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 Grass. A handsome bright green grass that forms into a large clump. Older plants develop a trunk-like mass of old leaves so the grass seems perched on a tall mound - looks very striking. Good for planting in damp to very wet places. Will also tolerate short periods of dryness. Plant around ponds as shelter for birds. Evergreen.
Colour: Assoerted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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 Grass. Carex Virgata is a successful colonising plant often used for wetland planting that can also grow on dry sites. This makes it suitable for planting where the conditions may vary periodically from very wet to very dry. Virgata is a mass of green needle foliage. Tolerant coastal condition. Invaluable for adding texture to the garden. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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Native. A spreading coprosma with dark brown foliage which darkens in winter to near black. Hardy and easy to grow. Makes a great groundcover for those tough spots in the garden. Will tolerate coastal conditions. Evergreen.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm
NZ Native. This form was discovered on cliffs near Hawera. It is a ground hugging native that forms a tight mat of small narrow olive green leaves. Excellent landscape plant for covering large areas of ground. Hardy, tolerant of cold and wind. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 200cm
A great little shrub with glossy dark red foliage that looks good all year round. Use for contrast planting in the shrubbery or as a hedge with a difference. Loves to be clipped. Will grow in sun or light shade, tolerates coastal conditions and light frost. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: Assorted Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
Native Standard. This quick growing vigorous Coprosma creates a mat of rich rounded glossy sage green leaves with cream edges and gold coloured stems. It is easily grown in a sunny position and makes an excellent weeping std suitable for pots,containers or as specimens in the garden. Grows in almost any sunny site. Frost, seashore and coastal tolerant. Evergreen.
Native. An interesting little shrub with stems that twist and tangle themselves into what is known as a divaricating mound. The foliage is tiny and the whole plant has tones of bronze-red. Hardy and robust - ideal for coastal sites. Plant in the sun. Evergreen.
Habit: Twisting Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 120cm
This is a striking evergreen plant growing to 90cm high with a glossy wave shaped leaf consisting of chocolate brown foliage with hot-pink highlights. Stunning for pots or the garden and works well in mass plantings. Colours intensify in the cooler spring and autumn temperatures. It grows best in a well drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade. Evergreen.
Pacific Sunrise will benefit from a hair cut every now and then. This is best done around about February on a warm dry day.
Habit: Upright rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
This striking evergreen plant has vivid red foliage interspersed with burgundy/chocolate brown markings. This makes an amazing contrast plant, stunning both in pots or the garden and works well in mass plantings. This plants versatility makes it a good low hedging plant contender, reaching around 1m tall with an upright mounding habit. The intense colouring of this Coprosma make it a real head turner. Evergreen
Pacific Sunset will benefit from a hair cut every now and then. This is best done around about February on a warm dry day.
Habit: Upright rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m