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.
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
The dark, green, glossy foliage of this Holly has a distinctive blue hue which is attractively highlighted by the dark purple stems. White flowers in spring but no berries as this is a male form. A very hardy no fuss shrub that clips well. Evergreen. Presented here as a standard.
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
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
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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
It forms a wonderful cover and it has a fresh green colour which is reminiscent of lawn. The foliage is very prickly, a common characteristic of many junipers. Most are pretty tolerant with soils, but they dislike a wet environment. Many will take quite alkaline conditions too.It is also often grown as bonsai.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 270cm
As a tropical plant this is something a bit different. Great for growing in pots and containers where they can be moved out of Jack Frosts reach, and weathered over. Likes small amounts of water regularly but not over watered.
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Lantana montevidensis is a trailing form of Lantana. and will only get 30-38cm in height with a 90-120cm spread, making it a nice groundcover. The blooms are lilac pink to purple with yellow centers, appear in masses from spring to autumn. Purple Trailing Lantana’s foliage will change to a red to purple color in the colder months. The foliage is very aromatic.
Colour: Purple Habit: Trailing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 38cm x 120cm