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.
An unusual double flowered Lacecap Hydrangea with magnificent flower heads in shades of white. The flowers cascade gracefully on slender stems. Easy to grow but will perform its best with protection from the afternoon sun and in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
Mophead. A superb sky blue mophead that keeps flowering for months. It is still providing a colourful display in July in Taranaki when most others have long finished and browned off. It is a lovely cut flower variety, the flowers dry well too.
Colour: Blue / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
A smaller mophead variety with large, rich, rose pink blooms over lush, fresh green foliage. Grow in morning sun in soil that is not too dry. Side dress with lime to maintain the pink colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Round compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Lacecap. Geoffrey Chadbund is an obliging chap who will have pink flowers in alkaline soil and purple flowers if planted in acid soil. The flowers themselves are broad and flat with a halo of outer florets highlighting the central zone of smaller florets. Very striking. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 90cm
Lemon and lime is the happening thing and here is a hydrangea with leaf colour that just lights up the shade. This stunning hydrangea is noted for it bright yellow, lime green foliage, stunning in a dappled light to semi shade position. Prefers most soils with a touch extra over the summer when it is graced with it's lovely pink or white flowers. Deciduous.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A mophead Hydrangea with very large, pure white flower heads that smother the lush green foliage in summer-autumn making for a wonderful display. Happiest in semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m
Pale green foliage with 'serrated' edges and bronze tips. The summer-autumn blooms are a dainty and a mix of tiny blue central flowers surrounded by a halo of white florets. Very pretty. Plant in morning sun or part shade. Prefers rich acid soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Side dress with Aluminium sulphate to maintain the blue tones.
Colour: Blue / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Blue mophead in acid soils or salmon pink in alkaline soils. The flowerheads are small and compact with very large individual florets. Looks fabulous in a shady spot under trees. Very free flowering and popular for cut flower. Lovely autumn tones – flowers antique red-wine tones.
Colour: Pink / Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Mophead. A charming Hydrangea AKA White Swan. Large rounded heads of white blooms in summer through to autumn offset by fresh green foliage. Plant in dappled light for best results in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 90cm
Lacecap. Gorgeous, large, white flowers that have a halo of showy florets surrounding the densely packed centre of smaller florets. Dark green tapered leaves complement the flowers nicely. Plant in semi-shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m