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.
This selection of Nandina offers a compact and dense growth habit that grows slowly producing bright red new growth that greens on maturity. Very low maintenance plant. Drought tolerant once established. Full Sun. Evergreen
Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 70cm x 70cm
Current Stock Height: 10/15 cm ?
Container: 2.4l ?
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An interesting foliage plant that forms a small compact rounded bush. The leaves which are often crinkled are lime green changing to shades of purple, crimson and orange through winter. Grows with very little fuss and is very tolerant. Looks best group planted in a sunny spot. Evergreen.
This form of Chinese Sacred Bamboo is from the town of Richmond in the South Island. Valued for the beauty of the foliage, stem structure and bright red berries that brighten up dull winter days. Plant in a sunny spot with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
A striking shrub with its dark green foliage and masses of white, very fragrant flowers along slender branches these are very showy. Easy to grow in morning sun or dappled light, prefers acid soil if possible. Responds well to clipping which should be done after flowering.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.2m
Fragrant by name and fragrant by nature. This large shrub or small tree has broad glossy green leaves offset by small cream flowers that sweetly perfume the air from spring to autumn. Plant in sun or part shade in nice rich soil. Do any pruning after flowering. Evergreen.
Variegated false holly. This tough evergreen shrub has bright cream- edged foliage which holds up well in sun or shade. Brighten a shady corner, or set it against a background of dark evergreens. It makes a colourful informal hedge and can be kept in a large container. Once established it will produce tiny, but powerfully fragrant autumn flowers.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.4m x 1.8m
A top performing little evergreen shrub with dainty glossy green foliage and a profusion of highly fragrant little white flowers that appear in winter. Easy to grow in morning sun or dappled light, prefers acid soil is possible. Responds well to clipping which should be done after flowering. PVR.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.2m x 1m
Osmanthus Pearly Gates
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A dramatic, cold hardy evergreen shrub has green holly-like leaves that first emerge deep purple on new growth. An incredibly tough plant that produces deliciously fragrant small white flowers in autumn. Easy to grow in morning sun/dappled light, prefers acid soil if possible.
Responds well to clipping which should be done after flowering.
Rice Flower. Masses of papery upright flowers from late Winter through to Spring the flowers are beautifully offset by the bright mid green foliage and stems of the bush. Flowering in small flowers in tones of mauve pink this is an easy care, medium size shrub that is drought tolerant. Evergreen.
Prune when young to premote a compact habit and prune heavily after flowering once plant is established.
Rice flower. An excellent plant that is great for picking and flower arranging. Masses of papery upright flowers from late Winter through to Spring. Almost purple buds opening to rich pink flowers. Plant full sun. Prune hard after flowering.
Harvest in full bud before the flowers open. Do not put in water. Dry in a cool dry place and use in dried flower arrangement or bouquets.