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. What a pretty little Princess this Australian bred lavender is with dark pink tufted blooms that appear from spring through to summer. Aromatic grey-green foliage combines well with the flowers. Loves the sun and good drainage and a coiffure after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
Lavender The Princess
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Lavender The Princess
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Lavandula. Dwarf Lavender. This little sweetie will charm you with its aromatic, fine grey-green foliage and dainty stems of deep purple flower heads which smell delicious. Bred to remain compact. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Lavandula. An outstanding form of 'English Lavender' with fragrant spikes of iridescent violet blue flowers held on long stems from spring to summer. Neat and tidy aromatic grey-foliage. Use in the border or as a low hedge or just pop one in a pot. Loves the sun and good drainage. Evergreen. PVR.
Trim lightly after flowering.
Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 60cm
Lavender Violet Intrigue
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Lavandula. "Winter Lace", a new release winter flowering lavender. The flowers are purple in colour and perfumed and the foliage is aromatic and a soft green colour. Plant in a sunny spot in the garden in well drained soil. PVR.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
Lavender Winter Lace
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Lavandula. This sweet Lavender has been bred to stay compact, flower its head off and cope with humid conditions so you know it will be a reliable performer. The grey-green aromatic foliage is topped off with flower heads of deep pink with paler pink 'bracts' in spring-summer. Evergreen. PVR.
Plant your 'Lavender With Love' in a sunny well drained position and lightly trim after flowering.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Lavender With Love
New stock arriving end of October, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $16.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
This small, upright, evergreen shrub is at its most delightful in winter when the flower bracts are a gorgeous shade of warm cream. Just lovely in a vase. Happiest in a sunny well drained position in acid soil. Protect from harsh frost.
Avoid fertilisers but will respond well to compost or peat.
Colour: Cream / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A stunning Leucadendron that looks good all year round. Stems of brilliant flame red flower bracts make a real statement and are irresistible for picking. Deserves a prominent position in a warm sheltered spot in the garden. Prefers acid soil and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Leucadendrons are low nutrient plants i.e. they don't like a lot of fertilizer especially those with nitrogen and phosphate. If in doubt leave it out.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m