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.
Hybridum Chinese Lantern. There is something about the bright pink 'lantern' blooms of this evergreen shrub that is particularly appealing, perhaps they just combine so well with the evergreen foliage or they just look so bright and cheerful nearly all year round. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Abutilon respond well to a bit of a hard-prune every now and then to keep a nice compact shape. Make sure you use nice sharp secateurs and prune on a dry warm day.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Hybridum Chinese Lantern. What a fantastic evergreen shrub this is with non stop flower power and and so easy care. Will grow in the sun or part shade and responds well to a good chop back every now and then. Bright orange lantern flowers look festive amongst the dark green foliage. Can be container grown.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Hybridum Chinese Lantern. What a fantastic evergreen shrub this is with non stop flower power and and so easy care. Will grow in the sun or part shade and responds well to a good chop back every now and then. Hot red lantern flowers combine well with the green foliage. Suitable for containers.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Hybridum Chinese Lantern. What a fantastic evergreen shrub this is with non stop flower power and and so easy care. Will grow in the sun or part shade and responds well to a good chop back every now and then. Sunny yellow lantern flowers decorate the dark green foliage. Suitable for containers.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Lemon Verbena. This rather open and rangy shrub will not win you over with its looks but it will wow you with the delicious aromatic fragrance that is emitted from the foliage when it is bruised or crushed. Likes good drainage and the sun. Protect from harsh frost. Deciduous.
Give this plant a good tidy up every now and then with sharp secateurs - it will respond well. Small sprays of pale lavender flowers appear in summer but it is really the foliage that makes this shrub desirable.
This clump forming shrublike bamboo has greenish brown canes and rich dark green leaves that can become bleached at the tips during winter to give a variegated appearance. New canes appear in very early spring. This shrub-like Bamboo does well in pots and prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.5m
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Gorgeous shrub with fragrant flowers that open deep violet and gradually change to lavender and then white. In full flower you will find it hard to see the green foliage! Needs a sunny well drained spot with protection from frost. Evergreen.
Brunsfelsia should be pruned lightly after flowering.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Callistemon Slim is a unique variety with a narrow growth habit producing a slimline upright form with the usual classic large red bottlebrush flowers. Ideal for fence lines or narrow gardens. Likes a sunny position with moist, well-drained soils. Hardy, adaptable, soil tolerant and occasional water-logging. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.2m
Bluebeard. Dark Knight has gorgeous fragrant deep purple flowers that appear at the end of Summer. This variety is more upright and densely branched than other Bluebeards. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
A top rated performance plant for multiple planting, filling in a background or can be used as a topiary standard. Glossy deep green leaves are offset by scented clusters of white flowers late winter through spring. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or light shade. Trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
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Morning Glory Bush. One of the best silver foliage shrubs available. Looks fabulous planted in a group. Pure white open trumpet flowers produced en masse from summer through to autumn. As with most grey foliage plants happiest in sunny position with good drainage. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 100cm
NZ Native. Coprosma Prostrata has little shiny green leaves and makes an attractive groundcover. Great for those tough spots in the garden. Hardy and tolerant of dry conditions. Plant in full sun. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
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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 gorgeous evergreen shrub with deep green, glossy foliage and delicious double creamy white blooms with a heady exotic fragrance. Happiest in semi-shade and well drained acid soil. Gardenias are gross feeders and respond to regular liquid feeding. Protect from frost.
'True Love' is the perfect plant to give to that someone special as the name says it all. In full flower this exotic shrub is quite breath taking. Grows happily in a container - place where you can make the most of the perfume.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Native. A selected form of the ever popular and versatile Griselinia. Small glossy green foliage with undulating edges looks good all year round and 'Alpine' has a nice compact habit and high tolerance to just about any conditions including coastal. Fast growing - evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Native. This is a fabulous evergreen shrub that really comes into its own when used as a hedge. Gorgeous green polished leathery leaves, a tidy well groomed appearance and a tolerance for just about any conditions including coastal make this an invaluable landscaping plant. Clips well.
