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.
Standard. Bred in NZ, this popular hedging plant has deep red new growth for long periods in spring. The leaves gradually turn a deep glossy green. Tough and easy to grow. Perfect as a back-ground plant as well as a hedge. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Standard
Want a hedge with a wow factor? Photinia Supa Red is a fast growing shrub with vibrantly stunning red foliage all year long. Superb as a hedge or a speciman. Loves the sun and is drought tolerant once established. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m
Photinia Supa Red
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Photinia Supa Red
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Physocarpus. Woody shrub producing gorgeous burgundy/mahogany foliage in the spring and which retains its colour throughout the summer. Leaves are borne on red stems and the undersides are a contrasting olive green. Flowers are pom pom heads of small cream florets. A great contrast plant which is not fussy and low maintenance. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5
Lily of the Valley shrub. This is a vigorous grower with attractive new shoots that are a fiery red maturing to dark green. Pearly white fragrant flowers hang in attractive racemes and appear in spring. Prefers semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Pendulous Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
A gorgeous bamboo with green foliage dashed with yellow and gold leaves, purple canes. Great for small clump forms or borders for that something different. Edible shoots. Its roots are rhizomes and slow spreading.
It is advisable to cut back to ground level 2-3 times a year to keep the plant looking fresh. Can be used for hedging, pots and planters,indoors and to purify water.
Habit: Clumping/Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20-40cm x 20-40cm
The pretty clusters of deep blue flowers that appear from spring through to autumn are what makes this shrub so desirable. Happy in sun or part shade, tolerates dry conditions but not harsh frost. Trim lightly to maintain shape. Semi-evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m
Plumbago Royal Cape
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Sweet Pea Shrub. You certainly will be 'dazzled' when this evergreen shrub is in full flower in summer. Bright purple pea like flowers simply smother the green foliage. Likes the sun and light well drained soil to do well. Trim in early spring if required. Easy to grow.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Sweet Pea Shrub. This evergreen shrub flowers pretty much all year round with vivid purple blooms that look a bit like the blossom of a pea hence the common name. Likes the sun and good drainage to do well but is reasonably tolerant, hardy and adaptable.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A compact dwarf evergreen shrub with a rounded habit. Pretty Maube/Purple sweet pea-like flowers appear nearly all year round. Plant in full sun or part shade. Cold hardy and withstands dry and sunny conditions. Great for containers, borders or coastal plantings.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Polygala Little Bibi
Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm ?
Container: 1.5l ?
Polygala Little Bibi
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An erect compact shrub of manageable proportions. Flowers are a light yellowy-greenish colour with black tipped bracts surrounding a darker floral mass. Produces long strong stems suitable for early season picking. Flowers Autumn-early winter. Medium frost hardy. Evergreen
Colour: White / Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Protea Arctic Ice
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Protea Arctic Ice
New stock arriving beginning of July, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $36.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.