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.
A very popular Rhododendron and deservedly so as it is 'Uniquely' beautiful. Fat bright pink buds open to large blooms of rich cream, which, are so numerous, they almost smother the foliage. Nice rounded habit. Flowers mid spring. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Very showy, large, well formed trusses of pastel mauve-pink will delight in mid spring. A strong vigorous grower with a tidy habit. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil and mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
In spring, compact trusses of pink flowers open from deep apricot buds. The flowers mature to salmon-yellow with a crimson blotch. Long pointed evergreen foliage. Good strong healthy growth and a compact habit. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil.
Colour: Pink / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Handsome dark green foliage, a broad rounded habit and ravishing red blooms in spring. The flowers present themselves in large domed trusses. Sensational.
Will tolerate some sun but best in dappled light with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
An absolutely stunning Rhododendron with large, long green leaves topped off with huge trusses of satin pink flowers with a white under-tone. Magnificent in full bloom. Plant in a semi-shaded position in acid soil, mulch regularly to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
As a point of interest there are many in the Rhododendron world consider this to be the same as 'Lems Monarch' - whatever the name it is still a beautiful and stunning Rhododendron.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 2m
Unusual soft apricot-orange blooms that are attractively blotched with a deeper tone of the same shade. Each bloom is edged in red. Would look great in a terracotta pot or equally at home in a semi-shaded part of the garden. Mulch the roots regularly to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: .9m x .9m
Scintillating large blooms of deep burgundy-red are set against long flat leaves of deep green. Blooms late spring. Plant in a semi-shaded spot in acid soil for best results. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Attractive reddish flower buds followed by beautiful rosy-cerise flowers which are bright and glowing. Very free flowering in spring. Compact habit with attractive, small pointed foliage that has coppery tones when young. Prefers semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
A charming little Rhododendron that is slow growing and compact in habit. The rose pink buds open to a softer shade of pink and fade to white as they mature. Long oval leaves that curve inwards with a soft 'felt' underside. From the Japanese Island of Yakushima. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 45cm
An outstanding Rhododendron with gorgeous blooms that appear mid spring. Coral pink buds open to frilly, waxy blooms made up of a mass of lemon, bell-shaped flowers. Glossy green foliage and a nice compact habit. Must have! Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m