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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
Native. This is a fabulous evergreen shrub that really comes into its own when used as a hedge. Gorgeous green polished leathery leaves, a tidy well groomed appearance and a tolerance for just about any conditions including coastal make this an invaluable landscaping plant. Clips well.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Gorgeous, broad, glossy green foliage with attractive wavy margins. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Very tidy and well groomed. Evergreen.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Desirable for the small dark green glossy foliage which is offset by red stems. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Evergreen.
Native. The gorgeous, large glossy leaves of this evergreen shrub are ideal for adding a lush tropical look to the garden. Undemanding and tolerant of wind, and coastal conditions but not harsh frost. Will grow quite large if left to its own devices but trims well. Can be used for hedging.
The common name of this shrub is Puka or Akapuka not to be confused with Meryta which is also a native commonly called Puka. See that's why we use those hard to say Latin names.
Native. An easy to grow shrub which is invaluable for difficult sites as it is tolerant of almost any conditions including coastal. Fresh bright green foliage highlighted by red stems. Particularly useful for hedging. Always looks neat and tidy, trims exceptionally well. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
New stock expected soon. Pre-order now. Estimated price $14.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
Hakea laurina is another species from Western Australia, there are various hybrids in cultivation. The wild species is an upright or sprawling shrub/small tree up to 6m. The flower heads are globe shaped, red in colour with bright white styles. Flowers in autumn and early winter.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Sprawling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 3m
New stock expected soon. Pre-order now. Estimated price $24.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
This easy to grow shrub has small grey-green leaves and a broad habit. The flowers which appear in spring-summer are bright yellow with an attractive red marking in the centre. Happy in a warm, sunny, spot with good drainage, good coastal plant. Trim after flowering to keep tidy. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
A truly wonderful small-growing, neat, upright, vase-shaped shrub that produces fragrant yellow blooms in late winter. The flowers are known by their spider like forms. Protect from the midday sun, give a cool moist climate. Stems of flowers look amazing in a vase and is a great way to prune the shrub. Deciduous, attractive autumn foliage.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 3m
Hamamelis Arnold Promise
New stock expected mid July, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $54.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.