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.
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
A lovely dwarf shrub of compact, bushy habit that carpets itself in masses of pure white lily-of-the-valley like flowers in the spring. Bronze tinted new foliage makes lovely contrast with the green and white. Requires a moist but well drained acid soil in partial shade. Evergreen
Colour: White Habit: Dwarf compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 80cm
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Tall, slender, upright evergreen shrub with bright red new foliage growth. Clusters of bell-shaped white flowers bloom in spring in a showy display. Makes an excellent colour display as a hedge or foundation shrub. Evergreen
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A special form of Pieris that has large creamy flowers which droop in seductive panicles in spring. New foliage growth emerges with a warm bronze tone and matures to glossy emerald green. Looks really good all year round and is well worth planting in a semi-shaded spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Pieris Temple Bells
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Lily of the Valley Shrub. You will be tickled pink with this lovely little Pieris that has a compact growth habit. The deep green foliage is offset with pretty rose pink flowers in spring. Prefers a semi-shaded spot in acid soil. Looks neat and tidy all year round. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. New foliage emerges a bronze colour and turns green as it ages. In winter clusters of bell shaped dark pink flowers decorate the whole plant. Happiest in part shade and acid soil. Perfect for a pot. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
The pretty clusters of deep blue flowers that appear from spring through to autumn are what makes this shrub so desirable. Happy in sun or part shade, tolerates dry conditions but not harsh frost. Trim lightly to maintain shape. Semi-evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m
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Sweet Pea Shrub. You certainly will be 'dazzled' when this evergreen shrub is in full flower in summer. Bright purple pea like flowers simply smother the green foliage. Likes the sun and light well drained soil to do well. Trim in early spring if required. Easy to grow.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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Sweet Pea Shrub. This evergreen shrub flowers pretty much all year round with vivid purple blooms that look a bit like the blossom of a pea hence the common name. Likes the sun and good drainage to do well but is reasonably tolerant, hardy and adaptable.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m