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.
A lovely Rhododendron with deep green foliage and a neat and tidy habit. The compact trusses of bloom appear in spring and are in tones of pale lavender and purple with a hint of red at the throat. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Very large, rounded trusses of brilliant bright pink decorate this Rhododendron in spring. Vigorous bushy growth habit with attractive foliage. Happiest with dappled light. Mulch around the roots annually to keep cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Excellent Compact plant with stunning foliage. Beautiful showy trusses of cream flowers with an attractive pink edge stand out against the leathery green foliage in spring. Plant in a semi-shaded position and mulch regularly to keep the roots cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
A dwarf Rhododendron with bright green foliage and glowing red blooms that appear in spring. Excellent choice for the front of the border or perhaps a container in a shady corner. Prefers dappled light and acid soil, mulch annually and avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Beautiful evergreen shrub bears clusters of camellia-like flowers. Flowers are rose pink with darker central blotch. Neat compact habit with dark green foliage. Best in a sheltered situation. One of Waterer's Seven Dwarves. Happiest planted in dappled light with acid soil. Avoid Lime. Fertilise in spring prior to new growth. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Beautiful globular trusses of white flowers with an attractive yellow blotch stand out against the leathery green foliage in spring. Plant in a semi-shaded position and mulch regularly to keep the roots cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Drop dead gorgeous flowers of deep waxy red decorate the glossy deep green foliage from late winter-early spring. Vigorous and easy to grow in dappled light. Prefers acid soil and a nice layer of mulch applied annually. Avoid Lime. A must have for anyone who likes Rhododendrons. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Highly prized for the deliciously decadent deep black red blooms that appear in late spring. Dense compact habit with dark green foliage. Happiest planted in dappled light with acid soil. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Wonderfully showy, low growing evergreen shrub that produces a massive display of deep violet-blue flowers in spring. Plant in sun/part shade in lime-free soil. Thrives in sunny areas. Classified as a Dwarf Rhododendron. Very small leaves. Mulch around the roots annually to keep cool. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue violet Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Beautiful rounded trusses of pink with a cream throat appear in early spring. A nice small and compact Rhododendron. Happiest in a semi-shaded position with acid soil. Mulch regularly to keep the surface roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m