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 deciduous Azalea will really add the wow factor to the garden in early spring. The frilly textured blooms are a brilliant tangerine/orange and create a simply stunning display. Happiest in deep acid soil and though hardy will do best in a sheltered spot in the garden in sun or part shade.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
This little azalea simply masses itself in rose pink blooms over a long period in spring. Very tidy and compact habit. The small bright green leaves become bronze in winter. Top performing plant, happiest with protection from the afternoon sun in soil that is not too dry. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
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A superior deciduous Azalea with fragrant golden-yellow blooms that appear in spring. The new foliage is bronze-green and shows good disease resistance. Nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Plant in sun or part shade in deep acid soil.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
This little evergreen Azalea is also known as 'Butterfly Dance' and when you see it completely smothered in deep pink blooms in spring you can understand why. Fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter. Easy to grow in a semi-shaded position in acid soil. Group plant for impact.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
Southern Indica. Mardi Gras is a low, spreading Belgian Indica azalea which produces the striking colours of white background with red stripes and flashes coming from the centre. The masses of bi coloured blooms are eye catching to say the least.
Colour: White / Red Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
An outstanding deciduous Azalea that produces large, luscious, vivid golden-orange blooms with a yellow flare. The blooms are scented and appear in early spring. Plant in a sheltered position and mulch the roots regularly to keep cool. Happy in sun or part shade. Good autumn colour is an added bonus.
Colour: Gold / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Mrs Kint is at her best in spring when she decorates her dainty dark green foliage with beautiful single white blooms. Happiest in light shade. Nice compact plant which could be used for a low hedge in a shady part of the garden. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
A sweet little Azalea that smothers itself in deep mauve-pink flowers from late winter until early summer. The fresh green foliage has bronze tones in the winter. Easy to grow in a semi-shaded position. Prefers acid soil. Can be used as a low hedge and happy as a container plant.
/ PinkHabit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Add some spectacular spring colour to your planting schemes with this bright show off that has glowing orange-yellow flowers that open just as the new foliage emerges. Easy to grow in sun or semi-shade, prefers an acid soil. Seldom needs pruning, good autumn colour. Deciduous.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Fragrant orange-red buds open to a compact head of double yellow flowers, turning pink as they mature in late spring. The pink tones deepen as the flowers age and then gradually turn orange as they fade. Fresh green foliage in summer, nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Will grow in sun or part shade and prefers deep acid soil. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m