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.
Species. An unusual little Rhododendron native to China with a low compact habit. The green foliage is dainty and aromatic, the spring flowers are funnel shaped, toned blue-mauve and lightly scented. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch the roots annually to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
This Rhododendron has very attractive soft pink blooms fading to cream with a lovely deep pink frilly edge. NZ raised. Impressive large green foliage. Spring flowering. Plant in a semi-shaded position and mulch regularly to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Rhododendron Ivery's Scarlet is one of the best, large flowering scarlet red rhododendrons. It flowers early to mid season, each flower 4-6 cm across with 12-14 flowers in an enormous flowering truss. Flowers are crimson scarlet with dark brown spots on dorsal lobe. Like all Rhodos, prefers semi shade position and moist peat soils. Evergreen.
Handsome deep emerald green foliage that will tolerate some sun and trusses of bright red blooms that appear in mid spring. Flowers from a young age, robust and hardy. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A nice compact Rhododendron with loose trusses of frilly orange blooms suffused with yellow. The flowers smother the long narrow foliage in mid spring. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil, suitable for container growing. Evergreen.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
This tidy and compact Yakusimanum hybrid has deep pink buds that open to reveal attractive large, mid pink blooms in mid spring. Can be grown in the garden or a container. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Worth planting in the garden for the fragrance alone but you will also be delighted by the pink buds that open out into pretty palest pink-cream blooms in spring. Nice foliage too. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Bred by Bernard Hollard and named for his garden near Kaponga this outstanding Rhododendron will become a firm favourite as long as you love red. Large balls of bright red bloom are borne in profusion around September. Compact habit. Tolerates sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
The buds are buff yellow with a pink flush and the fully open flowers fade out to a cream with a yellow throat and it is also fragrant. The leaves are quite small and slightly hairy and the plant stays well furnished and compact. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Champagne Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0m
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Stunning white flowers, each with a bright yellow speckling
on the petals. October welcomes large trusses stuffed full of bell shaped flowers and dense dark green leaves all year long. Grows wider than it does tall and is a superior choice for mass planting in empty wide open garden spaces, as an informal hedge or as a stunning foundation plant. Acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm