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.
Fabulous form and foliage make this Holly a useful and desirable plant. Growing naturally in a tight upright column it looks great in containers or can be used as an accent point. Happy in sun or part shade. Small white flowers followed by black berries but these are fairly inconspicuous. Evergreen.
This is also a useful plant where a narrow screen or hedge is required, it will do the job without dominating or becoming a constant trimming problem.
Colour: White Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 0.5m
'Sky Sentry' AKA as 'Sky Pencil' is a wonderfully architectural plant with its strong upright, columnar habit. The small, dark green, glossy leaves hug the upright stems and always look tidy. Use where you want to make a punctuation mark in the garden. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
'Sky Sentry' is a female form of Holly but needs a male for the flowers to turn into berries. Currently there is no male form on offer. 'Sky Sentry' has been awarded a Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit.
Colour: White Habit: Columar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
Ischyrolepis is a particularly ornamental shrub with drooping branches and finely textured foliage; the plant provides an ornamental grass effect and will do well in outdoor containers. The female flowers ripen to produce large amounts of white, papery seeds which look great in cut flower arrangements. Evergreen
Calico bush. Glossy green leaves with terminal clusters of deep burgundy red buds opening to strong pink, saucer shaped flowers, fading to medium pink with age. One of the most eye catching when in flower. Plant in dappled light in soil that does not dry out in summer. Spring flowers. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.4m
Calico bush. Glossy green leaves with terminal clusters of lolly-pink saucer shaped flowers. Selected for compact growth and massed flower display. Plant in dappled light in soil that does not dry out in summer. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Fast growing evergreen shrub or small erect tree. Bright green leaves which release volatile oils when crushed.
Similar to manuka but leaves are soft and flowers and seeds are smaller than manuka. Attractive branching pattern and profuse flowering in summer.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 5m
The common name for this small tree is Crepe Myrtle because of the clusters pretty 'crinkled' lilac-pink flowers that appear from summer to autumn. Along with the flowers there is attractive bronze-green new foliage and smooth bark. Plant in a warm sheltered position. Deciduous.
Colour: Mauve / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
The common name for this elegant and graceful shrub is Crepe Myrtle because of the clusters of pretty 'crinkled' pink flowers that appear in late summer from crimson red buds. Along with the flowers there is attractive foliage and smooth bark. Plant in a warm sheltered position. Deciduous.
Colour: Crimson Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
The common name for this elegant and graceful shrub is Crepe Myrtle because of the clusters pretty 'crinkled' soft pink flowers that appear from summer to autumn. Along with the flowers there is attractive bronze-green foliage and smooth bark. Plant in a warm sheltered position. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink/Lavender Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Crepe Myrtle. Beautiful lilac-mauve 'crinkly' flowers appear amongst the dark green foliage for months in summer. Forms a very nice small tree with smooth bark. Loves to grow in the sun in a sheltered position. Deciduous.
AKA 'Soir D'Puard'.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m