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.
Wax Flower. A lovely and well-behaved evergreen shrub that would complement any planting scheme. Aromatic green foliage and a 'Profusion' of little, white, star shaped flowers that open from red buds. Mainly flowers in the spring. Plant in a well drained sunny spot with protection from harsh frost. (AKA Eriostemon)
Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
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: 3.5m x 2m
Photinia Red Robin
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Photinia Red Robin
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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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The 'Flannel Bush' has unusual, fluffy, pom pom flower bracts in shades of cream that sit proudly on top of the strong branchlets making them perfect for picking. Prefers a sunny position and loose open soil that is well drained. Winter flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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. A superb evergreen shrub for a semi-shaded position. New foliage opens red changing to pink and eventually fresh green. In spring drooping panicles of pearly white fragrant flowers make a lovely display. A top plant for year round performance.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
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
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Tall, slender, upright evergreen shrub with bright red new foliage growth. Clusters of bell-shaped white flowers bloom in spring in a showy display. Makes an excellent colour display as a hedge or foundation shrub. Evergreen
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A special form of Pieris that has large creamy flowers which droop in seductive panicles in spring. New foliage growth emerges with a warm bronze tone and matures to glossy emerald green. Looks really good all year round and is well worth planting in a semi-shaded spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m