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.
Medium sized, double, creamy white flowers smother this bush completely in the spring. Neat and compact in habit, hardy and reliable, this plant is a real winner. Looks wonderful in groups of 3 or more. Plant in semi-shade and avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 50cm
Rated as one of the finest Kurume Azaleas Princess Maud has rich, cerise pink blooms that make a right royal statement in late winter early spring. Happiest in semi-shade or morning sun. Avoid Lime, evergreen.
Colour: Purple Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
This little Princess has semi-double, frilly, crisp white flowers that appear in spring. Nice compact shrub for a semi-shaded corner of the garden. Can also be container grown. Prefers acid soil, generally hardy and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
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
This is a small flowering evergreen shrub that abounds with stunning colour in spring and again in autumn? Red Ruffle has an elegant, ruffle edged bloom of bright violet red. The bountiful bloom will add beauty and elegance to your favourite spot whether in the garden or in your patio containers. Prefers moist acid soil in a mostly shaded area. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Bushy rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Warm up the garden with the vivid red blooms of this striking evergreen Azalea. Fabulous display from late winter until early summer. Fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter. This one is a stunner for a semi-shaded spot. Prefers and acid soil but generally is easy care and hardy.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
A lovely 'Ilam' hybrid that has silvery-pink flowers with a hint of yellow at the throat. The flowers appear through-out November and sit well in 'quiet' pastel gardens. Plant in sun or semi-shade in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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 that grows to around 1.5 meters. 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: cm x cm