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.
Lemon bottlebrush is a fabulous specimen tree or shrub for a bright, sunny area. Use it for a tropical effect in a pool side planting, or contrast it with white stones or a light coloured wall. A dense evergreen tree with a rounded canopy. Crimson bottle brush flowers appear from spring through summer.
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 3m
Bottlebrush. If you’re wanting a mid-sized shrub for screening or hedging, or a cluster to catch the eye at the bottom of the garden, Genoa Glory will do the trick. Spring see's it loaded with purple-pink brushes that have a lustre you’d expect to see in a gem. reliable and easy to grow. Clip off the spent flowers in early summer each year. Evergreen
An Australian native shrub with shiny green leaves and bright pink bottle brush flowers in late spring. Occasional flowers in autumn. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Prune after flowering if required.
Bottlebrush - Pink. A very pretty shrub with candy-floss pink brush like flowers that appear from spring through to autumn. Birds, bees and butterflies love the flowers. Easy to grow in a sunny spot but needs protection from harsh frost. Trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Bottlebrush. Discovered in Kings Park Melbourne hence the name. Green foliage and a nice rounded habit. Simply smothers itself if bright crimson 'brushes' in spring-summer. Likes a sunny spot and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 3m
A compact, dwarf form of the ever popular Australian 'Bottle Brush'. Masses of dark red flowers in summer that attract birds. Loves the sun and good drainage and will be quite drought tolerant once established. Tidy grey-green stiff foliage. Could be used as a hedge. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Callistemon Little John
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Callistemon Little John
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Bottlebrush. A small to medium sized shrub which is hardy under a wide range of garden conditions. The flower lime green flower spikes appear in late spring. Likes a light to heavy soil in a moist open situation. Prune to maintain size and shape and to encourage flower production. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Green Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
Expected Stock Height: 40/60 cm ?
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Young growth is often attractively covered with dense silky hairs, later becoming smooth. The lemon flowers are borne in profusion throughout spring. Prune to maintain size and shape and to encourage flower production. Great as a specimen or screen plant. Mulching and feeding in spring and autumn is beneficial. Evergreen.
A robust and easy to grow evergreen shrub with stiff green foliage. Masses of crimson 'bottle-brushes' appear at the end of each branch from spring through to autumn. Loved by the birds and the bees. Likes a warm position with protection from harsh frost but generally undemanding.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 2m
Callistemon Red Cluster
Current Stock Height: 100/120 cm ?
Container: 4l ?
Callistemon Red Cluster
Expected Stock Height: 60/70 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of October, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price $29.99. Payment on order.
Bottle Brush. A spreading low growing form of this popular Australian shrub. During the summer it smothers itself with bright red 'bottle brush' flowers that are tinged with gold. Loves hot dry areas and happy on the coast. Quite drought tolerant once established. Evergreen.
Members of the Callistemon family or 'Bottle Brush' as they are commonly known do not like too much fertilizer. The safest way to give them some nutrients is with a slow release product but remember in this case 'less is more'.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 100cm