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.
The violet purple, single flowers with bright red stamens make a strong statement in the garden during late winter early spring. Lovely grey-green foliage and spreading bushy habit. Happiest with protection from afternoon sun. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Red is the ideal colour to add some punch to the garden and this perfumed, deciduous Azalea will certainly do that. Luminous clear red blooms with yellow stamens make a strong statement in early spring. Happiest in deep acid soil and a sheltered position in sun or part shade.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Gorgeous large heads of brightest orange-red appear on bare branches in late winter early spring. Plant in a group for maximum impact. Happiest in a sheltered position, mulch regularly to keep roots cool, other than that easy care. Good autumn leaf colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Red / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Frilly single flowers appear in spring in brightest show off red and will certainly attract attention in the garden. Fresh green foliage in summer. Will grow in sun or part shade, prefers deep acid soil for best results. Hardy, deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
This is a really pretty deciduous Azalea with enormous blooms in a soft cream shade with just a gentle glow of pastel pink. The double blooms appear in late spring. Neat and tidy habit. Fresh green summer foliage. Plant in sun or part shade in deep acid soil for best results. PVR.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Azalea Splendens is a solid medium salmon pink coloured Azalea. This is a great hardy ornamental evergreen shrub that produces a beautiful display of flowers which look great planted in bulk in the garden bed. Best positioned in semi shade to full sun with a slightly acid and moist soil. They respond to a regular fertilizing and watering.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Ilam Azalea. This spectacular Azalea has very large, butter-yellow flowers with a vivid orange blotch that open to form a beautiful ball of blooms. A well-branched variety that blooms throughout November. Likes acid soil, so avoid lime and will grow happily in sun or semi shade. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Such a pretty deciduous Azalea with soft apricot, double flowers that appear during November. The flowers are not just easy on the eye your nose will be pleased with the delightful fragrance. Fresh green summer foliage. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained acid soil for best results.
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Fragrant, light pink flowers with pale pink centre and light yellow flare on the upper lobe. A free flowering shrub that provides a big splash of colour in spring. Plant in partial shade in acid soil. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m