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.
Fast growing ground-cover shrub that is ideal for hot dry, windy areas, also tolerant of coastal conditions. Bright green spiky foliage and clusters of small yellow flowers from spring-summer. While this plant will thrive on neglect. Evergreen.
The Grevillea family do not like artificial fertilizer especially those with phosphate. If in doubt don't.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 100cm
An outstanding shrub that will thrive on neglect. Shiny green foliage with bronze overtones in winter and a slightly lax arching habit. Masses of small dark red 'spidery' flowers from autumn until spring will provide excellent winter colour. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 80cm
A fast growing and dense ground cover plant, with toothed leaves and coppery red new growth. Fantastic quick grower for banks and slopes, and in large landscaping areas, and can cover up to 6 metres. Flowers winter to late spring with toothbrush like red flowers. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 600cm
A spreading medium shrub with very attractive toothed leaves and large yellow toothbrush-like flowers. Good general garden shrub for larger areas or as a screen plant that is regularly pruned. Makes a good cut foliage. Likes sun, well drained soil and protection from frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Yellow / Red Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 4m
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Gorgeous, broad, glossy green foliage with attractive wavy margins. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Very tidy and well groomed. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Griselinia Broadway Mint
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Griselinia Broadway Mint
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This easy to grow shrub has small grey-green leaves and a broad habit. The flowers which appear in spring-summer are bright yellow with an attractive red marking in the centre. Happy in a warm, sunny, spot with good drainage, good coastal plant. Trim after flowering to keep tidy. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Yellow / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
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A truly wonderful small-growing, neat, upright, vase-shaped shrub that produces fragrant yellow blooms in late winter. The flowers are known by their spider like forms. Protect from the midday sun, give a cool moist climate. Stems of flowers look amazing in a vase and is a great way to prune the shrub. Deciduous, attractive autumn foliage.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 3m
An interesting neat, upright, shrub that produces fragrant red blooms in late winter. The flowers are characterized by their shaggy spider like form. Plant in sun or part shade in rich soil that does not dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
An interesting and attractive deciduous shrub with broad green leaves that colour well in autumn. The shaggy flowers which appear in spring are yellow, suffused with rich copper tones and very fragrant. Easy to grow in soil that does not completely dry out in summer.
Flower Colour: Red / Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m