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.
This elegant shrub bears clusters of fluffy red button flowers starting off greyish white in summer turning to red in autumn. The soft, fine, lime green leaves make a perfect contrast plant in mixed borders and it trims easily to make a neat hedge to 1.5m. Take care to water well until it is established and plant in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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'Graham Blandy' is an upright sort of chap who will always stand up tall and erect in the garden. With a natural columnar habit this Box is perfect for adding an exclamation point to planting schemes. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Ideal for narrow spaces or group together to form a natural screen of green. Perhaps march along the side of a path or drive. A very useful plant for directional planting.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 50cm
A slow growing compact form of Box with a naturally rounded shape. In spring the fresh new growth is shaded a beautiful soft lime green turning to a darker glossy green on maturity. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
'Green Gem' is the perfect choice for a low hedge as it doesn't need as much clipping as other Buxus due to its compact habit. Nice for topiary work too. Though 'Green Gem' is very tolerant and hardy it prefers not to have 'wet feet' in winter - quite understandable, I don't much like wet feet myself!
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A close relative to the European Box but this little sweetie from Asia has leaves which are a little more glossy and rounded than its cousin. The usual dark green for most of the year but in winter the whole plant can take on a bronze tone depending on the temperature. Evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 1m
A delightful little American cultivar of the Korean Box plant. Valued for its dwarf, compact habit it is ideal for low hedging or edging. The leaves are very dainty and a deep glossy green turning to a deep copper shade in winter. Easy to grow. clips well, evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 50cm
This form of Box has a larger leaf than many other varieties hence the name macro = large and phylla = leaf. The glossy green foliage looks good all year round and is particularly attractive in spring. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Clips well, Evergreen.
The perfect little shrub for low formal hedges or topiary work. Equally this Buxus looks good as a stand alone shrub to add substance to the border.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
This form of Box has a larger leaf than many other varieties hence the name macro = large and phylla = leaf. The glossy green foliage looks good all year round and is particularly attractive in spring. Presented here as a topiary ball. Evergreen.
Your topiary Buxus ball can be planted in a container or the garden. Clip regularly to maintain the shape.
The ubiquitous English Box is a versatile and rewarding plant that is easy to grow. The small, stiff, green leaves are perfect for trimming and shaping and always look good at any time of year. This 3 ball topiary specimen can be grown in a container or a special place in the garden. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
The ubiquitous English Box is a versatile and rewarding plant that is easy to grow. The small, stiff, green leaves are perfect for trimming and shaping and always look good at any time of year. Excellent for topiary work. Presented here as a topiary cone.
Bottlebrush. Gorgeous blue-green toned mature foliage with new growth with silver coloured tones due to it's soft hairy texture. Better John Will start flowering mid spring and finish late spring with small red flowers. Requires full sun to part shade and works in sandy to well drained soils. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.9m
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