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 vigorous, ground-hugging shrub with divided green leaves that look a bit like an Oak leaf. The new shoots have a red tinge that matches the red 'toothbrush' flowers that appear from spring to autumn. Happy in the sun, tolerant of light or poor soils. Protect from frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: red Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 3m
A hardy groundcover with variegated leaves. New growth has a pink tinge which later turns to white. Prune lightly after flowering. Ideal plant to cover large areas. Mass plant for quick effect. Fertilize with a low phosphorus fertilizer. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 150cm
A small tough Grevillea with an amazing display of orange/yellow flowers. It flowers during spring/summer when it will be covered with flowers. Like most grevilleas it is drought tolerant once established and frost hardy. Best planted in full sun. Evergreen. PVR
It will grow in most soil conditions.
Flower Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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.
Flower 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 New Blood is a low spreading shrub covered with deep red spidery flowers for most of the year. It is extremely hardy frost resistant and will be happy in a sunny or shady position in the garden. Great as a feature ground cover plant for rockeries as well as for pots. Evergreen. PVR
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Low Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Compact evergreen shrub with bright green needle like leaves. Flowers throughout spring and summer with clusters of scarlet red flowers which cover the shrub. This is a sun lover that prefers a well drained acidic soil.Evergreen
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Poorinda Elegance is a free flowering shrub that flowers for much of the year and is quite drought and frost resistant. It has vivid yellow/apricot and red blooms. This variety will grow to around 2 metre tall and can also make a great screen or hedge with trimming. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Apricot / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.8m