Shrubs

For Gyms

Shrubs for OUTDOOR GYMs Installations

 

Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Shrubs for School Outdoor Gyms

  • SCREENING FROM AN UGLY VIEW
  • PRIVACY FOR THE OUTDOOR GYM
  • SHELTER FROM WIND
  • SHELTER FROM SUN
  • SOFTENING OF URBAN NOISE
  • ANTI POLLUTION

 

When we plant trees around one of our School Outdoor Gymnasiums, we need to plant them well apart, to allow for the growth rate of their lateral branches and for their ultimate finished height.


Thus, there are always empty spaces at ground level, surrounding our Exercise areas. We fill these with a carefully chosen selection of shrubs. If the Fitness area is Natural Grass or Bark Chips, our choice is unlimited as we can plant “in ground”.


If it is not possible to plant “in ground” this means we need to plant in Containers, such as attractive Timber Planters of varying shapes and sizes. The location also strongly influences our choice of Shrubs (and Trees); a windy seaside area would require different planting from a sheltered inland area.


The ground surfacing also affects our choice of shrubs; if it is Artificial Grass, we would not plant deciduous shrubs, as these would cast layers of dead leaves over the grass each Autumn. For Artificial Grass areas, we only plant evergreen Trees and Shrubs. Deciduous shrubs normally outpace Evergreen shrubs in their growth rate.


However, for our School Outdoor Gymnasiums, we prefer Evergreen shrubs for the following reasons:

 

  • They provide All-Year screening
  • They provide All-Year wind protection
  • They provide All-Year baffles to nearby local noise (cars, trains, factories etc.)
  • They have varying flowering seasons
  • They create a very pleasant “Outdoor Garden” feeling for those doing exercises
  • They continue to clean and purify the air quality, all year.

 

FAST GROWING DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

  • Spiraea                                                                               
  • Ribes
  • Symphoricarpos                                                                 
  • Buddleia
  • Forsythia                                                                             
  •  Lilac
  • Dogwoods                                                                          
  • Philadelphus
  • Weigela

 

MEDIUM RATE GROWING EVERGREEN SHRUBS

  • Pittosporum tobira                                                           
  • Photinia
  • Mahonia (prickly)                                                             
  • Liqustrum
  • Choisya Sundance                                                            
  • Cotoneaster (various)
  • Osmanthus                                                                        
  • Olearia hastii
  • Ceanothus (various)                                                          
  • Kalmia latifolia
  • Camellia                                                                             
  • Pyracantha (has thorns)
  • Fatsia                                                                                  
  • Choisya fermata
  • Viburnum (various)                                                           
  • Prunus laurocerasus
  • Carpenteria                                                                        
  • Magnolia Grandiflora
  • Escallonia                                                                           
  • Arbutus unedo

 

SHRUBS WITH SCENTED FLOWERS FOR SCHOOL OUTDOOR GYMS

DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

 

  • Chimonanthus praecox
  • Viburnum apulus
  • Magnolia denudate
  • Viburnum carlesii
  • Buddleia globose
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Syringa
  • Viburnum fragrans
  • Viburnum carcephalum 
  • Deutzia (various)

 

EVERGREEN SHRUBS

 

  • Viburnum odoratissimum                                               
  • Viburnum burkwoodii
  • Osmanthus fragrans                                                        
  • Sarcococca
  • Pittosporum tobira                                                         
  • Azara serrata
  • Magnolia grandiflora                                                      
  • Olearia hastii
  • Osmanthus burkwoodii                                                  
  • Osmanthus delavayi
  • Daphne odora                                                                        
  • Escallonia (various)
  • Choisya ternata                                                                   
  •  Mahonia

 

GET FIT. STAY FIT. STAY HEALTHY. FEEL GOOD

 

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