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.
One of the best plants available to light up a shady area. New foliage is soft lime green and gradually turns to more golden tones. The flowers are a rosy pink and appear in summer. Happiest with protection from the afternoon sun. Trims well. Evergreen.
A compact dwarf Escallonia with vibrant glossy leaves and brilliant pink bell-shaped flowers from late Spring to late Summer. Fast growing, it will develop into a showy hedge. Good as a potted specimen. Prefers full sun to part shade, well drained soil. Good coastal plant, frost tolerant. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Pink Mature Size (HxW): 80cm x 80cm
What a great little easy care shrub this is. Nice neat compact habit, glossy green foliage that always looks good and tubular reddish flowers that appear from spring through to summer. The bees love the flowers. Great as an addition to the shrubbery or perfect as a hedge. Trims well. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.3m x 1m
A shrub or small tree with leathery evergreen leaves that are glossy on top and pale underneath. Beautiful scented white cup flowers in Spring. Something a little bit different. A common plant found in Queensland, Australia.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 1m
Are you looking for a nice low bright green hedge plant that is easy to grow and clips and shapes well? If so then little "Emerald Gem" is the plant for you. The foliage remains small, dainty and glossy. Tolerant of just about any soil or planting position.
Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 60cm
This plant with its masses of yellow-orage red flowers in Spring will tolerate most soils conditions, coastal conditions, drought and frost. Prefers an open sunny position and will require a light trim after flowering. This plant has a low water requirement once established. Prefers full sun to light shade.
Known as the egg and bacon bush and from the flowers you can see why. Fertilise with a long term, slow release fertiliser in spring.
A stunning tree that has bright emerald green foliage . Its compact, quick growing and can be grown as a hedge, pleached or topiarised. Grown in pots for doorway entry or in the garden as a stunning formal specimen. Prefers a moist well drained soil in sun or part shade. Frost tender when young. Evergreen Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Light up the garden with the bright yellow flowers of this striking Forsythia. The flowers appear in early spring before the leaves. Excellent flowers for picking. Easy to grow in a sunny position. Prune after flowering. Deciduous.
Candy Bells is a dainty miniature fuchsia that smothers itself in small pinkish red flowers from late spring to late autumn. It performs best in a warm spot that is shaded from the midday sun. Protect from frost. Enjoys free draining humus rich soil. Suitable for container growing. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Bushy Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 50cm
Fuchsia Candy Bells
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Fuchsia flowers delight with their pendulous blooms that dangle decoratively from arching branches. Will do best in a position where they are sheltered from harsh wind, harsh sun and harsh frost. Water well in summer and cut back when flowering is finished.
Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm