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.
Bottlebrush - Pink. A very pretty shrub with candy-floss pink brush like flowers that appear from spring through to autumn. Birds, bees and butterflies love the flowers. Easy to grow in a sunny spot but needs protection from harsh frost. Trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Bottle Brush. A spreading low growing form of this popular Australian shrub. During the summer it smothers itself with bright red 'bottle brush' flowers that are tinged with gold. Loves hot dry areas and happy on the coast. Quite drought tolerant once established. Evergreen.
Members of the Callistemon family or 'Bottle Brush' as they are commonly known do not like too much fertilizer. The safest way to give them some nutrients is with a slow release product but remember in this case 'less is more'.
Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 100cm
Callistemon Rocky Rambler
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Bottlebrush. Upright, evergreen shrub, cream green flowers, small leaves, beautiful buds. From the windswept heaths of Tasmania comes this outstanding bottlebrush species with many ornamental virtues. Generous show of creamy flowers in spring, a strongly upright growth habit, soft felty new growth produced from conspicuous cone-like branch buds, and peeling white bark.
Colour: Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
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A hardy sun-loving ground cover with rich blue pin-cushion type flowers that literally cover the plant. Prefers a sunny site in soil with good drainage. Tolerates some coastal exposure. Trim after flowering to retain density. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 100cm
An attractive spreading evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
This is a very useful shrub for cascading over walls and banks. Benefits from a trim every now and then (after flowering) to encourage healthy new growth. Very striking in full flower.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 150cm
Std. An attractive evergreen shrub which features sparkling clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring. The shiny foliage turns a deeps ebony shade during winter, changing to dark chocolate-green during spring and summer. Quite hardy and tolerant of wind and cold. PVR 1334.
Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Ceanothus Blue Sapphire Std
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When this evergreen shrub is in full flower in spring it is hard to see the foliage amongst the brilliant blue flower heads. Stunning. The foliage is dark green and has a neat and tidy habit. Likes the sun and protection from harsh wind and frost. Trim after flowering if required.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an interesting network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with tight clusters of buds that open out to double blooms of soft apricot. The flowers are followed by ornamental fruit that look like small quinces and fresh green foliage.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an arching network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with clusters of buds that open out to bright little blooms of vibrant orange adding colour to dull winter days. Green summer foliage. Easy to grow.
Colour: Orange Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Well we can't award this winter flowering shrub the top prize for beauty but we can give it 10 out of 10 for perfume. From mid winter the bare branches are covered in soft yellow flowers with the most delicious fragrance. Picks well so put some in a vase for instant aromatherapy. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m