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 unique variety with a narrow growth habit producing a slimline upright form with the usual classic large red bottlebrush flowers. Ideal for fence lines or narrow gardens. Likes a sunny position with moist, well-drained soils. Hardy, adaptable, soil tolerant and occasional water-logging. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 1.2m
Weeping bottlebrush. A robust and easy to grow evergreen shrub with stiff green foliage and masses of bright red 'bottle-brushes' in summer and autumn. Loved by the birds and the bees. Likes a warm position with protection from harsh frost but generally undemanding.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Weeping Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 6m x 3m
Expected Stock Height: 110/130 cm ?
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Delight the birds in your garden with this Australian native that has cheerful flower brushes that are a soft red with pink undertones. The flowers appear in spring and autumn and hold well. Plant in sunny spot, prune back faded blooms to encourage new growth. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 2m
Bottlebrush. An unusual form of Bottlebrush in that it has beautiful white 'brushes' in spring-summer rather than the usual red tones. Dark green foliage offsets the flowers well. Sprawling habit. Prefers a sunny spot away from harsh frost but overall quite vigorous. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 300cm
Buttercup Tree. This evergreen shrub is a real stand out in the winter garden. The dark green foliage is covered by a mass of bright yellow 'buttercup' blooms from autumn through winter. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained spot preferably with some wind protection.
As the 'Buttercup Tree' blooms on new growth it is a good idea to prune after flowering each year to encourage new shoots. Don't worry if the leaflets fold at night - they do this naturally - isn't nature clever?
Unique, strange, fun! This plant has a character all of its own, with fine 'hairy' strands of evergreen cascading foliage. Use as a groundcover or feature plant in rockeries, where it will spread to 1.5m across but only 30cm high. Excellent weed suppression, low maintenance. Evergreen
Habit: Groundcover Mature Size (HxW): 30cm x 150cm
This NZ cultivar of the popular 'Californian Lilac' is a fast growing spreading shrub useful for tumbling over walls or for using as a ground-cover. In spring masses of blue flower heads smother the bright green foliage. Likes a sunny well drained spot and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Prune after flowering to keep tidy.
Flower Colour: Blue / Lavender Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 75cm x 150cm
Ceanothus Blue Cushion
Expected Stock Height: 10/15 cm ?
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An attractive spreading evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
This is a very useful shrub for cascading over walls and banks. Benefits from a trim every now and then (after flowering) to encourage healthy new growth. Very striking in full flower.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Mature Size (HxW): 75cm x 150cm
Std. An attractive evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Mature Size (HxW): Standard