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.
An evergreen shrub with a compact but spreading habit. Stunningly fragrant white flowers tinged with pink and yellow staining at the throat. Protect from frosts to protect the flower buds. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Spreading Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.2m x 1.2m
An award winning Rhododendron the dainty dark green foliage and a nice rounded habit. In spring mauve buds open to pure white flowers with a dusting of green in the throat. Very beautiful. The red stems complete the picture. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Lavender Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
A neat and tidy, compact Rhododendron with large trusses of delicate pale lilac flowers in spring. Would be suitable for a container or in front of deciduous trees. Happiest in acid soil with protection from the hot afternoon sun. Mulch the surface roots regularly to keep cool. Evergreen.
A lovely Rhododendron with deep green foliage and a neat and tidy habit. The compact trusses of bloom appear in spring and are in tones of apricot opening to large creamy flowers. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen. Highly recommended.
This is a R. Yakusimanum hybrid which means this Rhododendron will be small and compact apart from the flowers that is which are large and showy. The flowers appear in spring and are toned reddish-purple with a margin of pink. Plant in a container or the garden in a semi-shaded position. Evergreen.
Rhododendron yakusimanum is pronounced R. 'ya-koo-shee-mah-num' just in case you want to give it a go.
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.
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.
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.Evergreen.
Like all Rhodos, prefers semi shade position and moist peat soils.
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2.5m x 2m
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.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 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.