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.
Delightful miniature with green tufted foliage and masses of single pink flowers in early summer. A reliable and hardy Azalea that looks great mass planted. Happiest in part shade, mulch the roots well to keep cool in summer. Evergreen.
Deep green closely tufted foliage and large open pure white blooms that smother the bush in summer make this a desirable little shrub. Happiest in well drained acid soil with protection from the afternoon sun. Compact and evergreen. Mulch the root area annually to keep cool.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 30cm x 30cm
Pretty blush pink blooms highlighted with a large golden flare have the added bonus of a sweet perfume. Simply beautiful in early spring. Quite hardy but prefers a sheltered spot in sun or part shade and will do best in deep acid soil. Deciduous.
This evergreen Azalea has double white flowers with a green throat set against fresh green foliage. Happiest in a semi-shaded position where it will make quite a statement in late winter early spring. Very pretty. Prefers acid soil and a nice layer of mulch to keep the roots cool.
Flower Colour: White / Green Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 40cm
This Kurume Azalea has larger flowers than most. The bright cerise red blooms are semi-double and smother the bush in late winter early spring. Happiest in a semi-shaded position in well drained soil. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 80cm x 50cm
Discovered in Japan by the famous plant collector Ernest Wilson this hardy little Azalea has masses of tiny, single, cerise flowers from late winter to early summer. Dense fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter. Prefers a semi-shaded spot and acid soil. Evergreen.
If you like pink then you will love this deciduous Azalea. Gorgeous trusses of semi double flowers in vibrant rose pink smother the bush in early spring. Happiest planted in deep acid soil and prefers a sheltered spot in sun or part shade though is generally quite hardy. Deciduous.
This evergreen Azalea is a real show off with frilly semi-double blooms of hot pink edged with white. It flowers off and on for a long period between March and November. Nice bright green foliage. Generally easy care and easy to grow. Plant in morning sun or dappled shade in acid soil.
Flower Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 70cm x 100cm
This deciduous Azalea will really add the wow factor to the garden in early spring. The frilly textured blooms are a brilliant tangerine/orange and create a simply stunning display. Happiest in deep acid soil and though hardy will do best in a sheltered spot in the garden in sun or part shade.
This little azalea simply masses itself in rose pink blooms over a long period in spring. Very tidy and compact habit. The small bright green leaves become bronze in winter. Top performing plant, happiest with protection from the afternoon sun in soil that is not too dry. Evergreen.