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
Abelia Grandiflora Snowdrift
Container: 2.5l ?
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Lucky Lantern series are a new dwarf compact variety of abutilons. A compact, rounded bushy shrub. Masses of bell shaped cream flowers appear, then fade to white as they age, almost all year long. Quick and easy to grow.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
Abutilon Lucky Lantern White
Current Stock Height: 10/15 cm ?
Container: 2l ?
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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
Star Blush is a compact evergreen bushy NZ selection of this African species. Similar to a heather in its growth habit, summertime finds Star Blush covered with attractive deep pink, star like flowers. The foliage has a lemon scent when touched. Good in containers or
in the border. Very tolerant of coastal conditions and light frosts. Perennial
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
A stunning native cultivar that originates from the Chatham Islands. Strong broad swords of arching foliage toned a sensuous metallic silver. Use in groups for a bold dramatic statement. Tolerant of sun or part shade but hates "wet feet". Looks fabulous in a container. Hardy and evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m