Real World Gardener Subs-Shrubs that are Useful and Beautiful in Design elements

March 23rd, 2018


Useful and Beautiful sub-shrubs

What are sub-shrubs?

Sub-shrubs is a category that you may not have thought about but it’s certainly worth investing in some of these to fill out your garden.

Large shrubs could be considered to be at least over 3 metres in height, maybe up to 4 metres.

Sub shrubs are a category that is for those plants that are around 1 metre to 1 1/2 metres in height.

Garden designer Peter Nixon always finds the unusual that are a little bit harder to source but are worth the effort because they turn your garden from just nice to just beautiful.

Let’s find out what they are. I'm talking with Peter Nixon Director of


Kohleria eriantha


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Peter mentioned sub-shrubs like Plectranthus ecklonii, the spur flower reaches about 1.2m

Barleria cristata “Lavender Lace,” with a lavender and white striped flower.

Barleria micans grows to 40cm flowering in April-May.

Kohleria eriantha with a scarlet tubular flower.

Justicia carnea and J carnea alba and Justicia betonica: Called Brazilian Plume-

A very useful plant.

Lastly, Brazilian Snapdragon or Otocanthus caeruleas with deep blue flowers.

If you have any questions about sub-shrubs , either for me or for Peter or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675




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