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 delightful low growing, compact shrub with small dark green leaves that is overwhelmed with a profusion of dainty pink bell flowers from spring to summer. Shows good frost resistance. Light shade to full sun. Good drainage. Hardy. Prune to tidy if needed after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Something a little different for those narrow spaces. This ornamental Barberry has a naturally upright columnar habit. Striking wine red leaves that intensify in colour as the weather cools. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0.6m
A cute little deciduous shrub that stays nice and compact and is very easy to grow. Richly coloured purple-burgundy foliage from spring onwards deepening to more reddish tones before leaf fall. Inconspicuous white flowers in summer are sometimes followed by red berries. Happiest in the sun.
Colour: White / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 50cm
A hardy and easy to grow plant with the brightest yellow foliage that appears in spring and is highlighted by coral pink stem tips. In autumn the leaves turn to coral pink and orange. Grows in a natural columnar shape - a great accent plant for sun or part shade. Deciduous. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 30cm
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This attractive dwarf Barberry has leaves in tones of purple, mottled silver pink and bright rose. Extremely hardy and easy to grow. Useful to plant as a contrast shrub or where you wish to avoid pet or people traffic. Easy to grow and very hardy. Deciduous.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Slender stems covered with light, feathery, rich-green leaves give this unusual shrub a certain softness. In late spring tight panicles of little 'button' flowers in creamy-lime tones appear and last for long periods. Likes the sun, acid soil and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1m
Boronia Denticulata - Mauve Boronia. The Mauve Boronia displays masses of Lilac Mauve starry flowers in winter and Spring. The leaves are strongly aromatic, small and light-green in colour. Easily grown in a lime-free soil. Prune hard after flowering.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
This Aussie shrub is a real show off with Lipstick pink bell flowers that smother the fine green, fragrant foliage from late winter through to early summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position with protection from harsh frost. Best to avoid Lime as prefers acid conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 50cm
We love the yellow boronia. It is one of the most heavenly perfumed flowers and has the strongest fragrance of all the Boronias. A small dense upright shrub which produces masses of yellow perfumed flowers in spring. Prefers moist well drained soils. Frost hardy.
Don't be disappointed if your Boronia does not have a long life, Mother Nature designed it that way as in Australia it usually naturally regenerates from seed after being destroyed by fire. Pruning immediately after flowering may assist re-growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
A hybrid form of Boronia with large fragrant purple flowers that appear from spring to summer. The dainty green foliage is evergreen. Quite a vigorous grower that likes a semi-shaded spot and cool acid soil. Trim lightly after flowering, protect from harsh frost and avoid lime. PVR.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 50cm