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 top performing little shrub with attractive, dainty, variegated foliage. Little white stars of bloom appear on and off almost all year round. Performs well without fuss but prefers protection from harsh frost. Happiest in the sun with good drainage. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
A hardy evergreen shrub with a neat and tidy habit. Small dark green leaves and fragrant creamy-white flowers. Though this cultivar is called 'Rogersii' it is in fact a female plant meaning that you will get a lovely display of red berries after the spring flowering.
Plant with Skimmia 'Rubella' which is a male cultivar to ensure berry production. Yes sometimes girl definitely needs boy!
Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
Male. An outstanding shrub for a shady spot in the garden. Handsome glossy green foliage that looks good all year round. In early spring clusters of creamy white flower heads appear and waft their fragrance through the air. Hardy and easy to grow. RHS AGM. Evergreen.
As this cultivar is a Male it will produce abundant bloom but no berries.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
A valuable little shrub for those difficult shady spots in the garden. Dense dark green foliage and little star shaped, fragrant white flowers in spring. These are sometimes followed by red berries. Prefers rich moist soil and shade. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
If you want a well behaved and rewarding evergreen shrub then it would be hard to go past this delightful little Kowhai. Compact and tidy and completely covered in rich yellow bells in late winter that birds love, especially wax eyes. Looks stunning in a container. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Sophora Dragons Gold
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Sophora Dragons Gold
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You will be delighted with the spring display of this pretty deciduous shrub. Snowy white clusters of flowers completely cover the arching branches just before the leaves appear. The fresh green foliage turns red in autumn. Flowers on previous years wood so take care not to prune too hard.
Colour: White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
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The chestnut brown branches of this unusual deciduous shrub have an open spreading habit. In very early spring they are highly decorated with a myriad of chartreuse-yellow flowers that hang like little bells. Gorgeous picked for a unique floral decoration. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Colour: Green / Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Mother of Pearl. A charming deciduous shrub that is highly valued for the white, flushed pink, marble like berries which weigh down the branches from autumn to winter. Gorgeous for floral decoration. Hardy and easy to grow in the sun or part shade. Green foliage in spring-summer. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Beautiful buds of claret purple open to bright cyclamen pink, double blooms in mid spring. The clusters of flowers are beautifully formed and fragrant. Nice to pick. Plant in sun to light shade in deep well worked soil. Side dress with lime occasionally. Deciduous.
Any pruning should be done immediately after flowering.
Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Syringa Alice Eastwood
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