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.
Peaches and Cream is a small/medium sized shrub with a dense spreading habit. Its attractive deeply dissected foliage is bright green with bronze highlights in winter. Long loose flower clusters of greenish yellow age to various shades of yellow, pink and orange throughout the year. Evergreen. PVR
Pink Miget has a wonderful dense compact habit which is low and wide. This grevillea gives a continuous production of delightfull pink flowers. Moderate frost tolerance, Prefers regular watering for continual bloom. Evergreen. PVR
Poorinda Elegance is a free flowering shrub that flowers for much of the year and is quite drought and frost resistant. It has vivid yellow/apricot and red blooms. This variety will grow to around 2 metre tall and can also make a great screen or hedge with trimming. Evergreen
Flower Colour: Apricot / Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.8m
Grevillea Poorinda Peter is a medium sized grevillea with deeply lobed, dark green leaves and a profusion of reddish purple flowers from early winter to mid summer. Great for screens and as an informal hedge. Frost and drought tolerant. Responds well to regular pruning.
This is a quick growing hardy Grevillea that will provide habitat for small birds in the garden and is perfect for screening. Frost and drought tolerant. Responds well to regular pruning.
Fast growing ground-cover shrub that is ideal for hot dry, windy areas, also tolerant of coastal conditions. Bright green spiky foliage and clusters of small yellow flowers from spring-summer. While this plant will thrive on neglect. Evergreen.
The Grevillea family do not like artificial fertilizer especially those with phosphate. If in doubt don't.
Strong grey-green foliage provides a striking background to prolific displays of rich red spider flowers. Compact growing with pink-red flowers borne almost year-round. Great for most garden situations, especially in drier conditions. Sun loving with protection from harsh frost, Evergreen.
loved by nectar birds.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
An outstanding shrub that will thrive on neglect. Shiny green foliage with bronze overtones in winter and a slightly lax arching habit. Masses of small dark red 'spidery' flowers from autumn until spring will provide excellent winter colour. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Arching Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1m x 80cm
A rounded low spreading shrub with variegated leaves and red flowers that show them selves off against the green foliage. Hardy and suited to most soils and positions in the garden in full sun. Tolerant of most soil conditions that are well drained. Prune hard to shape. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm
An evergreen shrub with attractive grey green foliage and shaggy scarlet flowers from October right through to summer. The flowers are very attractive to birds. Will grow in just about any soil, tolerates coastal conditions, but needs protection from frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 2m
Silky Oak. A rapid growing evergreen tree with, large handsome, fern like leaves that are deep green above and grey-green underneath. Once mature this tree has rich gold blooms that decorate the tree from spring to summer. Loves a warm position and well drained soil. Tolerant of light frost.
The 'Silky Oak' may take up to 10 years to start flowering however this tree has such a nice shape and form that it is worthy of planting even if it never flowers.