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.
Bush Germander. A new compact variety of this evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean that loves hot dry spots and does well at the sea-side. Attractive tubular blue flowers are set amongst aromatic silver grey leaves from spring to summer. Makes a fantastic low hedge and clips well. Happiest in light well drained soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Sky Blue Habit: Upright compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
A lovely new Teucrium with beautiful silver foliage with an upright form. Masses of purple flowers through the Spring and Summer. A great plant for hedges and as an alternative to box hedging. A hardy medium sized shrub for any sunny position in the garden. Trim to shape after flowering.
Silver Box is a Trademarked name.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
Attractive low growing shrub from Australia with profuse small pink flowers and fine foliage most of the year. Excellent cut flower. Grows well in full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of moderate frosts and dry situations. Will take summer watering in California. Fast growing. Great container plant.
Colour: Pink Habit: Low sprawling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 150cm
A delightful little evergreen shrub from Australia that has graceful slender stems with tiny narrow foliage. In late winter masses of dainty white flowers put on quite a show for several months. Benefits from a fairly hard trim after flowering. Plant in deep acid soil, avoid lime and harsh frost.
Colour: White Habit: Low sprawling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Glory Bush. Beautiful dark green velvety leaves and lilac coloured flowers in summer and autumn. Frost tender and needs protection from the wind. Will grow well in a sunny spot in the garden. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Tibouchina Blue Moon
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A drop-dead gorgeous shrub in full flower with its royal purple blooms that almost smother the velvety foliage in spring and again in autumn. Needs a sunny sheltered spot with protection from harsh winds and frost to do well. Prefers well drained soil on the acid side. Bred to do well in cooler climates. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Tibouchina Groovy Baby
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Glory Bush. Beautiful dark green velvety leaves and purple coloured flowers in summer and autumn. Frost tender and needs protection from the wind. Will grow well in a sunny spot in the garden. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
The main feature of this lovely shrub is the tight clusters of white flowers which open from pink buds from winter through to spring. The fragrance is delicious and reminiscent of soft baby powder. Mmm! The foliage is dark green above and slightly felted underneath. Semi-evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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A medium sized shrub with a rounded habit, Leaves are oval down and dull green in colour often colouring in the autumn. Rounded clusters of pure white flowers that are pink in the bud open emitting a strong daphne like fragrance in early spring.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2mcm x 1.5mcm
This little shrub forms a wide-spreading compact mound. The dark green leathery leaves that have a pale under-side. Small creamy white flowers in spring are followed by beautiful blue berries that hold through winter and they are really the main feature. Needs male company to produce berries. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 100cm