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 Fijian Hibiscus that is vigorous growing and loves a warm sunny position that is well drained. With its double, clear pink flowers late Spring through Summer it will look stunning in the garden at home or the beach. Can also be grown in a decent size container on the deck. Deciduous
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.
Mophead. An strong growing upright Hydrangea with large round pink flower heads from summer through to autumn. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in nice rich soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Side dress annually with Lime to maintain pink tones. Deciduous.
This Hydrangea hails from the USA and is commonly known as the 'Smooth Hydrangea' because of the thin soft heart shaped leaves. Large heads of white flowers open from green buds in summer. The flowers turn green again as they age. Needs a semi-shaded position. Deciduous.
'Annabelle' is very hardy and will flower well even if cut back quite hard each year. Ensure your soil does not completely dry out in summer for best results. The flower heads are poised gracefully on the tips of the branches and this Hydrangea looks simply stunning in full flower.
Flower Colour: White / Green Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.8m x 2m
Mophead. The flower colour of this Hydrangea is quite unusual with tones of lilac, blue and dusky pink. Very striking in full flower and lovely to pick. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Lavender / Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 2m
Lacecap Hydrangea. Stunning Hydrangea with large flat flower heads made up of deep blue florets that surround the tiny central flowers that are in turn a deeper shade of blue. Nice glossy green foliage sets the flowers off. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in rich acid soil. Deciduous.
To ensure that 'Blaumeise' stays blue plant in acid soil, side dress with Aluminium Sulphate.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm
Pretty in pink this compact Hydrangea has large 'Mop Head' flowers of deep 'crushed raspberry' pink. Lush foliage with bronze-maroon overtones. Grow in morning sun in soil that is not too dry. Side dress with lime to maintain the pink colour. Deciduous. AKA Merveille Sanguine or Raspberry Crush.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 60cm