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.
This hardy fast growing shrub is a perfect option for people wanting a flowering small hedge. With their attractive green leaves comes profusions of white flowers, tinged in pink in spring - autumn. Responds well to pruning and can be kept as low or high as you want it. Evergreen
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
A shrub or small tree with leathery evergreen leaves that are glossy on top and pale underneath. Beautiful scented white cup flowers in Spring. Something a little bit different. A common plant found in Queensland, Australia.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m
Are you looking for a nice low bright green hedge plant that is easy to grow and clips and shapes well? If so then little "Emerald Gem" is the plant for you. The foliage remains small, dainty and glossy. Tolerant of just about any soil or planting position.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A handsome shrub with large, lustrous, leaves that are lobed and can be up to 30cm across. Panicles of cream flowers in autumn followed by black berries. Quite hardy but happiest in semi-shade - especially in the NZ summer. Stunning container plant. Likes humus rich soil. Evergreen.
If you decide to grow your Fatsia in a container add a little compost or organic matter to the potting mix.
Flower Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
A stunning tree that has bright emerald green foliage . Its compact, quick growing and can be grown as a hedge, pleached or topiarised. Grown in pots for doorway enteries or in the garden as a stunning formal specimen. Frost tender when young.
Prefers a moist well drained soil in sun or part shade.
Light up the garden with the bright yellow flowers of this striking Forsythia. The flowers appear in early spring before the leaves. Excellent flowers for picking. Easy to grow in a sunny position. Prune after flowering. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
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Candy Bells is a dainty miniature fuchsia that smothers itself in small pinkish red flowers from late spring to late autumn. It performs best in a warm spot that is shaded from the midday sun. Protect from frost. Enjoys free draining humus rich soil. Suitable for container growing. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 50cm
Fuchsia flowers delight with their pendulous blooms that dangle decoratively from arching branches. Will do best in a position where they are sheltered from harsh wind, harsh sun and harsh frost. Water well in summer and cut back when flowering is finished.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A New Zealand native fuchsia that has the sweetest small but perfect fuchsia flowers followed by the most amazing large red berries. A groundcover plant that is best suited to a moist and semi shade to shaded position. Easily grown.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm