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.
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
Mophead Hydrangea. Large rounded bi-colour blooms of purple and white put on a real show in summer. Handsome dark green foliage and a compact habit. Plant in morning sun or dappled light in rich acid soil for best results. Colour will vary depending on the pH in the soil Can be container grown as long as watered well. Deciduous.
Colour: Purple / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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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
Mophead Hydrangea. This European cultivar is considered to be one of the best blue Hydrangeas. Large showy heads from summer to autumn on a reasonably compact plant. Happy in morning sun or semi-shade in acid soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
If your soil is not acid enough to maintain the intense blue of this Hydrangea you can apply Aluminium Sulphate to alter the soil ph.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Mophead. A very pretty Hydrangea with frilly serrated florets in tones of cream and pink that form large rounded balls of bloom in summer to autumn. Nice glossy green foliage complements well. Happiest in morning sun to part shade in soil that stays moist in summer. Deciduous. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 80cm
An outstanding Lacecap Hydrangea that is highly desirable for the deepest blue, flat flower heads that put on a real show during summer and autumn. Compact, tidy and free flowering. Prune (to a pair of fat buds) either at the end of flowering or in early spring to keep tidy. Deciduous.
The intense blue colour of this Hydrangea will be more obvious if your plant is growing in acid soil. A side dressing of Aluminium Sulphate during the growth period will also assist.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Paniculata. An award winning Hydrangea with conical clusters of creamy-white flowers that appear mostly in the summer. The fresh dark green foliage complements the large blooms. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in nice humus rich soil for best results. Lovely to pick. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2.5m
Paniculata. An award winning Hydrangea with large conical flower heads that put on a magnificent display in summer-autumn. The flowers open to a fresh shade of chartreuse, then gradually turn cream and finally become a deep smoky shade of pink. Best in humus rich soil, sun or part shade. Deciduous.
As this Hydrangea flowers on the new growth it is best pruned in early spring if in fact any pruning is required. If left to grow to its full potential it will put on a stunning display. Quite fast growing - the bloom colour is reliable regardless of the soil pH.
Colour: Green / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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Mophead. Add a touch of French style to your garden or pots with the large rounded heads of cerise blooms that decorate Hydrangea 'Paris'. Plant in morning sun with adequate moisture. Compact habit. Deciduous. PVR SHM142.
To ensure you maintain the deep pink tones of this Hydrangea side dress with lime annually.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A unique little Hydrangea that is slow growing and very compact. The rich pink flower heads sit amongst lush green foliage that forms a tight mound. Perfect for the front of the border, or containers. Tolerant and easy to grow. Side dress with Lime to maintain the pink tones. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm