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.
Semi-evergreen shrubby perennial that hails from South Africa. The tall straight stems of aromatic foliage are topped off in summer and autumn with whorls of bright orange, furry, tubular flowers. Very striking. Plant in the sun in well drained rich soil for best results. Protect from frost. Semi-evergreen.
Leonotis or as it is commonly known 'Lion's Ear' will tolerate dry periods once it is established. Can be grown in coastal conditions. Cut back stems quite hard after flowering.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1m
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This small, upright, evergreen shrub is at its most delightful in winter when the flower bracts are a gorgeous shade of warm cream. Just lovely in a vase. Happiest in a sunny well drained position in acid soil. Protect from harsh frost.
Avoid fertilisers but will respond well to compost or peat.
Colour: Cream / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A stunning Leucadendron that looks good all year round. Stems of brilliant flame red flower bracts make a real statement and are irresistible for picking. Deserves a prominent position in a warm sheltered spot in the garden. Prefers acid soil and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Leucadendrons are low nutrient plants i.e. they don't like a lot of fertilizer especially those with nitrogen and phosphate. If in doubt leave it out.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
A designer's delight. The unique, undulating dark green leaves of this evergreen shrub are thick and leathery and add architectural interest to any planting scheme. Use as a feature plant in the garden or a special container. Outstanding as a hedge. Hardy, compact and easy care. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Bushy evergreen shrub with tiny oval deep green leaves. Small creamy white fragrant flowers in summer. Often used as a faster growing Box substitute. Ideal for topiary work and very effective for hedging. Fast growing and hardy.
If you want to quickly establish a nice compact low hedge then this is the plant for you. Lonicera needs a little more clipping than Box but it is very easy to maintain. When used for hedging or topiary then the flowers and fruit will be non existent.
Colour: Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 3m
An attractive, spreading form of Lonicera with fresh bright green new leaves slowly turning to a deeper green upon maturity. The cream flowers are fragrant and are followed by clusters of violet berries. Easy to grow in most conditions. Clips well, ideal for topiary. Evergreen.
Lonicera pileata is best treated as a foliage shrub and with its low spreading habit it is good to use as a background plant for banks and borders as well as Topiary. Tolerant of coastal conditions.
Colour: Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 250cm
Blonde N Gorgeous is a must-have evergreen plant for your garden. Stunning white tassel flowers abound In spring and autumn while year round olive green foliage is highlighted by coppery coloured growth tips in spring and summer. It's pendulous form provides substance and style to any garden. Happy in either sun or part shade and dry tolerant once established. Low Maintenance. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Dense domed Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Loropetalum Blonde N Gorgeous
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