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 fast growing, easy to grow shrub that will tolerate poor soil. Needles of deep green foliage and attractive 'spider' like blooms of cream and green. A nice combination. Loves the sun and good drainage, protect from really harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Grevillea Deua Flame is an evergreen spreading shrub to 2m high. It comes naturally from a small area of the NSW south coast. It is a prolific flowering shrub providing colour most of the year. The only maintenance required is some light pruning to maintain a dense shape.
Colour: Red Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A great plant for quick cover on dry banks and walls. The soft grey-green foliage has a cascading, spreading habit and is complemented by red 'spider-like' blooms from autumn to spring. Likes the sun, good drainage and light soil but doesn't like frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 40cm
Grevillea Ember Glow develops into a mounded ground cover. Adds colour to the garden all year. Suits small gardens. Plant in front of larger shrubs or where low cover is required. Performs well in a large pot. Can be pruned quite heavily if required. Fertilize after pruning for fresh new growth and a mass of flowers.
Colour: Red / Yellow Habit: Clumping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 200cm
A hardy groundcover with variegated leaves. New growth has a pink tinge which later turns to white. Prune lightly after flowering. Ideal plant to cover large areas. Mass plant for quick effect. Fertilize with a low phosphorus fertilizer. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 150cm
A compact evergreen shrub bearing clusters of deep pink flowers highlighted by mid green foliage. Quick growing. Ideal in shrub borders. Nice compact, rounded growth habit. Flowers from autumn to spring. Tough and hardy.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
An outstanding shrub that will thrive on neglect. Shiny green foliage with bronze overtones in winter and a slightly lax arching habit. Masses of small dark red 'spidery' flowers from autumn until spring will provide excellent winter colour. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Tolerates light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 80cm
An evergreen shrub with attractive grey green foliage and shaggy scarlet flowers from October right through to summer. The flowers are very attractive to birds. Will grow in just about any soil, tolerates coastal conditions, but needs protection from frost.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Silky Oak. A rapid growing evergreen tree with, large handsome, fern like leaves that are deep green above and grey-green underneath. Once mature this tree has rich gold blooms that decorate the tree from spring to summer. Loves a warm position and well drained soil. Tolerant of light frost.
The 'Silky Oak' may take up to 10 years to start flowering however this tree has such a nice shape and form that it is worthy of planting even if it never flowers.
Colour: Gold / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m
Native. A selected form of the ever popular and versatile Griselinia. Small glossy green foliage with undulating edges looks good all year round and 'Alpine' has a nice compact habit and high tolerance to just about any conditions including coastal. Fast growing - evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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