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.
Yes a Rhododendron with variegated foliage in tones of silver and green - very striking and eye-catching. A strong upright grower that blooms mid spring with pretty light mauve-purple flowers. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
If you like Rhododendrons then it would be criminal not to include this hardy and vigorous cultivar in your collection. Tight trusses of bright carmine pink will put on a wonderful display in early spring. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
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Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 4.5m x 2m
With a name like 'Sneezy' you will not be surprised to learn that this is a dwarf Rhododendron with a low compact habit. The mid spring blooms are soft pink edged with deep pink. Ideal for a semi-shaded spot in the garden or perhaps a container. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm
A compact Rhododendron with interesting green foliage that is slightly "furry". In spring large, waxy, white trumpets of bloom put on a real show. Lovely for a semi-shaded spot in the garden or can be container grown. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1m x 1m
Yakushimanum hybrid with flamboyant pink flower colour. The flower colour is red from bud, later bright pink. This plant is hardy. Lovely long eliptical leaves. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 2m
A very fragrant Rhododendron with white, blushed pink blooms that appear in spring. Tends to have a slightly open habit. Prefers a sheltered position in the semi-shade away from frost. Avoid lime, acid lover. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Bushy Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 80cm
An award winning Rhododendron with handsome dark green foliage that always looks good. The early spring blooms appear in great globular trusses of glowing red with a speckling of black. WOW. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red / Black Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.8m x 1.5m
Large wide green foliage and a vigorous yet compact growth habit. The large foliage is complemented by equally large trusses of ruffled, clear pink flowers that appear mid spring. Lovely. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
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.