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.
The hot salmon pink blooms of this Kurume Azalea simply smother the green foliage in late winter early spring. Will really light up a shady corner which is where it likes to grow. Happiest in well drained soil, avoid lime. Evergreen.
Beautiful frilled blooms in shades of orange and red will light up the garden in late spring. The blooms are delightfully fragrant and are followed by fresh green summer foliage. Plant in sun or semi-shade in acid soil for best results. Avoid Lime. Deciduous.
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Large, frilly, double pink flowers with a gorgeous perfume will delight you when they emerge in spring. The fresh green summer foliage puts on a spectacular autumn display prior to leaf fall. Easy to grow in sun or part shade and quite hardy. Plant in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Brighten up your spring garden with the large, bright pink flowers of this lovely deciduous Azalea. Carmine rose pink flowers in masses of loose trusses totally smother the plant. Nice in containers. Evergreen. Plant in slightly acid soil plant. Prefers semi-shade.
Colour: Pink / Orange Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.8m
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With an abundance of single, frilled salmon plants from early spring until early summer this delightful little Azalea will cheer up any semi-shaded spot in the garden. Fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter, well behaved and easy to grow. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Set the spring garden on fire with the glowing coppery red blooms of this showy deciduous Azalea. The blooms are large, rounded and frilled and carry a delicate scent. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained acid soil. Fresh green summer foliage with autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Glowing, crimson red, semi double blooms smother the glossy green foliage of this lovely Kurume Azalea in late winter early spring. The foliage has a reddish-purple tinge in winter. Happiest in a semi-shaded position. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Very fragrant and very beautiful soft pink flowers flushed with a deeper pink tone and highlighted with an orange flare. Easily grown in sun to part shade and acid soil. Prune, if required, after flowering in spring. 'Delicatissima' means "most charming" and indeed it is. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Set your early spring garden alight with this gorgeous deciduous Azalea. The spring blooms are a delicious deep red and carry a nice light perfume. Compact habit with bronze-green summer foliage with autumn tones of scarlet and orange prior to leaf fall. Plant in acid soil for best results. Deciduous
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m