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.
Native. Named for where it grows naturally - the Poor Knights Islands - this Coprosma is valued for the beautiful glossy green and evergreen foliage. Its growth habit is low and wide so it makes a good filler for banks etc. Likes the sun and can tolerate dry coastal conditions but not frost.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
A beautiful cultivar of NZ's native Coprosma commonly known as the 'Mirror Plant' because of the glossy leaves. 'Scarlett O'Hara' has reddish orange variegated foliage that intensifies in colour when the temperatures are cool. Plant in sun or part shade and protect from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR SHM239.
Coprosmas can be used for a little low hedge as they respond really well to trimming. The last trim before winter should be done no later than March.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Coprosma Scarlet OHara
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Native. A tough little native plant that is a useful ground-cover for large areas or difficult sites. Dainty dark green foliage, inconspicuous flowers that are sometimes followed by little blue berries. Hardy and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 150cm
'Raspberry Fountain' has been bred from the top selling Cordyline 'Red Fountain', but now with stunning pink foliage! Does not form a central trunk, instead forms a clump of arching pink foliage that looks great throughout the year. Brilliant as a container plant or planted in the garden. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Cordyline Raspberry Fountain
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A selected form with stunning wine purple coloured foliage. This lovely colour is retained until the autumn then it turns to shades of orange & scarlet. Plumes of pinky grey flowers appear mid summer & stand like a smoky haze above the foliage. Responds well to pruning. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Silver / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2m
An easy to grow ground cover shrub with small, dark green, glossy leaves that quickly forms a carpet of foliage. Tiny white flowers in spring are followed by bright red fruits that birds love. Hardy and tolerant. Semi-evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 300cm
aka Little Leaf Cotoneaster or Rockspray Cotoneaster
As the name would suggest this arching, spreading shrub has tiny rounded leaves that are glossy and dark green. In spring and summer white flowers decorate the stems and these are followed by beautiful red berries. Easy to grow and quite hardy. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 200cm
This highly decorative plant abounds with vibrant pink, star shaped pink flowers on a small round shrub. Narrow dark green leaves. Looks great in rockeries, containers and garden beds. Prune at the end of winter to maintain bushy growth. Likes well drained soil in full sun to part shade. Frost hardy
Flower Colour: Pink / White Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Crowea Pink Blush
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Dwarf Papyrus. A striking plant for pond margins or bog gardens. Tall leafless stems are topped off by highly ornamental umbels that carry the tiny brown flowers. Happiest in the sun and moist soil. Doesn't like the cold or harsh frost. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 60cm
Erect multi-branched shrub that is absolutely smoothered in pure white pea like flowers in spring and summer. Makes a lovely display. Prune after flowering. Happiest in a sunny well drained spot. Easy to grow and hardy. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m