There are so many good reasons to plant a New Zealand native as gardeners all over the world have discovered. During a recent trip to Europe I swear I saw a Cabbage Tree (Corydline) in every back yard I peeked into! Here at home, planting a NZ Native is really an act of conservation as it ensures the continuation of native plant species. Along with that there is the added bonus of attracting native birds to your garden and beneficial native insects. However before we get too "Green" and serious lets just apreciate the wonderful layers of colour, texture and distinctive form that NZ Natives offer the gardener.
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What could be more architectural than a Cabbage Tree? Perhaps the only competitor would be our NZ Flaxes (Phormiums) which are available in small, medium and large with a wide colour palette. These cannot be beaten for toughness and adaptability and are simply fabulous planted en masse. Can you imagine New Zealand without Kowhai trees (Sophora) driping with bright yellow bells in summer and being squabbled over by noisy Tui's? Did you know that some Kowhai plants only reach 1m and are therefore ideal for smaller gardens or container growing? And what about our own unique Christmas Tree, the Pohutakawa (Metrosideros) which is so easy and rewarding to grow in frost free areas.
You won't get a better ground cover for difficult sites than our native Coprosma varieties. Then there are native "grasses" for mass planting and Hebes for adding year round colour. Corokias and Pittosporums for hedging, windbreaks, or no nonsense background foliage fillers. Did you know that the shy Pittosporum flowers have an exquisite perfume? Pseudopanax offer unique foliage form and colour and are ideal for adding height. In garden design our native plants can stand alone or combine superbly with exotic imports to provide a rich tapestry.
For best results plant Native plants in early spring in a well considered position as, just like us, they resent being moved unnecessarily. Other than that most natives are extremely easy and rewarding to grow.
This native 'grass' is really tough and hardy tolerating cold winds and almost any soil. The brick-orange foliage looks very graceful as it waves and dances in the wind. Ideal for planting in large drifts. If the clumps become a little untidy just chop back hard for renewed vigour. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 50cm
NZ Native. A stiffly erect growing tiny leafed Coprosma ideal for formal planting, hedging or containers. An amazing chocolate coffee colour contrasts well against other foliage. Grows well full sun. Can be kept trimmed. PVR
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright and compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 150 x 50cm x cm
A beautiful cultivar of NZ's native Coprosma commonly known as the 'Mirror Plant' because of the glossy leaves. 'Scarlett O'Hara' has reddish orange variegated foliage that intensifies in colour when the temperatures are cool. Plant in sun or part shade and protect from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR SHM239.
Coprosmas can be used for a little low hedge as they respond really well to trimming. The last trim before winter should be done no later than March.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
'Raspberry Fountain' has been bred from the top selling Cordyline 'Red Fountain', but now with stunning pink foliage! Does not form a central trunk, instead forms a clump of arching pink foliage that looks great throughout the year. Brilliant as a container plant or planted in the garden. Evergreen.
Habit: Clumping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Cordyline Raspberry Fountain
Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
Cordyline Raspberry Fountain
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Native. Soft and delicate looking fronds spread horizontally from the crown reaching 2-2.5m in length. The trunk is covered in chestnut coloured scales. Plant in a sheltered position in moist humus rich soil. Water during dry spells. Evergreen
A Hebe named after the Millennium with a soft pale pink flower. This rounded, compact shrub with healthy bronze-green foliage its good for mass planting in mixed borders or containers. Great for coastal planting. Plant in a sunny position with good drainage. Trim after flowering.
Colour: Pink Habit: Spreading groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 90cm
Native. An unusual Rata - Pohutukawa cross discovered on Great Barrier Island. Nice dark green foliage and scarlet red flowers in summer. Fairly compact habit. Plant in the sun in well drained soil and protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
NZ Native. This shrub is very well named - the tiny rounded leaves are a pale silvery green and certainly do seem to shimmer in the light. Forms a very nice background plant or can be used for hedging and topiary as it loves a regular hair-cut. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
Pittosporum Silver Sheen
Container: 4l ?
Stock of this item is very low.
Pittosporum Silver Sheen
Current Stock Height: 150/180 cm ?
Container: 12l ?
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