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.
This dwarf cultivar produces short golden orange candle-like flowers with reddish styles. Great in rockeries and smaller gardens, mass plant for dramatic effect or in small groups or containers on the patio, verandah or deck. Easy maintenance, simply cut away spent flowers. Evergreen
Easy maintenance, simply cut away spent flowers.
Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Bushy shrub, fast growing with caramel brown flowers from winter to spring. Lancelet tooth edged leaves. Prune lightly but not below the green growth. Full sun in well drained soils. Hardy and frost tolerant. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
A fast growing erect shrub. The lemon yellow flower are borne within the plant and can be obscured by the foliage. Flowering in Spring. The foliage is decorative in its own right with toothed leaves. Evergreen.
Will tolerate dry periods,strong winds and coastal exposure
Colour: Lemon yellow Habit: Dense Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
'Graham Blandy' is an upright sort of chap who will always stand up tall and erect in the garden. With a natural columnar habit this Box is perfect for adding an exclamation point to planting schemes. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Ideal for narrow spaces or group together to form a natural screen of green. Perhaps march along the side of a path or drive. A very useful plant for directional planting.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 50cm
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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
Bottlebrush. Looking for a breataking red for your garden then plant a hedge or screen of Betka Beauty and you’ll find just that. It will thrive in full sun in most soils, cool to warm climates and coastal or inland is fine too. Betka Beauty is reliable and easy to grow. Clip off the spent flowers in early summer each year. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Multi stemmed Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
Young growth is often attractively covered with dense silky hairs, later becoming smooth. The lemon flowers are borne in profusion throughout spring. Prune to maintain size and shape and to encourage flower production. Great as a specimen or screen plant. Mulching and feeding in spring and autumn is beneficial. Evergreen.
Erica bauera pink is a hardy, adaptable, long lived shrub that looks stunning planted in groups. Flowers from spring till autumn with masses of waxy pink tubular flowers displayed in clusters near the ends of it's branches. Prune to maintain size and shape and to increase flower production. Likes acid soil. Evergreen
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright loose Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
A delicious and delectable Gardenia with large glossy green foliage and large fully double flowers which appear from spring to summer. The flowers are creamy white and carry a heady scent. Happiest in morning sun or part shade in rich acid soil. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Remember that Gardenias are gross feeders and respond well to regular liquid feeding.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Large two toned flowers of pink and beautifully contrasting dark burgundy and the styles make beautiful pink loops before they open. This large evergreen shrub has showy bright green foliage with bronze tips. Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. The flowers appear many times throughout the year. Prune lightly for shape and size. Evergreen
Colour: Pink / Burgundy Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
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
Grevillea New Blood is a low spreading shrub covered with deep red spidery flowers for most of the year. It is extremely hardy frost resistant and will be happy in either a sun or shade position in the garden. Will adapt to most soil types. Great as a feature ground cover plant for rockeries as well as for pots. Evergreen. PVR
Fast growing ground-cover shrub that is ideal for hot dry, windy areas, also tolerant of coastal conditions. Bright green spiky foliage and clusters of small yellow flowers from spring-summer. While this plant will thrive on neglect it doesn't do well in frosty areas. Evergreen.
The Grevillea family do not like artificial fertilizer especially those with phosphate. If in doubt don't.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 100cm
A compact little Grevillea with narrow, pointed, green leaves and clusters of bright pink flowers from winter right through to spring. Happiest in a warm sunny spot with good drainage. Will thrive on neglect but doesn't like frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
A fast growing and dense ground cover plant, with toothed leaves and coppery red new growth. Fantastic quick grower for banks and slopes, and in large landscaping areas, and can cover to 6 metres. Flowers winter to late spring with toothbrush red flowers, with spot flowering the rest of the year. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 600cm
The soft pink ‘spider’ flowers on this smaller, compact cultivar, show up beautifully against the bright green, dense foliage. Flowers appear from late autumn through winter into early spring and produce nectar for birds. Regarded as frost hardy, this Grevillea adapts well to partial shade but prefers full sun. Most well-drained soils are suitable.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
An upright grower with a dense habit, Inspiration adds a vertical effect for those tight areas in your landscape. Sweetly scented porcelain-like flowers bloom in spring - Not as tall as the species, reaching approx 3m at maturity. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2.5m
Sweet Pea Shrub. You certainly will be 'dazzled' when this evergreen shrub is in full flower in summer. Bright purple pea like flowers simply smother the green foliage. Likes the sun and light well drained soil to do well. Trim in early spring if required. Easy to grow.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
An upright robust shrub once established. very free flowering with large reddish pink flowers. Excellent cutflower. Plant in full sun or filtered light. Stake to support when planted. Prefers free draining soils. Evergreen
Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Erect upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
These are just awesome with stunning large bright red flowers that look spectacular Known as the NSW waratah, great as a cut flower like sharp drainage and a sunny position. Cut back after flowering to encourage a bushy plant.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Bush Germander. This evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean loves hot dry spots and does well at the sea-side. Attractive tubular blue flowers are set amongst aromatic silver grey leaves from spring to summer. Makes a fantastic low hedge and clips well. Happiest in light well drained soil.
The secret to your Teucrium hedge looking good is regular trimming however it is important that your last trim for the summer is done no later than mid March.
Colour: Blue Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m