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.
A really pretty Lace Cap Hydrangea with soft powder blue florets that highlight the central head of smaller blue flowers. Nice compact growth habit. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade. To ensure flowers remain blue plant in acid soil or treat with Aluminium Sulphate. Deciduous.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Gorgeous rounded tight 'Mophead' blooms in vivid blue will decorate the garden from summer through to autumn. Nice compact growth habit. Happy in the garden or a container in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Morning sun or part shade. Deciduous.
To ensure that 'Blue Diamond' stays blue plant in acid soil or side dress with Aluminium Sulphate.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
Mophead. Lush fresh green foliage and large rounded heads of cornflower blue will delight in summer-autumn. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in rich acid soil for best results. Side dress with Aluminium sulphate to maintain the blue colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A beautiful 'Lacecap' Hydrangea in tones of blue. The tiny central florets are surrounded by a halo of larger deep blue florets resulting in a large showy flat flower head. To ensure the flowers remain blue must be planted in acid soil or side dressed with Aluminium sulphate. Deciduous.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Mophead A superb sky blue that keeps flowering for months. Pink can be achieved with acidity change also. It is still providing a colourful display in July in Taranaki when most others have long finished and browned off. It is a lovely cut flower variety, the flowers dry well too. Deciduous
Colour: Blue / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Mophead. One of our favourite Hydrangeas. Gorgeous large white flower heads that open from soft lime green buds. Lovely to pick. Best planted in dappled light in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Mophead. Brighten up the shrubbery or flowering border with this Hydrangea that has large round heads of carmine red flowers from summer to autumn. Happiest in morning sun or part shade in nice humus rich soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
To maintain the carmine-red colour of the blooms side dress annually with Lime.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
Fill your garden with low lush foliage and stunning Hydrangea blooms all summer followed by stunning autumn foliage colours. Great for under planting and shady spots for colour and interest. Plant en masse for striking effect. Protect from hot, overhead, summer sun. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Shade Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
Lacecap. AKA 'Hanabi' which is the Japanese name for fire-works and aptly describes the blooms of this gorgeous Hydrangea. The large flattened flower heads have an outer halo of double white florets encircling the dense central zone of smaller, light blue florets. Dazzling! Deciduous.
Best planted in a semi-shaded position in soil that does not completely dry out in summer.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
An unusual double flowered Lacecap Hydrangea with magnificent flower heads in shades of white. The flowers cascade gracefully on slender stems. Easy to grow but will perform its best with protection from the afternoon sun and in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm