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.
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
Kurume azaleas are popular due to their early and heavy bloom and their relatively small plant size, fitting in nicely in many landscape situations calling for dwarf or small sized plants. They are evergreen, early blooming, with abundant smallish mid-purple flowers. Likes acid soil and semi shade. Mulch in summer.
Colour: Purple Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.8 x 0.4m
A rewarding and easy to grow evergreen shrub that has neat and tidy dark green foliage that is set alight with fiery double red blooms from winter to spring. Prefers a semi-shaded spot, well drained soil that is on the acid size. Generally hardy.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 50cm
Pretty, pure white, semi-double blooms that are lightly scented sit amongst the fresh green foliage from early spring. Just lovely to light up a semi-shaded spot in the garden. Perfect for group planting or perhaps as a low hedge. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
Fragrant and exceptionally hardy providing a massive display of brilliant, golden yellow single blooms with salmon pink highlights in late spring after opening from red-orange buds. Lush, bright green foliage, excellent for massing in shrub borders and perennial beds, or as a vibrant flowering foundation plant. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow / Orange Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.6m x 1.6m
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Delightful miniature with green tufted foliage and masses of single pink flowers in early summer. A reliable and hardy Azalea that looks great mass planted. Happiest in part shade, mulch the roots well to keep cool in summer. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
Deep green closely tufted foliage and large open pure white blooms that smother the bush in summer make this a desirable little shrub. Happiest in well drained acid soil with protection from the afternoon sun. Compact and evergreen. Mulch the root area annually to keep cool.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Pretty blush pink blooms highlighted with a large golden flare have the added bonus of a sweet perfume. Simply beautiful in early spring. Quite hardy but prefers a sheltered spot in sun or part shade and will do best in deep acid soil. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Kurume Azalea. Gorgeous white flowers with just a hint of lime at the throat smother the green foliage in spring. A compact well behaved little shrub that will grow best in acid soil and dappled light. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Green Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.5m
This Kurume Azalea has larger flowers than most. The bright cerise red blooms are semi-double and smother the bush in late winter early spring. Happiest in a semi-shaded position in well drained soil. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 50cm