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.
Lavandula. This is a stunning 'English' hybrid lavender which is both tall and sturdy. With large aromatic grey foliage and long stems of intensely aromatic purple flower heads it is a very desirable plant. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen.
Lavender 'Dilly Dilly' can be grown as a hedge or used in the border for colour and fragrance. Lavender flowers are great for attracting bees to the garden so they ideal to plant near the vegetable garden to assist with pollination.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 40cm
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Lavandula. Compact habit, high fragrance and free flowering. Delivering an abundance of white spring flowers that sit just above the fragrant green foliage. An excellent choice for garden beds or containers on your courtyard or deck. Easy care, dry tolerant, stunning mass planted, mix it up with other Fairy Wing lavenders to add a stunning display of spring colour. Evergreen
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
Lavandula. An 'English' type Lavender with deliciously aromatic foliage and flowers. The grey leaves are off set by dark purple flower heads that appear from summer through to early autumn. Makes a lovely hedge. Trims well (after flowering). Plant in a sunny well drained position.
After trimming your Lavender dry the flower heads to use for potpourri. Top tip - put dried Lavender in the vacuum cleaner bag to perfume your whole home and keep the vacuum smelling sweet.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 70cm
Lavandula. Lavender Hybrid. A popular Lavender that produces abundance of long stemmed, dark lavender flower heads through-out the summer. These are used commercially for dried flowers and oil production. Just lovely in the garden and will help attract bees. Evergreen.
'Grosso' is probably one of the most deliciously fragrant of all the Lavenders available to gardeners' today. Well worth planting just for the fragrance alone.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
Lavandula. Named after one of England's finest gardens this lovely little English Lavender has intensely aromatic foliage and flowers. The deep purple flowers appear on fine stems in summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Trim after flowering. Evergreen. RHS AGM.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Lavandula. Lavender 'Major' is one of the most popular Lavenders sold in NZ and there's a good reason for that. The plump purple flower heads appear in abundance from early spring through to late summer. It performs well, looks good and clips well. Happiest in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen.
Use for low hedges, container planting, topiary work or just plant amongst your other treasures in the mixed border. A great little Mediterranean lavender that seldom disappoints.
Colour: Purple / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Lavandula. English Lavender. A dwarf, compact form with foliage and flowers that carry the true sweet lavender fragrance we all love. The fine, grey foliage is topped off with stalks of little lavender flower heads in the peak of summer. Trim after flowering. Loves the sun and good drainage. Evergreen.
'Munstead' is named after Munstead woods in Surrey - the home of renowned garden designer - the late Gertrude Jeckyl.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Lavandula. English Lavender. This selected form of the ever popular and very fragrant English Lavender will delight the senses with stems of intense blue-mauve flowers in the summer months. Aromatic fine grey foliage. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 45cm
Lavandula. A NZ bred form of Spanish Lavender that has a nice compact habit and flower heads of glowing purple with little tufts on the top. Use to add colour to the spring garden or perhaps consider as a low hedge. Plant in a sunny well drained position and trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Lavandula. A beautiful upright, bushy lavender. The fragrant flowers are soft grey blue with clear white wings that are held above silver grey aromatic foliage in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Tolerant of light frosts and hunid conditions. Stunning, low maintenance Lavender. Trim after flowering by removing spent blooms. Evergreen
Colour: Purple blue / Lavender Habit: Upright bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 50cm