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.
An excellent sprawling shrub that covers a lot of ground on difficult areas that need fast cover. Attractive bronze divided leaves and long red 'toothbrush' flowers that appear throughout the year but particularly in spring. Likes sun, well drained soil and protection from frost. Evergreen. PVR.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 30cm x 300cm
A fast growing, easy to grow shrub that will tolerate poor soil. Needles of deep green foliage and attractive 'spider' like blooms of cream and green. A nice combination. Loves the sun and good drainage, protect from really harsh frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
Grevillea 'Cream Passion' is a medium sized, bushy shrub with a spreading habit. It has attractive deeply dissected blue green foliage. In late winter to early summer large cream and pink flower will be seen covering the bush. Prefers full sun and good drainage. Evergreen.
Grevillea Deua Flame is an evergreen spreading shrub to 2m high. It comes naturally from a small area of the NSW south coast. It is a prolific flowering shrub providing colour most of the year. The only maintenance required is some light pruning to maintain a dense shape.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
Deua Gold is a compact ever blooming shrub with delightful gold spider flowers. The glossy green leaves are held on arching branches and are set off with flowers for most of the year with a crescendo in late winter spring. This is a great specimen or container plant to add year round interest to your garden. Evergreen. PVR
Large two toned flowers of pink and beautifully contrasting dark burgundy and the styles make beautiful pink loops before they open. This large evergreen shrub has showy bright green foliage with bronze tips. Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. The flowers appear many times throughout the year. Prune lightly for shape and size. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 2m
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A great plant for quick cover on dry banks and walls. The soft grey-green foliage has a cascading, spreading habit and is complemented by red 'spider-like' blooms from autumn to spring. Likes the sun, good drainage and light soil but doesn't like frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Groundcover Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 15cm x 40cm
This highly ornamental Grevillea produces masses of vibrant pink flowers throughout winter and spring. A medium to large sized shrub with a weeping habit and furnished with finely divided dark green leaves. Grows best in well drained soil and full sun. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 3m x 2m
Beautiful prostrate grevillea with deeply lobed leaves with reddish new growth and burgundy toothbrush flowers in spring-summer. Prefers acidic soils, responds well to hard pruing. Great for embankments or large containers.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 250cm