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.
Smoke Bush. A beautiful foliage shrub with new spring leaves emerging with crimson purple tones aging to green with a purple tinge as summer progresses and once again deepening in tone prior to leaf fall. The frothy cloud of pink flowers appears in summer. Easy to grow, healthy and hardy.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2.5m
Smoke Bush. Rounded green spring foliage gradually changes to mid purple tones in summer and intensifies in autumn prior to leaf fall. In late summer misty plumes of tiny red flowers dance above the foliage. Easy to grow in a sunny, well drained spot - prefers deep cool soil. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
A superb evergreen shrub for rockeries delivering a mass display of rusty buds opening into a stunning display of dainty white flowers throughout the winter months. This little darling will tolerate a light frost and is a wonderful low maintainance plant that will only need an occasional light prune coming into spring. Evergreen
Colour: White Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A popular and super easy care, large, flowering, evergreen shrub. Gorgeous raspberry red pea like flowers smother the bush mid to late spring. Grey green feathery foliage. Great background plant, quick screening or foundation plant. Clip annually. Evergreen
This very desirable Daphne has glossy green leathery foliage and tight clusters of creamy white blooms with a gorgeous fragrance. The blooms appear in late winter. Plant in semi-shade in nice rich soil, avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Your Daphne will do well if you avoid root disturbance. They generally prefer semi-shade and cool lime free soil with good drainage. If you do not have just the right spot in the garden plant one in a container and place where you will enjoy the delicious perfume.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Pink Daphne. The popular upright Daphne having clusters of white to pink blooms with typical heady fragrance that Daphne is renowned for. Attractive dark green foliage that offsets the flowers. Suits a dappled light spot. Evergreen. H1m.
Colour: Pink / White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A pretty little spreading shrub that will delight you in mid winter when masses of white tubular flowers cover every bare branch and twig. The flowers are followed by fresh green summer foliage that has nice autumn tones before leaf fall. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Ake Ake. A no fuss evergreen foliage shrub that can be used for hedging or background planting. The slightly wavy leaves are shaded purple and bronze and will have better colour if not over-fed or pampered. Will grow just about anywhere except full shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m
Yellow Daphne. A special and unique plant from China that adds winter interest to the garden. Tightly clustered buds on stout stems open to reveal fragrant tubular flowers shaded bright yellow around August. Handsome grey green foliage follows. Plant in well drained acid soil in a sheltered spot.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m