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.
Splendid indeed with royal purple frilled florets that form large decorative trusses towards late spring. The blooms are highlighted with almost black markings in the throat. A strong erect grower that will perform best in a semi-shaded spot. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Black Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Glowing red flowers in lovely shaped trusses. With it's tidy habit and excellent deep green leathery foliage this rhodo is a show stopper. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Well the name of this Rhododendron is a bit off putting but what it means is that the beautiful large blooms of reddish purple have an attractive central red zone. Nice compact grower and of course handsome green foliage. Plant in semi-shade in acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
Your Rhododendron will appreciate a nice layer of mulch around the surface roots in summer to keep them cool.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Small trumpet shaped flowers of soft saffron yellow are ideal to bring light into a shady corner. The leaves are long, narrow and quite glossy. Generous with bloom in mid spring. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5 x 1.5m
Narrow foliage in tones of olive green and an open habit. In spring striking blooms of white, blotched with purple-black appear in nice round trusses. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.8m
Well I haven't ever seen a Sierra Sunset but if it looks like this Rhododendron in flower then I know it is truly beautiful. Handsome foliage and gorgeous luminous blooms in tones of red, yellow, orange and cream. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Yes a Rhododendron with variegated foliage in tones of silver and green - very striking and eye-catching. A strong upright grower that blooms mid spring with pretty light mauve-purple flowers. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
If you like Rhododendrons then it would be criminal not to include this hardy and vigorous cultivar in your collection. Tight trusses of bright carmine pink will put on a wonderful display in early spring. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.
Sir Robert Peel was the founder of the modern day Police Force hence the common names used in the UK for the police:- "Bobbies" and/or "Peelers".
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2m
With a name like 'Sneezy' you will not be surprised to learn that this is a dwarf Rhododendron with a low compact habit. The mid spring blooms are soft pink edged with deep pink. Ideal for a semi-shaded spot in the garden or perhaps a container. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm