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.
Abelia is so versatile. Green and cream edged foliage, small white flowers. Hardy to cold and drought with a mature height of 3m. They make great formal hedges and equally good casual hedges. You can turn them into standards or topiaries for fun. They grow in pots, they work as ground covers, they're fantastic filler plants and they look just as good all by themselves. Evergreen
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Rounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
A wonderful mounding foliage shrub from our Australian neighbours. 'Limelight' has a big, bushy, 'fro hair do made up of fine cascading green foliage. Well behaved in a container or the garden. Great landscaping plant. Happy in sun or part shade in light well drained soil. Evergreen PVR.
Acacia 'Limelight' should only be given a very light dressing of slow release fertilizer in the autumn as it is not a greedy plant and shouldn't be over fertilized.
Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 1m
Gaunda Red. These little beauties are a low maintenance, evergreen plant that are really effective when planted in mass. They are covered in an abundance of flower early spring. Like all Azaleas these are acid loving plants that require a sheltered spot in sun - part shade. Hardy, evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Round bush Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 60cm
Azalea Guanda Red
Current Stock Height: 10/20cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
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A slow growing compact form of Box with a naturally rounded shape. In spring the fresh new growth is shaded a beautiful soft lime green turning to a darker glossy green on maturity. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
'Green Gem' is the perfect choice for a low hedge as it doesn't need as much clipping as other Buxus due to its compact habit. Nice for topiary work too. Though 'Green Gem' is very tolerant and hardy it prefers not to have 'wet feet' in winter - quite understandable, I don't much like wet feet myself!
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
This form of Box has a larger leaf than many other varieties hence the name macro = large and phylla = leaf. The glossy green foliage looks good all year round and is particularly attractive in spring. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Clips well, Evergreen.
The perfect little shrub for low formal hedges or topiary work. Equally this Buxus looks good as a stand alone shrub to add substance to the border.
A compact, dwarf form of the ever popular Australian 'Bottle Brush'. Masses of dark red flowers in summer that attract birds. Loves the sun and good drainage and will be quite drought tolerant once established. Tidy grey-green stiff foliage. Could be used as a hedge. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
A robust and easy to grow evergreen shrub with stiff green foliage. Masses of crimson 'bottle-brushes' appear at the end of each branch from spring through to autumn. Loved by the birds and the bees. Likes a warm position with protection from harsh frost but generally undemanding.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Bottle Brush. A spreading low growing form of this popular Australian shrub. During the summer it smothers itself with bright red 'bottle brush' flowers that are tinged with gold. Loves hot dry areas and happy on the coast. Quite drought tolerant once established. Evergreen.
Members of the Callistemon family or 'Bottle Brush' as they are commonly known do not like too much fertilizer. The safest way to give them some nutrients is with a slow release product but remember in this case 'less is more'.
Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 100cm
Buttercup Tree. This evergreen shrub is a real stand out in the winter garden. The dark green foliage is covered by a mass of bright yellow 'buttercup' blooms from autumn through winter. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained spot preferably with some wind protection.
As the 'Buttercup Tree' blooms on new growth it is a good idea to prune after flowering each year to encourage new shoots. Don't worry if the leaflets fold at night - they do this naturally - isn't nature clever?
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
When this evergreen shrub is in full flower in spring it is hard to see the foliage amongst the brilliant blue flower heads. Stunning. The foliage is dark green and has a neat and tidy habit. Likes the sun and protection from harsh wind and frost. Trim after flowering if required.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m 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
A tough and hardy little shrub with needles of green foliage. In winter through to spring delightful little white flowers do their best to smother the foliage. Low spreading habit. Trim after flowering. Plant in a sunny well drained spot, preferably in acid soil. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm 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.
Colour: White Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 120cm
The heady perfume of this deliciously fragrant evergreen shrub makes it a winner for planting near a window or doorway. Bright glossy dark green leaves are topped off with pure white double rosettes of fragrance in early summer. Plant in a warm, frost free position. Feed regularly for best results.
Gardenias will grow happily in a pot as long as they are fed and watered regularly. They are gross feeders and respond well to regular liquid feeding. They can take a little sun but in NZ they are best protected from the hot afternoon sun.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 75cm
A vigorous, ground-hugging shrub with divided green leaves that look a bit like an Oak leaf. The new shoots have a red tinge that matches the red 'toothbrush' flowers that appear from spring to autumn. Happy in the sun, tolerant of light or poor soils and will basically thrive on neglect. Protect from frost. Evergreen.
Colour: red Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 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
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. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
With bright green tightly packed foliage that forms a natural mound this little Hebe is great for planting in groups to add interest and contrast to planting schemes. Dainty white flowers appear in summer but they are not the main feature. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
A neat and tidy little Hebe that has a compact habit. Dainty leaves in a soft olive green shade and masses of tiny lilac-blue flowers in the warm summer months. Plant in a well drained sunny spot and trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
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Container: 2l ?
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An attractive and easy care shrub with arching branches of deep burgundy wine foliage. In spring and summer dark pink 'fringed' flowers appear and these carry a pleasant fragrance. Easy to grow in sun or part shade, prefers well drained soil. Presented here as a topiary standard.
Colour: Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Loropetalum Burgundy Std
Current Stock Height: STD-50/HGT90cm ?
Container: 8l ?
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Plum Gorgeous is the deepest and darkest coloured foliage of any Loropetalum on the market, and retains its colour all year round. It’s interesting that this fact is seen as a greater attribute than the hot pink tasseled flowers it has through the spring and summer. Maybe foliage is the new flower when it comes to colour.
Great in pots. Good for clipping
Colour: Cerise Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
Topiary cone. New Release. Upright form with dark burgundy foliage and bright cerise pink flowers in Autumn, Spring and Summer. Trim regularly to encourage repeat flowering and to maintain shape of cone. Frost hardy. Evergreen
Colour: Bright cerise / Pink Habit: Bushy upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Bred in NZ, this popular hedging plant has deep red new growth for long periods in spring. The leaves gradually turn a deep glossy green. Tough and easy to grow. Perfect as a back-ground plant as well as a hedge. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Photinia Red Robin
Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm ?
Container: 1.3l ?
Photinia Red Robin
Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm ?
Container: pb3 ?
Photinia Red Robin
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Container: pb18 ?
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Spectacular small shrub featuring a compact growth habit and masses of deep pink to purplish pink flowers well displayed at the branch tips during winter and spring. Suited to a sunny position. Great in rockeries, containers or borders. Provides an excellent long flowering displays and an excellent cut flower. Frost and drought tolerant. Evergreen
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
This rosemary is a culinary delight and has been especially selected for its fantastic flavour. Lovely to grow in the herb or ornamental garden in a warm sunny spot. Pretty blue flowers that attract bees. Honey, is that roast lamb I smell cooking? PVR.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm
A top performing little shrub with attractive, dainty, variegated foliage. Little white stars of bloom appear on and off almost all year round. Performs well without fuss but prefers protection from harsh frost. Happiest in the sun with good drainage. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
A lovely new Teucrium with beautiful silver foliage with an upright form. Masses of purple flowers through the Spring and Summer. A great plant for hedges and as an alternative to box hedging. A hardy medium sized shrub for any sunny position in the garden. Trim to shape after flowering.
Silver Box is a Trademarked name.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
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