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 interesting neat, upright, shrub that produces fragrant red blooms in late winter. The flowers are characterized by their shaggy spider like form. Plant in sun or part shade in rich soil that does not dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
An interesting and attractive deciduous shrub with broad green leaves that colour well in autumn. The shaggy flowers which appear in spring are yellow, suffused with rich copper tones and very fragrant. Easy to grow in soil that does not completely dry out in summer.
Colour: Red / Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
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This is a shrubby form of Hardenbergia with large leathery green leaves. In winter-spring the shrub is covered in pretty purple pea-like flowers that put on quite a dazzling display. Likes a sunny well drained position with protection from harsh frost. Trim after flowering. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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This compact hebe with wonderful grey foliage has a neat habit ideal for rockeries and containers. Small white flowers are borne in abundance during summer. Trim lightly after flowering for shape and size. Enjoys sun to partial shade. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Purple Habit: Spreading mound Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 60cm
This hebe was developed by a Waikato Nursery as part of the Regal Series of Hebes and named for the Duchess of Cambridge. New leaf shoots are burgundy red in colour, maturing to deep olive green. Masses of purple flowers develop through summer. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
Hebe Champion is a small compact Hebe which was bred in Europe. Made up of small round cupped glossy deep olive green leaves on the upper surface and deep maroon underneath. The leaves turn purple in winter. Violet flowers, fading white appear in late spring to summer. Open upright habit. PVR Perennial
Colour: Violet Habit: Compact bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
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Bred in the Waikato as part of the Regal series. Hebe Charlotte is a recent member of the Regal family with glossy green foliage topped with pretty pink flowers through the summer months. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. A hardy NZ native. PVR eligible.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
Native. An attractive, low growing and compact shrub with dark green foliage and masses of palest mauve flowers in early spring. Easy to grow in the sun with protection from harsh frost. Neat and tidy habit - suitable for a low hedge. Trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm