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 prostrate cultivar produces short brownish red candle-like flowers that arise beyond the leaves. Great in rockeries and smaller gardens, mass plant for dramatic effect or in small groups, verandah or deck. Easy maintenance, simply cut away spent flowers. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Groundcover Mature Size (HxW): 20cm x 80cm
Commonly known as the showy Banksia, is a species of large, fast growing shrub or small tree in the family Proteaceae. Know for its attractive leaves and terminal creamy-green flowers in Spring through to Autumn. Prune to shape and size after flowering. Good in coastal conditions.
Bird attracting for the nectar from the flowers. Drought tolerant once established.
A delightful low growing, compact shrub with small dark green leaves that is overwhelmed with a profusion of dainty pink and white bell flowers from October to late November. Shows good frost resistance. Light shade to full sun. Good drainage. Hardy. Prune to tidy if needed after flowering. Evergreen.
A delightful low growing, compact shrub with small dark green leaves that is overwhelmed with a profusion of dainty pink bell flowers from spring to summer. Shows good frost resistance. Light shade to full sun. Good drainage. Hardy. Prune to tidy if needed after flowering. Evergreen.
A dwarf plant suitable for rockeriesand patio containers. Foliage turns a plum colour in winter to contrast with the white flowers which appear in spring.
Adaptable to most free draining soils in either full or partial sun.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 45cm x 45cm
Something a little different for those narrow spaces. This ornamental Barberry has a naturally upright columnar habit. Striking wine red leaves that intensify in colour as the weather cools. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Deciduous.
Habit: Columnar Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 0.6m
A cute little deciduous shrub that stays nice and compact and is very easy to grow. Richly coloured purple-burgundy foliage from spring onwards deepening to more reddish tones before leaf fall. Inconspicuous white flowers in summer are sometimes followed by red berries. Happiest in the sun.
Flower Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 50cm
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A hardy and easy to grow plant with the brightest yellow foliage that appears in spring and is highlighted by coral pink stem tips. In autumn the leaves turn to coral pink and orange. Grows in a natural columnar shape - a great accent plant for sun or part shade. Deciduous. PVR.
This attractive dwarf Barberry has leaves in tones of purple, mottled silver pink and bright rose. Extremely hardy and easy to grow. Useful to plant as a contrast shrub or where you wish to avoid pet or people traffic. Easy to grow and very hardy. Deciduous.
Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm
Slender stems covered with light, feathery, rich-green leaves give this unusual shrub a certain softness. In late spring tight panicles of little 'button' flowers in creamy-lime tones appear and last for long periods. Likes the sun, acid soil and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1m