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.
Fringe Flower. What a pretty and easy to grow shrub this is. Attractive dark green foliage with bronze tones when new complemented in spring-summer with creamy white 'fringed' flowers. Grow in well drained soil, sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Cream Habit: Arching Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m
Well you will be 'plum delighted' with this fabulous foliage shrub that looks good all year round. The neat oval leaves are a rich bronze maroon shade, in spring shaggy bright pink flowers start to appear and decorate the somewhat pendulous branches. Grow in the sun or part shade. Evergreen.
AKA 'The Fringe Flower' Loropetalum is in the same family as 'Witch Hazel'. It has quite a broad habit but responds well to trimming if you wish the shrub to have a more rounded shape.
Plum Gorgeous is the deepest and darkest coloured foliage of any Loropetalum on the market, and retains its colour all year round. It’s interesting that this fact is seen as a greater attribute than the hot pink tasseled flowers it has through the spring and summer. Maybe foliage is the new flower when it comes to colour.
Great in pots. Good for clipping
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size (HxW): 100cm x 150cm
A groundcover with some bang. With its dwarf size and weeping habit, Purple Pixie is great as a ground cover but can also add vibrant colour to containers. Showy pink flowers and rich purple foliage all season. Evergreen
An attractive and easy care shrub with arching branches. The dainty foliage that has tones of bronze, burgundy and olive green. In spring and summer dark pink 'fringed' flowers appear and these carry a pleasant fragrance. Easy to grow in sun or part shade, prefers well drained soil. Evergreen.
A beautiful foliage shrub that has deep burgundy leaves and new red growth, looks good all year round. In spring shaggy bright pink/red fringe flowers start to appear and decorate the somewhat pendulous branches. Grow in the sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Not only is this shrub exquisitely beautifully it is also powerfully fragrant. Large, lush, green foliage with large showy flower heads of soft white blushed pale pink that emit a fragrant in autumn-winter. Must have evenly moist, free draining soil and a frost free position. Evergreen.
A more rare and unusual shrub.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 2.5m x 2.5m
Luculia Fragrant Pearl
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This shrub is exquisitely beautifully it has a powerful fragrant. Large, lush, green foliage that has bronze overtones in winter and large showy flower heads of mauve-pink in autumn-winter. Must have excellent drainage and a frost free position. Likes a semi-shaded position. eg woodlands.
Though technically evergreen Luculia does tend to drop quite a few leaves in cold winters. If at all possible protect from all but the lightest of frosts. Can be cut back reasonably hard to maintain a tidy shape.
Native. With attractive glossy, green foliage and round spreading habit it is unique yet beautiful with orange-scarlet tufted blooms that appear in summer. Tolerant of harsh conditions and poor soil but doesn't like frost. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 10m x 10m
Native. Metrosideros perforata is a climber growing up 15 m high but will grow as a bushy shrub when nothing is found to climb. Usually found flowering at the top of trees in our native bush. In mid summer it has masses of white flowers from white buds. The small white flowers are carried in small clusters. Coastal hardy. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Climbing Mature Size (HxW): 15m x 0m