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.
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
Ake Ake. A no fuss evergreen foliage shrub that can be used for hedging or background planting. The slightly wavy leaves are shaded purple and bronze and will have better colour if not over-fed or pampered. Will grow just about anywhere except full shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m
Are you looking for a nice low bright green hedge plant that is easy to grow and clips and shapes well? If so then little "Emerald Gem" is the plant for you. The foliage remains small, dainty and glossy. Tolerant of just about any soil or planting position.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Add some romance to your garden with this beautiful Gardenia that has very fragrant double, waxy white blooms from autumn through to summer. Glossy green foliage and an upright habit. Plant in semi-shade in nice rich acid soil with protection from frost. Great container plant. Evergreen.
Gardenias are gross feeders - meaning that like me they like lots of tucker. Regular liquid feeding will keep them healthy and happy or side dress with slow release fertilizer.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A spreading dwarf form of the eternally popular Gardenia. Covers itself in a mass of sweetly fragrant flowers from late spring to summer. Ideal as a container plant or use as a ground cover in a warm, frost free position in the garden. Will respond well to regular liquid feeding. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
Native. This little mountain Hebe has a somewhat prostrate spreading habit and is an ideal rockery plant. The little leaves are rounded and grey green. White flower spikes appear from spring through to autumn. Needs a sunny spot and well drained to dry soil. Quite hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 100cm
This native Hebe can be found growing naturally in Taranaki and around Westport. It has bright green leaves and racemes of pretty white flowers that appear in spring-summer. Very pretty and graceful. Easy to grow in well drained soil, sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Native. Narrow fresh green foliage that looks good all year round and dainty sprays of pale mauve to white flowers from spring to summer. Happy in the sun with well drained soil. Lightly prune after flowering. Originated near the Wairau Falls from Whangarei. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Native. An evergreen Hebe which is considered to be one of the best. Hardy and compact with dainty fresh green foliage and short spikes of white flowers which completely smother the plant from late spring through until summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Considered to be very disease resistant.
The 'Wiri' series of Hebe have been bred, selected and named by Jack Hobbs of Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 80cm
Lacecap. Gorgeous, large, white flowers that have a halo of showy florets surrounding the densely packed centre of smaller florets. Dark green tapered leaves complement the flowers nicely. Plant in semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Mophead. A special Hydrangea with unusual black stems and dark green foliage. Rounded pink blooms top off the stems in summer-autumn making for a unique and interesting combination. Plant in morning sun or dappled shade. Deciduous.
Side dress with Lime annually to maintain flower colour.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Narrowleaf English Holly is a dense multi stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit. It's relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with it's attractive dark green foliage, smooth bark, spiny narrow leaves which remain dark green through the winter and it's abundance of magnificent red berries in late fall. Prefers moist, well drained and acid soils.
Well you will be 'plum delighted' with this fabulous foliage shrub that looks good all year round. The neat oval leaves are a rich bronze maroon shade, in spring shaggy bright pink flowers start to appear and decorate the somewhat pendulous branches. Grow in the sun or part shade. Evergreen.
AKA 'The Fringe Flower' Loropetalum is in the same family as 'Witch Hazel'. It has quite a broad habit but responds well to trimming if you wish the shrub to have a more rounded shape.
Colour: Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2.5m
Philadelphus Birchlands (sweet mock-orange, English dogwood) is a deciduous flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae, native to Southern Europe. Toothed leaves and bowl-shaped, white, fragrant flowers arrive en masse in spring and cover the arching branches. Deciduous
Rosemary. A classic culinary herb suitable for use in all manner of dishes but especially with lamb. Attractive aromatic foliage and pretty blue flowers that appear mostly in summer. Use as a herb, ornamental shrub or for hedging. Prefers the sun and good drainage. Bees love it. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m
An attractive evergreen Viburnum has year round interest. The foliage is variegated cream and green, pink flower buds open to white flowers in winter and these are followed by blue-black berries. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Quite happy to have a trim now and then. Hardy.
In really hot gardens this shrub would probably be best with afternoon shade.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
It all starts in spring with creamy white flower heads. These are followed by bright red berries that hold well into winter after leaf fall. The fresh green leaves are attractively lobed and colour exceptionally well in autumn. All together an excellent, highly ornamental shrub. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m