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.
Azalea “Splendens” is a solid medium salmon pink coloured Azalea that grows to around 1.5 meters. This is a great hardy ornamental evergreen shrub that produces a beautiful display of flowers which look great planted in bulk in the garden bed. Best positioned in semi shade to full sun with a slightly acid and moist soil. They respond to a regular fertilizing and watering.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Such a pretty deciduous Azalea with soft apricot, double flowers that appear during November. The flowers are not just easy on the eye your nose will be pleased with the delightful fragrance. Fresh green summer foliage. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained acid soil for best results.
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Fragrant, light pink flowers with pale pink centre and light yellow flare on the upper lobe. A free flowering shrub that provides a big splash of colour in spring. Plant in partial shade in acid soil. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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Glossy fresh green foliage and masses of pink single flowers that appear in late spring. An easy to grow little shrub that has a nice compact habit. Plant in morning sun or part shade in acid soil for best results. Mulch around the roots in summer to keep them cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
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Container: 3l ?
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Fragrant fire-balls of brilliant orange-red decorate this deciduous Azalea in spring just as the new foliage emerges. Use to add a 'punch' of colour to planting schemes. Happiest in sun or semi-shade with deep acid soil. Can be grown in a container as long as you remember to water regularly.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5 x 1m
Current Stock Height: 40/50cm ?
Container: 3l ?
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Glowing, ruby red, single blooms smother the glossy green foliage of this lovely Kurume Azalea in late winter early spring. The foliage has a reddish-purple tinge in winter. Happiest in a semi-shaded position. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Gorgeous large heads of brightest yellow appear on bare branches from early October to November. Plant in a group for maximum impact. Happiest in a sheltered position in sun or part shade, mulch regularly to keep roots cool, other than that easy care. Good autumn leaf colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
An early spring show-off with large, trusses of golden yellow blooms highlighted with orange and apricot tones. All this and perfumed as well. Fantastic! Happiest in deep acid soil in sun or part shade. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m