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 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.
A really lovely award winning Rhododendron that has a rounded compact habit. Dark green, glossy foliage and breath taking blooms. Rounded trusses of cream flushed with pink and soft apricot appear mid spring and gradually fade to creamy-white as they age. Perfect for a semi-shaded spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
This evergreen Rhododendron flowers in spring with white, flushed light fuchsia purple blooms. Rose-bengal on reverse, in a rounded truss of 15-20 florets. Dark dull green leaves. Vigorous but compact plant. H1m.
Colour: White / Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Delicious deep pink buds open to soft pink blooms with attractive spotting on the throat. A large upright Rhododendron that will put on a lovely display in spring. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Mulch the roots to keep cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
An upright Rhododendron with handsome dark green foliage offset by glowing rose pink blooms that appear in large trusses in spring. The interior of the blooms is highlighted with soft salmon and yellow tones. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
A deliciously fragrant Rhododendron with elegant white blooms that open from pale pink buds. A real delight for a semi-shaded, sheltered spot in the garden or equally lovely in a container. Needs protection from harsh frost and acid soil to do really well. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m