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. Gorgeous rounded flower heads in a pretty mauve shade will delight from summer through to autumn. Nice compact habit, perfect for the garden or a pot. Happiest in morning sun with adequate moisture. Deciduous. PVR SHM143
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Red arching stems clothed in variegated foliage with green, pink and cream leaves. Mid summer brings golden-yellow, cup shaped flowers adorned with a tuft of yellow stamens. Looks great draping itself over stones, pots or in your border. Semi-evergreen
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 90cm
Hypocalymma cordifolia ‘Golden Veil’ is a small shrubby member of the myrtle (eucalypt) family growing to 1m x 1m with white and green foliage tipped with new pink growth. The brightly coloured foliage is excellent in a medium sized container as well as in well drained spots in the garden.
Beautiful dark glossy foliage of a blue green hue on dark purple stems makes this upright variety of holly a very attractive plant. As it is a male form there are no berries, plant female 'Blue Angel' to ensure pollination. Good hedging or topiary.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2 - 3m
A worthwhile consideration for a hedge with a difference. Small, glossy green leaves which are sharply pointed at the tip. White flowers in spring followed by long lasting red berries in summer that birds love. Self fertile, therefore no male needed, oh if life was that easy! Hardy and evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 4.5m
This handsome variety has relatively long leaves marked in grey and edged in cream and purple stems - a very clean variegation. It is female and free fruiting but will require a male within bee travelling distance for the small white flowers to produce numerous red berries. Compact, dense evergreen tree or shrub with purple young shoots. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Dense Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
A delightful little Holly that is ideal for hedging and topiary work. Small glossy green leaves and a neat and tidy habit. This female clone has little black berries that follow the insignificant flowers. A worthy substitute for Box. Happy in a sunny position in nice deep soil. Hardy.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Topiary Ball. One of the most attractive hollies with tiny leaves that form into a dense shrub. This is a small leafed clone. The fruits are small black and shiny. Ideal for hedging or topiary work. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
An attractive Holly with dark green, almost spineless foliage. Little white flowers in spring are followed by a mass of red berries that put on quite a show and hold well. Presented here to use as an accent in the garden or as a feature in a pot. Evergreen.
'J C Van Tol' is a self-fertile Holly hybrid and will therefore have berries without the need to plant a male and a female. Remember that your Holly will resent being shifted so choose your planting spot carefully.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
An unusual and desirable form of the hardy and ever reliable Holly. Very dark green leaves - can be used for hedging, topiary or as a background plant. Easy to grow just about anywhere but happiest in a sunny open spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m