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.
Kiwi Anniversary. White hose in hose flowers, on a compact tidy bush, evergreen, that prefers to be grown in dappled light where soils are moist, free-draining, slightly acidic and with plenty of organic material. Evergreen Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 50cm x 70cm
A superior deciduous Azalea with fragrant golden-yellow blooms that appear in spring. The new foliage is bronze-green and shows good disease resistance. Nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Plant in sun or part shade in deep acid soil.
This little evergreen Azalea is also known as 'Butterfly Dance' and when you see it completely smothered in deep pink blooms in spring you can understand why. Fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter. Easy to grow in a semi-shaded position in acid soil. Group plant for impact.
This small deciduous Azalea is a real sweetie with softest pink blooms that have a flare of cream and delicate orange. Beautiful in very early spring. Happiest in deep, free draining, acid soil In sun or part shade.
Southern Indica. Mardi Gras is a low, spreading Belgian Indica azalea which produces the striking colours of white background with red stripes and flashes coming from the centre. The masses of bi coloured blooms are eye catching to say the least.
Flower Colour: White / Red Habit: Bushy Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 80cm x 80cm
A NZ bred Hybrid with large frilly trusses of bloom in brilliant orange tones. The blooms are lightly scented. Provides a spectacular display in spring. Fresh green summer foliage and nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in sun or semi-shade in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Brown / Orange Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.2m
If you like yellow you will love this deciduous Azalea that has glowing spring blooms in tones of lemon and saffron yellow all highlighted with an apricot flare. The blooms have the added bonus of being lightly scented. Happiest in deep acid soil in sun or part shade. Bred in NZ. Deciduous.
An outstanding deciduous Azalea that produces large, luscious, vivid golden-orange blooms with a yellow flare. The blooms are scented and appear in early spring. Plant in a sheltered position and mulch the roots regularly to keep cool. Happy in sun or part shade. Good autumn colour.
A compact little Azalea with bright pink open blooms that are edged with white. The peak flowering time is spring though there is often a smattering of blooms in autumn. Neat dark green foliage and a compact habit. Prefers a semi-shaded position and acid soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 60cm
Mrs Kint is at her best in spring when she decorates her dainty dark green foliage with beautiful single red blooms. Happiest in light shade. Nice compact plant which could be used for a low hedge in a shady part of the garden. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 60cm