This hebe was developed by a Waikato Nursery as part of the Regal Series of Hebes and named for the Duchess of Cambridge. New leaf shoots are burgundy red in colour, maturing to deep olive green. Masses of purple flowers develop through summer. PVR eligible.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
Bred in the Waikato as part of the Regal series. Hebe Charlotte is the newest member of the family with glossy green foliage and topped with pretty pink flowers through the summer months. A hardy NZ native. PVR eligible.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
A very pretty little Hebe that will add some sweetness to the garden. Glossy olive green foliage that is topped off with racemes of pink flowers in spring and autumn. The flowers gradually fade to white. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A top performing Hebe that is quite a show off in the height of summer. That's when the purple flower heads smother the bush, these flowers fade to white as they age. Nice fresh green foliage that trims well, this is best done after flowering. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
This low-mounding evergreen shrub is spectacular when it blooms. The rich purple red flowers draw attention to themselves. As they age, the flowers eventually fade to white. The dark green leaves are long and tapered. Out of bloom, it is the dark purple leaf buds that hint at the spectacular show that awaits the gardener. Evergreen
Colour: Assorted Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50 x 75cm
Native. A top performing Hebe with striking variegated foliage that looks good all year round. From spring through until autumn violet-blue spikes of bloom appear and contrast very well with the foliage. Tolerant of high wind and coastal conditions and generally quite hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Standard Heidi is a deciduous Hibiscus that is tolerant and hardy. The violet blue double blooms appear from summer through to autumn. Fresh green foliage and a nice compact habit make 'Heidi' suitable for the garden or a container. Tolerant of average garden conditions but happiest in the sun.
Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: STDcm x cm
Standard. If you want a 'Snowdrift' in summer to cool you down then this is the shrub for you. Purest white semi-double flowers set against fresh green foliage. Flowers from summer to autumn and is very pretty and showy. Tolerant and easy to grow but happiest in the sun. Does well in a container. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: STD
This brilliant Hydrangea is the reddest of all Hydrangea paniculata varieties. During early summer it unfurls very large heads of white flowers. These flowers gradually turn pink and as summer moves into autumn a spectacular purple shaded red. It is quite dwarf growing at 120cm tall by 80cm wide. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Mop Head. Add a touch of French style to your garden or pots with the large rounded heads of cerise blooms that decorate Hydrangea 'Paris'. Plant in morning sun with adequate moisture. Compact habit. Deciduous. PVR SHM142.
To ensure you maintain the deep pink tones of this Hydrangea side dress with lime annually.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Mop Head. Gorgeous rounded flower heads in a pretty mauve shade will delight from summer through to autumn. Nice compact habit, perfect for the garden or a pot. Happiest in morning sun with adequate moisture. Deciduous. PVR SHM143
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Gorgeous single white flowers massed on ornamental dark foliage make this prostrate ground cover a good choice for cascading over walls or covering banks. The flowers appear in late winter. Will grow in most soils as long as well drained. Prefers sun. Can be trimmed to keep tidy if you wish. Evergreen.
Native. A pretty free flowering little shrub with dainty evergreen foliage and myriads of little white blooms with a hint of lavender in the centre that will delight from spring to summer. Plant in a sunny spot with humus rich soil that doesn't completely dry out. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Mauve Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 25cm x 50cm
A compact dwarf evergreen shrub with a rounded habit. Pretty Maube/Purple sweet pea-like flowers appear nearly all year round. Plant in full sun or part shade. Cold hardy and withstands dry and sunny conditions. Great for containers, borders or coastal plantings.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
This is one for the birds as they just love the bright red berries that follow the masses of white flowers at the end of summer. Compact in habit with glossy green leaves and few thorns. Grows just about anywhere and in any soil but prefers a sunny spot that isn't too wet. Evergreen.
Pyracantha are suitable for training as espaliers and look particularly good against a sunny wall where you can observe the birds par-taking of a 'berry' nice breakfast.
Colour: White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
A top performing, easy to grow, spring flowering shrub that deserves a place in the border or shrubbery. Graceful arching stems of beautiful pale pink bell shaped flowers in spring. Attractive variegated light green foliage. Plant in a sunny spot and prune after flowering. Deciduous.
This shrub is quite a sight in full flower. The 'florida' part of the botanical name means 'floriferous' (not where it goes for its holidays) or to put it simply lots of flowers. An irresistible sight when in full bloom.
Colour: Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.3m