A shrub is generally defined as a woody plant that is smaller than a tree and generally has a rounded shape. A shrub has several main stems growing from ground level, rather than one main trunk.
Shrubs are incredibly versatile and can be used in many ways. They can form a border or a hedge, screen areas of your garden, add height and colour to a garden bed or become a feature in a pot.
These shrubs are easy to care for and should thrive in most gardens (even if you’re not a great gardener!).
Mexican Orange Blossom (Choisya ternata)
A compact evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves. Prefers a sunny to partly shaded position in well-drained soil. Tolerant of dry conditions.
Hibiscus is a popular tropical evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and colourful flowers. Easy to grow in most soils.
Lavender is a traditional favourite often grown in cottage-style gardens. Fragrant grey foliage with flowers that come in many different colours and forms. Great for areas in full sun, lavender is available in many varieties. It can thrive in various types of soil conditions.
Dwarf Willow Peppermint (Agonis flexuosa nana)
This is a fantastic native hedging species which produces small white flowers in spring. Smells like peppermint when the leaves are crushed. It does well in full sun to part shade.
Marguerite Daisy (Argyranthemums)
At one time, it seemed every garden had one of these shrubs. They are incredibly tough, come in a huge range of colours and flower profusely over summer.
Nandina Blush (Nandina domestica)
A compact shrub with red flushed new growth for most of the year. In the colder months, the foliage turns red all over.
Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica Snow Maiden)
Glossy green foliage with bunches of white flowers in winter and spring. Great for low hedges and ideal for around pools.