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.
This dwarf cultivar produces short golden orange candle-like flowers with reddish styles. Great in rockeries and smaller gardens, mass plant for dramatic effect or in small groups or containers on the patio, verandah or deck. Easy maintenance, simply cut away spent flowers. Evergreen
Easy maintenance, simply cut away spent flowers.
Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 45cm x 45cm
Dwarf spreading groundcover with dusky-red flower heads. New leaf growth has a lovely rust colour. Likes light to medium well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Drought and frost tolerant once established. Great option for coastal or embankment planting and containers. Slow growing. Evergreen.
Deep scarlet to orange cones from flowers that appear in late winter to early summer and make a dramatic impact in gardens and as cut flowers. Prefers light, well drained soil with low nutrient level, particularly phosphates. This is an upright shrub with smooth bark and broad, tooth edged leave. Evergreen.
Can grow to 3 m, or prune to maintain as a shorter bushy shrub.
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 2m
Heath Banksia Bushy large shrub with large golden brown flowers in Autumn-Winter which attracts nectar feeding birds. Ideally suited to an open sunny situation. Adaptable to many soil types. Responds well to pruning to maintain shape and size.
A medium to tall shrub with exceptionally long flowers spikes up to 40cm long. Flowers are deep orange and appear from Autumn-Winter. An adaptable shrub ideal for nectar eating birds. Suit moderately well drained sites in the sun.
A select, low growing form of the Bull Banksia. It has a low, wide spreading growth habit with a mature plant producing many large, creamy yellow flower heads which are borne terminally in late spring/summer. Suitable to be used in coastal plantings, rockeries even in a container. Evergreen.
A Banksia ericafolia hybrid with erect growth habit. Flower buds are lemon yellow opening to orange gold flowers. Flower cones up to 30cm long. Flowers from spring to early summer. Bird attracting. Suited to most well draining soils. Evergreen
Bushy shrub, fast growing with caramel brown flowers from winter to spring. Lancelet tooth edged leaves. Prune lightly but not below the green growth. Full sun in well drained soils. Hardy and frost tolerant. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Brown Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 2.5m
Bushy shrub, fast growing with creamy white flowers from winter to spring. Lancelet tooth edged leaves. Prune lightly but not below the green growth. Full sun in well drained soils. Hardy and frost tolerant. Evergreen.