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.
A NZ bred Hybrid with large frilly trusses of bloom in brilliant bronze-orange tones. The blooms are lightly scented. Provides a spectacular display in spring. Fresh green summer foliage and nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in sun or semi-shade in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Colour: Brown / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
If you like yellow you will love this deciduous Azalea that has glowing spring blooms in tones of lemon and saffron yellow all highlighted with an apricot flare. The blooms have the added bonus of being lightly scented. Happiest in deep acid soil in sun or part shade. Bred in NZ. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
An outstanding deciduous Azalea that produces large, luscious, vivid golden-orange blooms with a yellow flare. The blooms are scented and appear in early spring. Plant in a sheltered position and mulch the roots regularly to keep cool. Happy in sun or part shade. Good autumn colour is an added bonus.
Colour: Gold / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Mrs Kint is at her best in spring when she decorates her dainty dark green foliage with beautiful single white blooms. Happiest in light shade. Nice compact plant which could be used for a low hedge in a shady part of the garden. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
Fragrant orange-red buds open to a compact head of double yellow flowers, turning pink as they mature in late spring. The pink tones deepen as the flowers age and then gradually turn orange as they fade. Fresh green foliage in summer, nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Will grow in sun or part shade and prefers deep acid soil. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Fire up your spring garden with the stunning, hot, burnt orange flowers from this gorgeous azalea. Compact habit with green summer foliate and tones of scarlet and orange prior to leaf fall. PLant in acid soil for best results. Deciduous
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
A delicious deciduous Azalea with creamy white blooms that emerge with the new spring foliage creating a very beautiful confection. There is an added bonus of a delightful fragrance. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Suitable for a container as long as you remember to water regularly. PVR.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Fresh green foliage and crisp white, double, frilled flowers that appear in spring. The flowers are highlighted with a scattering of green freckles at the throat. Dwarf, compact habit and certainly one of the best white Azaleas. Prefers an acid soil but is generally easy care and hardy. Perfect choice for a low hedge. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A stunning deciduous Azalea that produces large flowers of deep pink with a flash of bright orange-yellow in the centre. A striking combination of colours which will command attention in the late winter early spring garden. Plant in sun or semi shade in acid soil. Avoid Lime.
Colour: Pink / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m