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.
A selected form of the ancient and ever popular Bay Tree. Having smaller leaves than other forms makes it ideal for topiary work. The leaves are aromatic, dark green and leathery and just love to be clipped or cooked! Tolerant of most conditions including coastal. Evergreen. Culinary.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Laurus Nobilis Tuscan Towers Std 120 cm
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A selected form of the ever popular and ancient Bay Tree. Wonderfully aromatic thick, leathery, green leaves that can be used for culinary purposes. Tolerates most conditions including coastal, clips well, great for topiary specimens. Evergreen.
Lavandula. Bright violet blue flowers on long "pickable" stems and an intense perfume make this Lavender one to add to your collection. Easy to grow in a warm well drained position. Trim after flowering to encourage strong healthy new growth. Suitable for drying and hedging. Evergreen. RHS AGM.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
Lavandula. This is a compact variety of English Lavender producing striking, deep violet-blue flowers in the summer. Delightfully fragrant with that true 'Lavender' fragrance we all love. Good for attracting bees to the garden. Trim after flowering. Plant in a well drained sunny spot. Evergreen.
The trimmed flower heads can be dried in the sun or in a warm dry spot and used for making lavender sachets, pot pourri etc. Make sure you do this trimming before autumn so your Lavender has a chance to re-grow before it gets too cold.
Flower Colour: Purple / Lavender Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm
Lavandula. A gorgeous little Lavender hybrid with soft grey foliage and fine spikes of white flowers with just a hint of mauve that appear in summer. Lovely for add to the border or use as a little hedge perhaps in the vege garden. Smells wonderful. Likes a sunny spot and good drainage. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Lavender Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Lavandula. French Lavender. A vigorous lavender that is fabulous for hedging. Aromatic grey-green, 'toothed' foliage and long stems of fragrant flowers which are produced almost all year around. Trim regularly to keep tidy. Loves full sun and a well drained position. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Lavender Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Lavandula. An 'English' type Lavender with deliciously aromatic foliage and flowers. The grey leaves are off set by dark purple flower heads that appear from summer through to early autumn. Makes a lovely hedge. Trims well (after flowering). Plant in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen
After trimming your Lavender dry the flower heads to use for potpourri. Top tip - put dried Lavender in the vacuum cleaner bag to perfume your whole home and keep the vacuum smelling sweet.
Flower Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 70cm
Lavandula. English Lavender. A highly fragrant Lavender with arching silver grey foliage and stems of dainty flowers that have a silver hue toned with soft violet. Very pretty when in full flower during summer. Plant in a warm well drained spot. Trim after flowering. Evergreen. PVR.
Flower Colour: Purple / Silver Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Lavandula Hybrid. A popular Lavender that produces an abundance of long stemmed, dark lavender flower heads through-out the summer. These are used commercially for dried flowers and oil production. Just lovely in the garden and will help attract bees. Well worth planting for the fragrance alone.
'Grosso' is probably one of the most deliciously fragrant of all the Lavenders available to gardeners' today. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Lavender Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
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Lavandula. Named after one of England's finest gardens this lovely little English Lavender has intensely aromatic foliage and flowers. The deep purple flowers appear on fine stems in summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Trim after flowering. Evergreen. RHS AGM.
Flower Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm