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.
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.
An unusual and attractive Hydrangea hybrid that has dark green leaves and stems with a hint of purple. The summer flowers are large, round and in tones of rose pink deepening in tone as they age. Plant in morning sun or dappled shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Large mid- pink '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.
Oak Leaf Hydrangea - Dwarf. Fabulous foliage in spring-autumn and brilliant big bold heads of creamy white blooms from summer to autumn. The large lobed spring-summer foliage is fresh green but turns deep wine red in autumn and holds well into winter. Plant in semi-shade. Deciduous.
Though this Hydrangea is more tolerant of dry conditions than most it still should not be in soil that completely dries out in summer.
Flower Colour: White / Cream Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 80cm
Oak Leafed Hydrangea. This is just a gorgeous top performing deciduous shrub. The deeply lobed green leaves turn orange-scarlet in autumn and hold well into winter. In spring, delicious large, clusters of cream flowers appear and these also hold well. Hardy and easy to grow.
This Hydrangea will tolerate drier conditions than many of the 'Mop-Head' Hydrangeas.
Flower Colour: Cream / White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
Hydrangea Quercifolia Snowflake
Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
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Hydrangea Quercifolia Snowflake
Expected Stock Height: 20/30 cm ?
New stock expected Spring, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price $29.99. Payment on order.
Pretty in pink this compact Hydrangea has large Mophead 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 which loosely translated means "Bloody Marvellous".
Lacecap. Gorgeous, large flattened flower-heads made up of tiny pale pink flowers in the centre, surrounded by an outer ring of rich rosy red florets. Glossy green foliage completes the picture. Plant in morning sun or part shade, side dress annually with Lime to maintain the pink tones. Deciduous.
This Hydrangea is AKA Rotschwarz.
Flower Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Mophead. The most requested blue Hydrangea for a good reason. The large mid-blue rounded flower heads look stunning in the garden or a vase. Plant in morning sun, water regularly in summer and side dress with aluminium sulphate to maintain flower colour. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Hydrangea Renate Steiniger
Current Stock Height: 30/35 cm ?
Container: 4.5l ?
Hydrangea Renate Steiniger
Expected Stock Height: 35/50 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of November, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.