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 vigorous and reliable Rhododendron with large trusses of snowy white flowers with a hint of brown speckling in the throat. Flowers in spring. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil and mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
The blush pink, edged with lavender and heavily spotted chestnut-brown, funnel-shaped flowers are borne in huge, pyramidal trusses of up to 12 during mid to late spring. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 0m
Wide funnel shaped flowers in light rose pink with a deeper pink towards the throat. Flowers appear in mid spring. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch the roots annually to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
A tall upright Rhododendron with handsome foliage and large trusses of rich rose pink that appear in spring. Happiest in a semi-shaded position with acid soil. Mulch the roots annually to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
An outstanding Rhododendron with attractive bark, big handsome foliage and large bright red blooms that appear in spring. Plant in dappled light with acid soil for best results. Often described as a "proven performer" for all the right reasons. Evergreen.
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Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Beautiful blooms of deep, rich, blackberry purple with a hint of coffee coloured spotting towards the throat of the flower will be much admired in spring. This Rhododendron is happiest in a semi-shaded cool spot in the garden with acid soil. Mulch the roots annually. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
A very pretty Rhododendron with apricot buds that open to reveal cream and pale yellow blooms with an apricot centre. Generous with bloom in spring. Forms a nice compact bush with dark green foliage. Happiest in semi-shade in acid soil. Mulch regularly to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Apricot Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Very bright sulphur yellow flowers are held in loose trusses and are lightly fragrant and are set off well with the bronze foliage. This plant will cope with a sunny position. Protect buds from heavy frosts. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0m
This truly is a Party Package with it's pretty crimson buds that open a deep mid pink and mature to washed pale pink and finally white, with star shaped red base in each throat. Each flower has wavy frilled petals that give a beautiful effect. Prefers acid soil and a nice layer of mulch applied annually. Avoid Lime. A must have for anyone who likes Rhododendrons. Evergreen.