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 stunning, compact Paniculata Hydrangea that will get smothered in creamy/white flowers throughout Summer. In Autumn the flowers will fade to pink. looks stunning as a specimen in a pot or in drifts, bulk landscaping designs.
To enhance flowering prune hard and feed in early spring.
Paniculata Hydrangea. Candlelight is an upright, hardy, stylish, deciduous shrub with creamy white blooms on deep red stems. As the blooms mature the petals get a light blush of pale pink. Its sturdy dark red twigs are held upright and don’t droop. Autumn foliage is equally impressive. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 150-200cm x 200cm
Paniculata. This brilliant Hydrangea is the reddest of all Hydrangea paniculata varieties. During early summer it unfurls very large heads of white flowers. These flowers gradually turn pink and as summer moves into autumn a spectacular purple shaded red. Deciduous.
It is quite dwarf growing at 120cm tall by 80cm wide.
Flower Colour: Pink / White Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.2m x 0.8m
Paniculata. An award winning Hydrangea with conical clusters of creamy-white flowers that appear mostly in the summer. The fpmresh dark green foliage complements the large blooms. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade in nice humus rich soil for best results. Lovely to pick. Deciduous.
Paniculata. This drop dead gorgeous Hydrangea will delight you with its huge conical panicles of white bloom - up to 50cm long - that appear in summer-autumn. Fresh green foliage. Will grow in sun or part shade and prefers humus rich soil to do well. Certainly has the wow factor. Deciduous.
This Hydrangea blooms on new growth therefore any pruning required should be done in early spring.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 3m
Paniculata. An award winning Hydrangea with large conical flower heads that put on a magnificent display in summer-autumn. Flowers open a fresh shade of chartreuse, then gradually turn cream and finally become a deep smoky shade of pink. Best in humus rich soil, sun or part shade. Deciduous.
As this Hydrangea flowers on the new growth it is best pruned in early spring if in fact any pruning is required. If left to grow to its full potential it will put on a stunning display. Quite fast growing - the bloom colour is reliable regardless of the soil pH.
Flower Colour: Green / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
Paniculata. Sundae Fraise is exceptional for its smaller proportions. It grows well and has a very bushy, semi-upright, well balanced low growth. The red brown stems bear perfect, medium sized panicles. The abundant green and white sterile flowers quickly turn pink. Deciduous.
Flower colour shades can vary according to exposure, climate and type of soil.
Flower Colour: Pink / White Habit: Arching Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.2m x 1.2m
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Mophead. Add a touch of French style to your garden or pots with the large rounded heads of cerise blooms that decorate Hydrangea 'Paris'. Plant in morning sun with adequate moisture. Compact habit. Deciduous. PVR SHM142.
To ensure you maintain the deep pink tones of this Hydrangea side dress with lime annually.
A unique little Hydrangea that is slow growing and very compact. The rich pink flower heads sit amongst lush green foliage that forms a tight mound. Perfect for the front of the border, or containers. Tolerant and easy to grow. Side dress with Lime to maintain the pink tones. Deciduous.
Bright pink, large, rounded flower heads in summer-autumn set against large, lush green foliage. Easy to grow in morning sun or semi-shade. Prefers humus rich soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Side dress with Lime annually to maintain the pink tones. Deciduous.