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.
Native. An easy to grow shrub which is invaluable for difficult sites as it is tolerant of almost any conditions including coastal. Fresh bright green foliage highlighted by red stems. Particularly useful for hedging. Always looks neat and tidy, trims exceptionally well. Evergreen.
Native. An attractive, low growing and compact shrub with dark green foliage and masses of palest mauve flowers in early spring. Easy to grow in the sun with protection from harsh frost. Neat and tidy habit - suitable for a low hedge. Trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Named for the young Prince George, this is a very tidy, attractive hebe. Bred in the Waikato as part of the royal series. The green and glossy foliage stays clean and compact all year. Masses of royal blue flowers appear in sumnmer across the top of the branches making an appealing display. Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible.
Colour: Blue Habit: Compact Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm
Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm ?
Container: 2l ?
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This hebe has a low spreading habit making it useful as a ground-cover. The small dark green leaves and attractive burgundy tones which deepen in cooler weather. Pretty racemes of bright pink flowers appear in abundance in autumn and winter. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 90cm
Hebe Pretty N Pink
Current Stock Height: 10/20 cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
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This prostrate NZ native has black stems with striking silver foliage. Small mauve flowers are produced early spring. Great for year round colour interest in the garden. Sun. Good drainage. Trim after flowering to keep compact. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Dense Compact Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
March 2019 Release. Bred in the Waikato as part of the Regal series of Hebe. Louis is a low growing variety, white flowering, easy to grow and will be a real charmer! The glossy green foliage stays clean and compact all year round. A hardy New Zealand native plant.Trim back after flowering to keep tidy. PVR eligible Evergreen
Colour: White Habit: Prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 100cm
Native. An evergreen Hebe which is considered to be one of the best. Hardy and compact with dainty fresh green foliage and short spikes of white flowers which completely smother the plant from late spring through until summer. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Considered to be very disease resistant.
The 'Wiri' series of Hebe have been bred, selected and named by Jack Hobbs of Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 80cm
An erect bushy shrub with long branches. Broad spear-shaped dark green glossy leaves. The large spikes of rich violet-purple flowers, they are dense and smother the bush, appearing in summer and autumn. It will grow in sun or semi-shade, best in well drained soil, will grow in dry sites. Grows in exposed and coastal sites, and will always look best in these conditions.
Colour: Purple Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1m
Hebe Wiri Prince
Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
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Native. An extremely attractive and graceful evergreen tree which is quick to establish and easy to grow. Fresh green foliage all year round. In summer star shaped, honey scented white flowers appear en masse and almost smother the foliage with their display. Plant in sun or semi-shade.
A very useful tree where quick screening is required. Makes a nice back-ground of foliage as well. Should be used more in planting schemes in my opinion. Tolerates most conditions except for really harsh frost when young.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
This handsome evergreen native forms a slender, erect tapering tree with deep green leaves that have saw-toothed margins. In spring, reddish bottle-brush like flowers appear which provide a nectar feast for native birds. Grows well in average soil in sun or part shade. Avoid harsh frost.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 2m
Knightia Excelsa - Rewa Rewa
Current Stock Height: 80/100cm ?
Container: 2l ?
Knightia Excelsa - RewaRewa
Current Stock Height: 150/180cm ?
Container: 13l ?
New stock arriving end of November, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $69.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.