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.
When this gorgeous Rhododendron is in flower you won't be able to keep your eyes off the simply magnificent, showy white trusses margined with pink. Strong and vigorous with an upright habit. Happiest in acid soil in dappled shade. Mulch the surface roots regularly to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Lord Roberts is a handsome gentleman who has won an AGM for his good looks and top performance. Large ball shaped trusses of bright cerise red blooms splashed with deep maroon in the throat. Plant in a semi-shaded position and mulch regularly to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Species. Bronze-green foliage, decorative papery bark and very fragrant blooms that appear in late spring. The blooms are trumpet shaped and toned cream with a flush of pink. Prefers a semi-shaded sheltered spot and acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Bronze-green foliage, decorative papery bark and very fragrant blooms that appear in late spring. The blooms are trumpet shaped and pure white. Prefers a semi-shaded, sheltered spot and acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Rhododendron maddenii virginalis
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Sumptuous fat buds of golden yellow open to reveal exquisite large blooms in a soft lemon-cream shade. Just gorgeous - no wonder Micheal was proud. Nice green foliage. Plant in semi-shaded, sheltered position in acid soil for best results. Tolerates light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A NZ Hybrid with long pale green foliage and dense trusses of creamy white flowers that open from pink buds. The flowers have a hint of yellow spotting in the throat. Upright bushy habit. Flowers appear around October. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.8m
A vigorous and reliable Rhododendron with large trusses of snowy white flowers with a hint of brown speckling in the throat. Flowers in spring. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil and mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
The blush pink, edged with lavender and heavily spotted chestnut-brown, funnel-shaped flowers are borne in huge, pyramidal trusses of up to 12 during mid to late spring. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 0m