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.
Mophead. Lush fresh green foliage and large rounded heads of cornflower blue will delight in summer-autumn. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in rich acid soil for best results. Side dress with Aluminium sulphate to maintain the blue colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Mophead. One of our favourite Hydrangeas. Gorgeous large white flower heads that open from soft lime green buds. Lovely to pick. Best planted in dappled light in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Mophead. Brighten up the shrubbery or flowering border with this Hydrangea that has large round heads of carmine red flowers from summer to autumn. Happiest in morning sun or part shade in nice humus rich soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
To maintain the carmine-red colour of the blooms side dress annually with Lime.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
A smaller mophead variety with large, rich, rose pink blooms over lush, fresh green foliage. Grow in morning sun in soil that is not too dry. Side dress with lime to maintain the pink colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Round compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Lacecap. Geoffrey Chadbund is an obliging chap who will have pink flowers in alkaline soil and purple flowers if planted in acid soil. The flowers themselves are broad and flat with a halo of outer florets highlighting the central zone of smaller florets. Very striking. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 90cm
Lemon and lime is the happening thing and here is a hydrangea with leaf colour that just lights up the shade. This stunning hydrangea is noted for it bright yellow, lime green foliage, stunning in a dappled light to semi shade position. Prefers most soils with a touch extra over the summer when it is graced with it's lovely pink or white flowers. Deciduous.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A mophead Hydrangea with very large, pure white flower heads that smother the lush green foliage in summer-autumn making for a wonderful display. Happiest in semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m
Pale green foliage with 'serrated' edges and bronze tips. The summer-autumn blooms are a dainty and a mix of tiny blue central flowers surrounded by a halo of white florets. Very pretty. Plant in morning sun or part shade. Prefers rich acid soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Side dress with Aluminium sulphate to maintain the blue tones.
Colour: Blue / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Lacecap. Gorgeous, large, white flowers that have a halo of showy florets surrounding the densely packed centre of smaller florets. Dark green tapered leaves complement the flowers nicely. Plant in semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Lacecap. Gorgeous, large flattened flower-heads made up of a tight central zone of tiny flowers in tones of pink and blue surrounded by an outer halo of pink and white florets. Handsome green foliage completes the picture. Plant in morning sun or dappled light. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m