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.
Bottlebrush. If you’re wanting a mid-sized shrub for screening or hedging, or a cluster to catch the eye at the bottom of the garden, Genoa Glory will do the trick. Spring see's it loaded with purple-pink brushes that have a lustre you’d expect to see in a gem. reliable and easy to grow. Clip off the spent flowers in early summer each year. Evergreen
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact multi stemmed Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Bottlebrush. Upright, evergreen shrub, cream green flowers, small leaves, beautiful buds. From the windswept heaths of Tasmania comes this outstanding bottlebrush species with many ornamental virtues. Generous show of creamy flowers in spring, a strongly upright growth habit, soft felty new growth produced from conspicuous cone-like branch buds, and peeling white bark.
Colour: Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
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This spreading prostrate evergreen produces tight clusters of powder-blue flowers. These contrast nicely with the small lime green leaves that are splashed a darker green. This plant needs a well drained warm site in full sun position. Once established it requires little attention other than a light pruning after flowering.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 100cm
A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an arching network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with clusters of tight buds that open out to single bright red flowers. Nice complementary fresh green foliage. Very showy, good for floral art. Easy to grow.
Colour: Red Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an interesting network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with tight clusters of buds that open out to double blooms of soft apricot. The flowers are followed by ornamental fruit that look like small quinces and fresh green foliage.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an arching network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with clusters of chartreuse buds that open out to semi-double blooms of white, tinged with green. Nice complementary fresh green foliage. Very showy, good for floral art.
Colour: Green / White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an interesting network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with tight clusters of buds that open out to exquisite snow white blooms with a tinge of green in the centre. The flowers are followed by ornamental fruits that look like small quinces and rich green foliage.
Colour: White / Green Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Well we can't award this winter flowering shrub the top prize for beauty but we can give it 10 out of 10 for perfume. From mid winter the bare branches are covered in soft yellow flowers with the most delicious fragrance. Picks well so put some in a vase for instant aromatherapy. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Mexican Orange Blossom. This elegant shrub has fine narrow dark green aromatic foliage. In summer pink buds open out to a mass of white starry flowers. Very pretty as a back-ground shrub in the border. Will grow in sun or part shade and is quite undemanding and hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A top rated performance plant for multiple planting, filling in a background or can be used as a low hedge. Glossy deep green leaves are offset by aromatic clusters of white flowers late winter through spring. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or light shade. Evergreen.
The name Mexican Orange Blossom describes the look of the white flowers rather than the perfume as the flowers of this useful shrub are aromatic rather than sweetly perfumed.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m