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.
Decorative colourful evergreen shrub. Forms a low growing dense mound of rich green leaves. New growth in spring is a colourful red-bronze. Dense panicles of cream waxy flowers cover the shrub in spring. Grows best in good soil that does not get too dry, and semi-shaded site. Hardy to cold.
Colour: Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A special plant for a semi-shaded spot. Fresh bronze young foliage that matures to green. Panicles of fragrant white bell flowers with a hint of rose at the tips make quite a show in spring. Looks good all year round. Happiest in a deep acid soil and semi-shade. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Our Dorothy is a charming shrub with rich green summer foliage that takes on red tones in winter. Deep burgundy flower buds appear in winter and open to fragrant racemes of white bells tinged with pink. Nice compact habit. Plant in semi-shade in acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Lily of the Valley Shrub. An award winning form of this popular spring flowering shrub. The variegated green and white foliage is decorated with panicles of white bell like flowers in spring. New foliage emerges flaming red. Very striking. Likes dappled shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A superb evergreen shrub for a semi-shaded position. New foliage opens red changing to pink and eventually fresh green. In spring drooping panicles of pearly white fragrant flowers make a lovely display. A top plant for year round performance.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Lily of the Valley shrub. This is a vigorous grower with attractive new shoots that are a fiery red maturing to dark green. Pearly white fragrant flowers hang in attractive racemes and appear in spring. Prefers semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Pendulous Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A very compact form of the popular Pieris. The foliage is softly variegated, green with cream margins and a hint of pink. In spring snowy white flower bells decorate the whole plant. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Perfect for a pot. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Lily of the Valley shrub. Gorgeous glossy green foliage with fiery crimson new shoots in spring. Large clusters of fragrant, pure white, bell like flowers hang in pretty racemes from early spring. Lovely background shrub for a semi-shaded spot. Likes acid soil. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Pink Delight will do just that with the masses of charming, pink pendulous buds that open to white fragrant flowers (with a distinctive pink tint) in spring. Fresh green foliage and a neat and tidy compact growth habit. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A well behaved and compact evergreen shrub with neat light green foliage. In spring pendulous racemes of pure white flowers with a gentle fragrance decorate the whole plant. Looks good all year round. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m