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.
Hebe. Attractive compact growing bush that produces rose purple flowers from mid autumn to mid spring. Prefers open position and benefits from removal of spent flowers to maintain size and shape and encourage repeat flowering. Evergreen.
Evergreen Hebe which is considered one of the best. Hardy, compact with dainty fresh green foliage and short spikes of white flowers which completely smother the plant from late spring through until summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Very disease resistant.
The 'Wiri' series of Hebe have been bred, selected and named by Jack Hobbs of Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 50cm x 80cm
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A lovely deciduous form of Hibiscus tolerant of winter cold. The large single mauve flowers appear in summer and are highlighted with a red central eye. Very pretty in full flower. Prune after flowering to keep compact. Tolerant of most garden conditions but happiest in the sun. Deciduous
Flower Colour: Lavender / Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
A beautiful, summer flowering, deciduous shrub perfect for those of you who love white. Tight buds unfurl to reveal large, glistening white, single blooms set against fresh green foliage. Plant in a sunny spot and prune after flowering if required. A firm favourite of mine.
This shrub is ideal for placing mid-border or if you wish enjoy as a container plant.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 1.5m
A really pretty deciduous Hibiscus with tight buds that open to reveal pale pink double flowers with a red central eye. The flowers appear from summer through to autumn and are set against fresh green foliage. Tolerant and easy to grow but happiest in a sunny spot. Deciduous
If you want a 'Snowdrift' in summer to cool you down then this is the shrub for you. Purest white semi-double flowers set against fresh green foliage. Flowers summer to autumn and is very pretty and showy. Tolerant and easy to grow but happiest in the sun. Does well in a container. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
Leaves with a white line between yellow centre and blue edge. Full Monty is a large Hosta with lavender flowers that grows in half shade/shade. Hostas perform best when grown in moist soil with protection from afternoon sun. Clumps will become more dramatic each growing season. Deciduous perennial.
Striptease has a very unusual “lightening strike” of white running around and through the lime green centre. The dark green leaves are centred with a bright chartreuse that fades during summer to a light green. The strip of pure white sometimes doesn't appear until plants are mature. Perennial
Mophead. Tall growing with large rounded flower heads in crisp white, this highly rated Hydrangea will do best in semi-shade where the flowers will age to an attractive green tone. Plant in humus rich soil that does not completely dry out in summer for best results. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White / Green Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
Large hot pink to purple 'Mophead' flowers appear from summer to autumn offset by glossy green foliage. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Colour may vary depending on soil type. Deciduous.