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.
The gorgeous warm bronze leaf tones of this native Corokia make it highly desirable for contrast planting. 'Bronze King' has a tight, compact habit making it perfect for hedging. Trims well. Tough, hardy and easy to grow in just about any conditions including coastal. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
Native. A tough, hardy shrub discovered by the late Mike Geenty in the Waikato. A top plant for hedging or background planting. Attractive olive-green leaves, small yellow flowers in spring followed by red berries that birds love. Tolerates regular trimming. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Corokia Geentys Green
Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm ?
Container: 1l ?
Corokia Geentys Green
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Native. This form of Korokio or Corokia was discovered at the Mangatangi dam in the Hinua ranges hence the name. The foliage is silver green and has quite a 'misty' look. Yellow flowers in spring followed by berries. A great shrub for group planting or hedging, tough, hardy and evergreen.
Flower Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5 x 1m
Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm ?
Container: 1l ?
Current Stock Height: 20/40 cm ?
Container: 2l ?
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