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.
An evergreen tree or shrub. Retain only one main trunk for a tree or tip prune regularly from a young age for a shrub. As a tree it grows up to 8 metres. Flowers are displayed between mid spring and early summer. The flowers have whitish pink to fawn perianths and pale pink to pale crimson styles. Evergreen
Colour: Deep pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 3m
Wide bushy shrub with arching stem, deeply serrated fern-like leave and long, one sided racemes of red flowers that resemble toothbrushes.
The wonderful flowers can be enjoyed through winter and spring, adding colour and encouraging birds to the garden.
New standard form of this evergreen shrub with bright red flowers and glossy green foliage. Ideal for attracting birds into the garden. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Light pruning will help to maintain the shape of the shrub. Evergreen. PVR.
A tough little Aussie that thrives on neglect. Small grey-green rounded foliage. Distinctive creamy white and red shaggy flowers are produced en mass during winter and spring. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. No need to fertilize, will cope with strong wind and poor soil but not frost.
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
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
Grevillea Poorinda Peter is a medium sized grevillea with deeply lobed, dark green leaves and a profusion of reddish purple flowers from early winter to mid summer. Great for screens and as an informal hedge. Porinda Peter will tolerate a wide range of conditions and will also do well on the coast. Frost and drought tolerant. Responds well to regular pruning.
This is a quick growing hardy Grevillea that will provide habitat for small birds in the garden and is perfect for screening. Frost and drought tolerant. Responds well to regular pruning.
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
A compact little Grevillea with narrow, pointed, green leaves and clusters of bright pink flowers from winter right through to spring. Happiest in a warm sunny spot with good drainage. Will thrive on neglect but doesn't like frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m