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
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 1 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
Bottlebrush - Pink. A very pretty shrub with candy-floss pink brush like flowers that appear from spring through to autumn. Birds, bees and butterflies love the flowers. Easy to grow in a sunny spot but needs protection from harsh frost. Trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Delight the birds in your garden with this Australian native that has cheerful flower brushes that are a soft red with pink undertones. The flowers appear in spring and autumn and hold well. Plant in sunny spot, prune back faded blooms to encourage new growth. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Breath of Heaven. Dainty aromatic green foliage and tiny little star shaped flowers in pale pink that appear in late winter-spring. A versatile and easy to grow shrub that doesn't mind a trim every now and then. Likes the sun and good drainage. Tolerates light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
This is a great little shrub that will grow just about anywhere, even dry, windy difficult sites. Narrow green leaves and a 'zig zag' branch pattern certainly add interest as do the bright yellow flowers that appear in spring. Red berries follow the flowers that will attract birds to your garden. Evergreen
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1m
A sweet little evergreen shrub with very fine aromatic foliage. In late winter dainty sprays of white flowers dance amongst the leaves. Very pretty. Trim after flowering to keep compact. Happiest in a sunny position with well drained light soil.
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
Glossy green foliage and delightful single creamy white blooms with a prominent yellow and scarlet eye make this Gardenia very striking. Plant in a semi-shaded, frost free position where you can make the most of the sensuous perfume. Happy in a container. 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 / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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
A tough little Aussie that thrives on neglect. Small grey-green rounded foliage. Distinctive creamy white and red shaggy flowers are produced en mass during winter and spring. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. No need to fertilize, will cope with strong wind and poor soil but not frost.
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
Lace-Cap. 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
Mop Head. 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
A unique little Hydrangea that is slow growing and very compact. The rich pink flower heads sit amongst lush green foliage that forms a tight mound. Perfect for the front of the border, or containers. Tolerant and easy to grow. Side dress with Lime to maintain the pink tones. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.6m x 0.3m
A standard form of the lovely evergreen Holly with deep green foliage that has a purple-blue overtone highlighted by dark purple stems. The small white flowers are followed by red berries if pollination has occurred therefore best planted with Ilex Blue Prince the larger male form.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Standardcm x cm
Topiary Ball. One of the most attractive hollies with tiny leaves that form into a dense shrub. This is a small leafed clone. The fruits are small black and shiny. Ideal for hedging or topiary work. Evergreen.
Fabulous form and foliage make this Holly a useful and desirable plant. Growing naturally in a tight upright column it looks great in containers or can be used as an accent point. Happy in sun or part shade. Small white flowers followed by black berries but these are fairly inconspicuous. Evergreen.
This is also a useful plant where a narrow screen or hedge is required, it will do the job without dominating or becoming a constant trimming problem.
Colour: White Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 0.5m
It forms a wonderful cover and it has a fresh green colour which is reminiscent of lawn. The foliage is very prickly, a common characteristic of many junipers. Most are pretty tolerant with soils, but they dislike a wet environment. Many will take quite alkaline conditions too.It is also often grown as bonsai.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 270cm
A designer's delight. The unique, undulating dark green leaves of this evergreen shrub are thick and leathery and add architectural interest to any planting scheme. Use as a feature plant in the garden or a special container. Outstanding as a hedge. Hardy, compact and easy care. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
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
Often referred to as Firespike this beautiful shrub is native to Mexico and Central America. This herbaceous perennials flowering time is long lasting and should provide glorious red colour until almost Christmas. Dense waxy green leaves with spikes of vibrant-red tubular flowers that can be up to 30cm in length. Perennial
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0m
A top performing little shrub with aromatic evergreen foliage and a nice compact habit. Towards spring little pale red buds appear and open out to a myriad of star shaped white flowers. A nice filler shrub for a warm sunny spot in the border. Prefers good drainage and protection from harsh frost. (AKA Eriostemon)
Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 100cm
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
You'll be delighted with the spring display of this Spiraea. Gorgeous deep pink clusters of flowers cover the arching branches just as the leaves appear. Lovely red autumn colour. Flowers on previous years wood, trim back after flowering to enourage fresh bloom. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
A very attractive evergreen shrub from Australia. The fine foliage is a glossy deep green shade with new growth tinged bronze-red. Makes a very attractive hedge that responds well to clipping. White flowers in summer. Plant in a sunny well drained position and protect from harsh frost.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
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
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