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 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
A striking foliage plant from Australia that once established is quite drought tolerant. The narrow sword like leaves are shades of cream and green and quickly form a nice clump. Dainty stems of blue flowers in late spring. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained soil. Hardy. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Blue Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 70cm
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Native. This is the most common tree fern found in forests throughout New Zealand. It is a medium sized tree fern., fastest growing and tolerates a wide range of conditions. The fronds are harsh to touch and are dark green above and paler on the underside. Water well. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 0.2m
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
An attractive little shrub with clusters of bell shaped white and pale pink flowers from winter through to spring. Green needle like foliage. Prefers a sunny spot in the garden and well drained acid soil. Avoid Lime. Trim after flowering to maintain shape. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
This little shrub will brighten up dull winter gardens with its masses of bright cerise tubular blooms. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained position in acid soil. Likes a nice mulch of bark or similar around the base of the plant. Trim after flowering if required. Hardy and evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
One of the best plants available to light up a shady area. New foliage is soft lime green and gradually turns to more golden tones. The flowers are a rosy pink and appear in summer. Happiest with protection from the afternoon sun. Trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A compact dwarf Escallonia with vibrant glossy leaves and a massed display of brilliant pink bell-shaped flowers from late Spring to late Summer. Fst growing, it will develop into a showy hedge. Good as a potted specimen. Prefers full sun to part shade, well drained soil and will cope with coastal conditions as well as being frost tolerant.
Colour: Pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
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Are you looking for a nice low bright green hedge plant that is easy to grow and clips and shapes well? If so then little "Emerald Gem" is the plant for you. The foliage remains small, dainty and glossy. Tolerant of just about any soil or planting position.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm