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.
Lavandula. Commonly known as Spanish Lavender this L. stoechas variety has long stems of large purple flower heads topped off with attractive tufts. Plant in a sunny well drained position and enjoy flowers from spring through to summer. Lightly trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 80cm x 75cm
Lavender Purple King
Expected Stock Height: 15/20 cm ?
New stock expected End of November, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.
Lavandula. Neat and tidy Lavender with fine, green leaves and masses of lilac flowers. Ideal for low hedges, containers or mass planting. Very attractive to bees. Loves the summer heat and is a waterwise plant. Happiest in a sunny, well-drained site. Trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Lavandula. A beautiful upright, bushy lavender. The fragrant flowers are soft grey blue with white wings that are held above silver grey aromatic foliage in Autumn to Spring. Tolerant of light frosts and humid conditions. Stunning and low maintenance. Remove spent blooms after flowering. Evergreen.
Lavandula. A beautiful upright, bushy lavender. The fragrant flowers are deep purple to black with dark purple wings that are held above silver grey aromatic foliage in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Tolerant of light frosts and humid conditions. Stunning, low maintenance Lavender. Evergreen.
Lavandula. Stunning, low maintenance Lavender. Beautiful upright, bushy lavender. Fragrant flowers are cerise pink with rose pink wings and are held above silver grey aromatic foliage in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Tolerant of light frosts and humid conditions. Evergreen.
Lavandula. A beautiful upright, bushy lavender. The fragrant flowers are soft grey blue with clear white wings that are held above silver grey aromatic foliage in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Tolerant of light frosts and humid conditions. Stunning, low maintenance Lavender. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 80cm x 75cm
Lavandula. What a pretty little Princess this Australian bred lavender is with dark pink tufted blooms that appear from spring through to summer. Aromatic grey-green foliage combines well with the flowers. Loves the sun and good drainage and a coiffure after flowering. Evergreen.
The Queen is crowned by vast quantities of dark pink flower spikes with unusually large 'wings' of paler pink which contrast nicely with her pretty grey-green foliage. This is a hardy variety that tolerates both heat and cold and does equally well in garden beds, large pots and rockeries. Evergreen.
More tolerant of dry conditions than other varieties, but will still appreciate a good water during dry spells. Removing spent flower heads with prolong flowering.
Flower Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 60cm x 90cm
Lavender The Queen
Expected Stock Height: 25/30 ?
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Lavandula. Dwarf Lavender. This little sweetie will charm you with its aromatic, fine grey-green foliage and dainty stems of deep purple flower heads which smell delicious. Bred to remain compact. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen. PVR.
Lavandula. An outstanding form of 'English Lavender' with fragrant spikes of iridescent violet blue flowers held on long stems from spring to summer. Neat and tidy aromatic grey-foliage. Use in the border or as a low hedge or just pop one in a pot. Loves the sun and good drainage. Evergreen. PVR.
Trim lightly after flowering.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 70cm x 60cm
Lavender Violet Intrigue
Expected Stock Height: 15/25 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of November, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.