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.
This prostrate NZ native has black stems with striking silver foliage. Small mauve flowers are produced early spring. Great for year round colour interest in the garden. Sun. Good drainage. Trim after flowering to keep compact. Hardy. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Lavender Habit: Dense Compact Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
This Hebe is probably more desirable for the attractive foliage rather than the flowers. Gray leaves, margined with red form a neat little cushion. The red edge is more showy in cold weather. For those of you interested in the flowers these open to white from pink buds. Evergreen
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 75cm
March 2019 Release. Bred in the Waikato as part of the Regal series of Hebe. Louis is a low growing variety, white flowering, easy to grow and will be a real charmer! The glossy green foliage stays clean and compact all year round. A hardy New Zealand native plant.Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible Evergreen
Flower Colour: White Habit: Prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 100cm
March 2019 Release. Named for The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and bred for NZ conditions, this is a new, easy to grow Hebe to add to the Regal range. Upright growth with small deep burgundy foliage. Through the summer months masses of flowers that start light pink and age to white will smoother the plant. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible. Evergreen
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 30cm
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The Hebe Turkish Delight is a striking shrub which has deep purple-burgundy foliage. In the Spring and Summer it produces blue-mauve coloured flowers, these sit above the foliage on fine stems. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Lavender / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 50cm
Native. A top performing Hebe with striking variegated foliage that looks good all year round. From spring through until autumn violet-blue spikes of bloom appear and contrast very well with the foliage. Tolerant of high wind and coastal conditions and generally quite hardy. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Hebe. Attractive compact growing bush that produces rose purple flowers from mid autumn to mid spring. Prefers open position and benefits from removal of spent flowers to maintain size and shape and encourage repeat flowering. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple Habit: Rounded compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 130cm
A lovely deciduous form of Hibiscus tolerant of winter cold. The large single mauve flowers appear in summer and are highlighted with a red central eye. Very pretty in full flower. Prune after flowering to keep compact. Tolerant of most garden conditions but happiest in the sun. Deciduous
Flower Colour: Lavender / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Gorgeous tight buds open to reveal deliciously double blooms of rich lavender pink set against fresh green foliage. Flowers appear from summer through to autumn. Easy to grow in average garden conditions but happiest in the sun. Prune after flowering if required. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Lavender / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
A beautiful, summer flowering, deciduous shrub perfect for those of you who love white. Tight buds unfurl to reveal large, glistening white, single blooms set against fresh green foliage. Plant in a sunny spot and prune after flowering if required. A firm favourite of mine.
This shrub is ideal for placing mid-border or if you wish enjoy as a container plant.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m