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 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.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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
Paniculata. Sundae Fraise is exceptional for its smaller proportions. It grows well and has a very bushy, semi-upright, well balanced low growth. The red brown stems bear perfect, medium sized panicles. The abundant green and white sterile flowers quickly turn pink. These colour shades can vary according to exposure, climate and type of soil. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Arching canes Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Lavandula. An unusual Lavender with cream flowers tinged with green. The foliage is aromatic and the overall habit is quite compact and sturdy. Plenty of flowers in spring - a good Lavender for the mixed border. Plant in the sun in well drained soil and trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
This lavender was a chance seedling found in a Waikato garden called 'Chilliswood' which is probably a natural cross between L. viridis and L. stoechas i.e. you can blame the bees for this one!
Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Lavandula. What a pretty little Princess this Australian bred lavender is with dark pink tufted blooms that appear from spring through to summer. Aromatic grey-green foliage combines well with the flowers. Loves the sun and good drainage and a coiffure after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
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: 3.5m x 2m
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Very vivid cherry pink flowers with softer creamy yellow in throat. Flowers young and flowers often. Has a good constitution and forms a well rounded shrub with deeper green foliage. Plant in morning sun or dappled light in well drained acid soil. Protect from frost and feed regularly for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Beautiful trusses of bright orange double flowers. Glossy dark green foliage. Plant in morning sun or dappled light in well drained acid soil. Protect from frost and feed regularly for best results. Suitable for container growing.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Vireya. A tropical shrub with luxuriant dark green foliage. Large full trusses of soft peachy flowers. Vireya have a repeat-flowering habit, tending to flower for a few weeks at a time, two to three times a year. Plant in a sunny well drained spot with protection from the frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Orange / Peach Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
A compact little Vireya that performs well in the garden or a container. Tubular trusses of red blooms appear regularly all year round. Plant in morning sun or dappled light in well drained acid soil. Protect from frost and feed regularly for best results. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm