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.
White Schame is a small evergreen shrub that has an abundance of white flowers in late winter to spring and a sporodic display again in autumn. Prefers a cool moist position in acid soil so avoid lime for this gorgeous azalea. Evergreen
Flower Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 75cm x 75cm
Forms a dense spreading evergreen shrub. Single, white spring flowers can repeat during autumn and winter. Best with good soil in a dappled shaded position. Keep well watered over hot, dry periods. Avoid lime. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 70cm x 90cm
A particularly lovely Ilam hybrid with yellow flowers that just a hint of orange on the tips. Blooms in late October/November. Fresh green summer foliage with good autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in the sun or part shade in deep acid soil for best results. Avoid Lime. Deciduous.
'Wryneck' is a word used to describe a painful muscle spasm that causes a stiff neck - I suppose this Azalea was so named as it is so beautiful you can't stop turning your neck to look at it. That's my story anyway and I'm sticking to it.
Gorgeous large heads of brightest yellow appear on bare branches from early October to November. Plant in a group for maximum impact. Happiest in a sheltered position in sun or part shade, mulch regularly to keep roots cool, other than that easy care. Good autumn leaf colour. Deciduous.
An early spring show-off with large, trusses of golden yellow blooms highlighted with orange and apricot tones. All this and perfumed as well. Fantastic! Happiest in deep acid soil in sun or part shade. Deciduous.
Stunnung yellow clumping stems form to create an ideal bamboo for screening. Can be trimmed like a hedge to maintain height. Thrives in part shade but perfers full sun to bring the stunning colour of yellow canes with green stripes out. Non invasive, slow to clump.
Fountain Bamboo is eaten by the giant panda more than any other variety. Thin foliage hangs around the canes giving the appearance of a fountain. Canes become deep purple to black. On hot summer days the foliage rolls up for protection then as the sun moves on the foliage opens up. Prefers morning sun, great for pots and indoor. Perennial
Mature Size (HxW): 3.5m x 3.5m
Bambusa Fargesia Nitida
Expected Stock Height: 40/70 cm ?
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Stuning green to orange brown clumping stems and graceful dark green tufted fern like foliage. An airy, graceful plant suitable for pool-sides, patios, feature gardens. Prefers well-drained soil and is drought tolerant. Although it looks good next to water it does not like wet feet. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
Banksia attenuata is a large tree Banksia up to 10m high. The flowers are tall, cylindrical, and narrow, just like candlesticks and bright yellow. Flowers from mid sping to winter. Leaves long and serrated. Likes well drained soils in full sun. Evergreen
Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
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A fast growing attractively foliaged plant which produces terminal green flower heads in Autumn. Requires pruning after flowering for shape and size. Thrives well in a sunny position and well drained soil. Tolerant of drought conditions once established so good for coastal planting.
The Tui love the nectar from the flowers.
Flower Colour: Green Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 4m x 2.5m