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.
This is one for the birds as they just love the bright red berries that follow the masses of white flowers at the end of summer. Compact in habit with glossy green leaves and few thorns. Grows just about anywhere and in any soil but prefers a sunny spot that isn't too wet. Evergreen.
Pyracantha are suitable for training as espaliers and look particularly good against a sunny wall where you can observe the birds par-taking of a 'berry' nice breakfast.
Colour: White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
This is an excellent little shrub that will reward you for very little effort. The leathery bronze-green foliage always looks good and the deep pink flowers appear in generous clusters from late winter to spring. Nice compact low habit, easy to grow in a sunny spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Large showy pink flowers that contrast with the foliage through spring and summer. This is a tough, small, compact evergreen shrub that has a magnificent display of large showy pink flowers. It will tolerate extreme conditions, and rarely if ever produces seed, making it safer near native bush. Evergreen
Full sun to moderate shade. Drought and frost tolerant. Humidity tolerant. Suits coastal positions and difficult planting sites. Ideal for water efficient gardens and landscapes
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
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Very hardy plant for almost any location. Produces masses of large white flowers in spring with spot flowering throughout the rest of the year. Tolerant of frost, drought and coastal conditions. Tolerant of most soil types. Full sun to light shade. Evergreen
Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Very large, rounded trusses of brilliant bright pink decorate this Rhododendron in spring. Vigorous bushy growth habit with attractive foliage. Happiest with dappled light. Mulch around the roots annually to keep cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
A dwarf Rhododendron with bright green foliage and glowing red blooms that appear in spring. Excellent choice for the front of the border or perhaps a container in a shady corner. Prefers dappled light and acid soil, mulch annually and avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Beautiful rounded trusses of pink with a cream throat appear in early spring. A nice small and compact Rhododendron. Happiest in a semi-shaded position with acid soil. Mulch regularly to keep the surface roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
This compact bush has soft apple-blossom coloured flowers touched with a deeper pink. Leaves are deep forest green. Flowers in September. Plant in dappled light with acid soil and mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Large trusses of bright red bell shaped blooms appear from late winter. Dark green foliage and an erect open habit. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results however 'Cornubia' is known to cope with more sun that many other cultivars. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Large full trusses of striking ruby red flowers appear in spring. Handsome dark foliage and an upright habit make this a Rhododendron to add to your collection. Plant in semi-shade and mulch the roots regularly to keep cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m