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.
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
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
White Schame is a small evergreen shrub that has an abundance of white flowers in late winter to spring and a sporodic display again in autumn. Prefers a cool moist position in acid soil so avoid lime for this gorgeous azalea. Evergreen
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Compact bush Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
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
Dense clump-forming bamboo with curving stems clothed with soft, fresh green leaves. An airy, graceful plant suitable for pool-sides, patios, feature gardens. Prefers well-drained soil and is drought tolerant. Although it looks good next to water it does not like wet feet. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
A fast growing erect shrub. The lemon yellow flower are borne within the plant and can be obscured by the foliage. Flowering in Spring. The foliage is decorative in its own right with toothed leaves. Evergreen.
Will tolerate dry periods,strong winds and coastal exposure
Colour: Lemon yellow Habit: Dense Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
A delightful low growing, compact shrub with small dark green leaves that is overwhelmed with a profusion of dainty pink and white bell flowers from October to late November. Shows good frost resistance. Light shade to full sun. Good drainage. Hardy. Prune to tidy if needed after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Low growing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 60cm
Something a little different for those narrow spaces. This ornamental Barberry has a naturally upright columnar habit. Striking wine red leaves that intensify in colour as the weather cools. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0.6m