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.
With year round interest, this great little shrub has golden summer tones with splashes of lime green and orange which intensify in the winter. Excellent for small hedges, group plantings or for adding colour contrast. Plant in sun or part shade with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
NZ Native. This form was discovered on cliffs near Hawera. It is a ground hugging native that forms a tight mat of small narrow olive green leaves. Excellent landscape plant for covering large areas of ground. Hardy, tolerant of cold and wind. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 200cm
Native. Set your garden on fire with this outstanding foliage shrub. The rich deep orange, red and pink hues of the summer foliage deepen to deep red for the winter. Very striking. Easy to grow in sun or part shade but best protected from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A great little shrub with glossy dark red foliage that looks good all year round. Use for contrast planting in the shrubbery or as a hedge with a difference. Loves to be clipped. Will grow in sun or light shade, tolerates coastal conditions and light frost. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: Assorted Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
Native. Coprosma Minogue. An excellent and popular groundcover that is tolerant of most conditions. The small narrow leaves are glossy olive green. It is fast growing groundcover for clay banks or steep difficult areas. It also acts as a weed suppressant. Minogue is a vigorous green-leafed cultivar, flatter and neater. Evergreen
Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 200cm
Native. This low growing vigorous Coprosma creates a mat of rich rounded glossy sage green leaves with cream edges and gold coloured stems. It is easily grown in a sunny position and makes an excellent groundcover for banks. Grows in almost any sunny site. Frost, seashore and coastal tolerant. Evergreen.
Habit: Low spreading ground cove Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 180cm
An attractive NZ Native, foliage shrub with small glossy leaves in shades of lemon, lime and green. The colour will intensify in winter. Use as a back-ground plant or for hedging. Easy to grow in most conditions but needs protection from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR SHM252.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2 x 1.2m
Developed for their bold range of year round foliage colour. Margarita features stunning high gloss green leaf with almost black contrasting strip around the margin. Like other Coprosma, cooler weather deepens the foliage colours. An easy care shrub - perfect for pots or in mass for effect. Protect from heavy frost. Evergreen
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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