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 delightful deciduous shrub has interesting textured leaves and an abundance of pretty white flower clusters throughout the summer that are followed by red berries. Hardy and tolerant of most conditions but prefers afternoon shade.
If you wish to prune your 'Summer Snowflake' it is best done after flowering though this may reduce the amount of berries. Lovely background shrub and fabulous in a group of 3 or more.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
It all starts in spring with creamy white flower heads. These are followed by bright red berries that hold well into winter after leaf fall. The fresh green leaves are attractively lobed and colour exceptionally well in autumn. All together an excellent, highly ornamental shrub. Deciduous.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Commonly known as Periwinkle this useful little ground-cover has glossy green foliage and little lilac blue flowers in spring and summer. Good for planting under trees or in woodland areas as it likes a little shade and protection from harsh frost. Can be trimmed if it gets too carried away. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 3m
Periwinkle. A vigorous little ground-cover with glossy green, narrow foliage topped off with small white starry flowers in spring and summer. Will cover the ground quite quickly and can easily be trimmed back if it gets too carried away. Likes semi-shade and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Periwinkle is very easy to grow but does not like soil that completely drys out in summer.
Colour: White Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 3m
A top performing, easy to grow, spring flowering shrub that deserves a place in the border or shrubbery. Graceful arching stems of beautiful rose-red bell shaped flowers in spring. Attractive green foliage. Plant in a sunny spot and prune after flowering. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
A top performing, easy to grow, spring flowering shrub that deserves a place in the border or shrubbery. Graceful arching stems of beautiful white bell shaped flowers in spring. Attractive green foliage. Plant in a sunny spot and prune after flowering. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
A semi dwarf coastal variety of rosemary that forms a natural "box" shape and is native to Australia. Bright green foliage and small mauve flowers in spring and summer. Great for creating a low hedge in the garden or can be left to form it's natural ball shape. Hardy, frost and drought tolerant once established.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
This tough little Aussie shrub looks good even when neglected. Dark green rosemary like foliage that forms a spreading mound, masses of white flowers that appear mainly in spring. Likes the sun but will tolerate some shade. Must have good drainage. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: White Habit: Ground cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 150cm