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.
This evergreen Rhododendron flowers in spring with white, flushed light fuchsia purple blooms. Rose-bengal on reverse, in a rounded truss of 15-20 florets. Dark dull green leaves. Vigorous but compact plant. H1m.
Colour: White / Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Delicious deep pink buds open to soft pink blooms with attractive spotting on the throat. A large upright Rhododendron that will put on a lovely display in spring. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Mulch the roots to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Gorgeous large delicate shell pink blooms that are quaintly fragrant. Suitable for most garden situations. Happiest with dappled light. Mulch around the roots annually to keep cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.6m
A deliciously fragrant Rhododendron with elegant white blooms that open from pale pink buds. A real delight for a semi-shaded, sheltered spot in the garden or equally lovely in a container. Needs protection from harsh frost and acid soil to do really well. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Compact and sturdy with glowing violet purple blooms that have a hint of bronze-green in the throat. Flowers in spring and is much admired. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Splendid indeed with royal purple frilled florets that form large decorative trusses towards late spring. The blooms are highlighted with almost black markings in the throat. A strong erect grower that will perform best in a semi-shaded spot. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Black Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Well the name of this Rhododendron is a bit off putting but what it means is that the beautiful large blooms of reddish purple have an attractive central red zone. Nice compact grower and of course handsome green foliage. Plant in semi-shade in acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
Your Rhododendron will appreciate a nice layer of mulch around the surface roots in summer to keep them cool.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
A stunning red Rhododendron with large trusses of up to 18 flowers in cardinal red and a spotted black throat. An excellent shrub for semi shade and prefers moist peat soils. Enjoys a top dressing of peat. Evergreen
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Small trumpet shaped flowers of soft saffron yellow are ideal to bring light into a shady corner. The leaves are long, narrow and quite glossy. Generous with bloom in mid spring. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5 x 1.5m
Narrow foliage in tones of olive green and an open habit. In spring striking blooms of white, blotched with purple-black appear in nice round trusses. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.8m