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.
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
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This clump forming shrublike bamboo has greenish brown canes and rich dark green leaves that can become bleached at the tips during winter to give a variegated appearance. New canes appear in very early spring. This shrub-like Bamboo does well in pots and prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.5m
Bushy shrub, fast growing with caramel brown flowers from winter to spring. Lancelet tooth edged leaves. Prune lightly but not below the green growth. Full sun in well drained soils. Hardy and frost tolerant. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
A hardy and easy to grow plant with the brightest yellow foliage that appears in spring and is highlighted by coral pink stem tips. In autumn the leaves turn to coral pink and orange. Grows in a natural columnar shape - a great accent plant for sun or part shade. Deciduous. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 30cm
This attractive dwarf Barberry has leaves in tones of purple, mottled silver pink and bright rose. Extremely hardy and easy to grow. Useful to plant as a contrast shrub or where you wish to avoid pet or people traffic. Easy to grow and very hardy. Deciduous.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Beautiful waxy white flowers on long stems in spring and summer. The flowers release their fragrance in the evening. Plant in a sunny sheltered spot in the garden. A great plant for containers. Evergreen.
Brunsfelsia should be pruned lightly after flowering.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
'Graham Blandy' is an upright sort of chap who will always stand up tall and erect in the garden. With a natural columnar habit this Box is perfect for adding an exclamation point to planting schemes. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Ideal for narrow spaces or group together to form a natural screen of green. Perhaps march along the side of a path or drive. A very useful plant for directional planting.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 50cm
A slow growing compact form of Box with a naturally rounded shape. In spring the fresh new growth is shaded a beautiful soft lime green turning to a darker glossy green on maturity. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
'Green Gem' is the perfect choice for a low hedge as it doesn't need as much clipping as other Buxus due to its compact habit. Nice for topiary work too. Though 'Green Gem' is very tolerant and hardy it prefers not to have 'wet feet' in winter - quite understandable, I don't much like wet feet myself!
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Buxus Greenpeace is the perfect evergreen shrub for creating a vertical accent in the garden. Grows in a natural columnar shape and can be used to march along pathways or to emphasize a special corner of the garden. Looks great in a container too. Easy to grow and trims well.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 50cm