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.
Wetland Native - Autumn Sedge. Attractive tufts of coarse green foliage with strong bronze tones. Summer seed-heads of dark brown. Will grow happily in moist damp conditions in sun or part shade. Tough and robust, great for mass planting in difficult spots. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 60cm
Wetland Native. Attractive arching habit. The ribbed leaves are a fresh bright green and contrast with the very dark seed heads. This sedge is found throughout New Zealand in forests, scrub and swampy areas. It can be grown in quite shady areas, such as under trees, or in an open situation, but it requires a moist soil and cool root zone. Evergreen
Wetland Native. Attractive arching habit. The ribbed leaves are a fresh bright green and contrast with the very dark seed heads. Found throughout NZ forests, scrub and swampy areas. Can be grown in quite shady areas, such as under trees, or in an open situation, but it requires a moist soil and cool root zone. Evergreen
A very attractive little 'Sedge' with arching leaves of green edged with silver. Forms a neat and tidy evergreen clump and would look most impressive planted en masse. Plant in morning sun or part shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Would make a nice container plant too. Perennial. PVR.
Insignificant brown flowers will appear amongst the foliage in summer.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
The striking foliage starts out chartreuse and then shades to golden yellow through the summer. Great for brightening up shady spots, or for adding a pop of colour to a mixed container. This easy care evergreen grass can be used as a groundcover, to edge a path or patio, or tucked into a living wall or window box. Perennial
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 60cm
Attractive NZ native grass that forms a clump of tussock-like foliage. The leaves are a dark bronze. Upright and graceful, looks fabulous planted in large drifts. Hardy to just about any conditions but happiest in a sunny position that does not dry out completely in summer. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright clump Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Featherfalls is a highly decorative Carex with outstanding garden and pot performance. The long clean and crisp foliage will reward you with a year round maintenance free plant. A highlight of this new variety is its beautiful plumes of feathery flower stems that emerge from the centre of the fresh new variegated foliage during the spring months. Evergreen
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Native wetland grass. A bright green grass that forms a large clump. With age, a trunk-like mass of old leaves forms so the grass seems perched on a tall mound - looks very striking. Good for planting in damp to very wet places but will tolerate short periods of dryness. Plant around ponds as shelter for birds. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
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