Bottle Brush. A spreading low growing form of this popular Australian shrub. During the summer it smothers itself with bright red 'bottle brush' flowers that are tinged with gold. Loves hot dry areas and happy on the coast. Quite drought tolerant once established. Evergreen.
Members of the Callistemon family or 'Bottle Brush' as they are commonly known do not like too much fertilizer. The safest way to give them some nutrients is with a slow release product but remember in this case 'less is more'.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 100cm
Delight the birds in your garden with this Australian native that has cheerful flower brushes that are a soft red with pink undertones. The flowers appear in spring and autumn and hold well. Plant in sunny spot, prune back faded blooms to encourage new growth. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Bluebeard. Dark Knight has gorgeous fragrant deep purple flowers that appear at the end of Summer. This variety is more upright and densely branched than other Bluebeards. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Flower Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Buttercup Tree. This evergreen shrub is a real stand out in the winter garden. The dark green foliage is covered by a mass of bright yellow 'buttercup' blooms from autumn through winter. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained spot preferably with some wind protection.
As the 'Buttercup Tree' blooms on new growth it is a good idea to prune after flowering each year to encourage new shoots. Don't worry if the leaflets fold at night - they do this naturally - isn't nature clever?
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Unique, strange, fun! This plant has a character all of its own, with fine 'hairy' strands of evergreen cascading foliage. Use as a groundcover or feature plant in rockeries, where it will spread to 1.5m across but only 30cm high. Excellent weed suppression, low maintenance. Evergreen
Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 150cm
Casuarina Cousin It
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An attractive spreading evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
This is a very useful shrub for cascading over walls and banks. Benefits from a trim every now and then (after flowering) to encourage healthy new growth. Very striking in full flower.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 150cm
Std. An attractive evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std