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
Native. Gorgeous, red parrot-beak flowers hang in pendulous clusters from spring through to summer. The blooms are filled with nectar and attractive to birds. Delicate light-green ferny foliage. Quick growing. Practice slug and caterpillar control for best results. Evergreen.
Though Clianthus is mostly considered ever-green depending on the conditions some leaf drop can occur.
Colour: Red Habit: Pendulous Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Grown for the interesting twisting branch pattern and soft green foliage set on silver grey stems. Nice compact habit making it an excellent choice for hedging and group planting. The bright yellow spring flowers are followed by yellow/orange berries. So easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.6m
Native. Chocolate without the calories! The soft melted chocolate colour of the leaves combines well with other foliage and looks fantastic as a formal hedge with a difference. Easy to grow and clips extremely well. Yellow flowers in spring followed by berries that birds love. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1m
Native. Large tree fern with black-stalked leaves to 5m long. It produces a distinctive, tall, black trunk topped with a pale green umbrella-like canopy. Prefers plenty of moisture, mulch, shelter from the wind and protection from frost when young. Full to semi-shade. Evergreen.
Prefers a moist but well drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Water regularly during hot periods
Native. This is the most common tree fern found in forests throughout New Zealand. It is a medium sized tree fern., fastest growing and tolerates a wide range of conditions. The fronds are harsh to touch and are dark green above and paler on the underside. Water well. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 0.2m
Dicksonia Squarrosa - Brown Ponga
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A New zealand native fuchsia that has the sweetest small but perfect fuchsia flowers followed by the most amazing large red berries. A groundcover plant that is best suited to a moist and semi shade to shaded position. Easily grown.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Gorgeous, broad, glossy green foliage with attractive wavy margins. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Very tidy and well groomed. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Griselinia Broadway Mint
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Griselinia Broadway Mint
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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
What a beauty! Masses of palest lavender buds fading to white flowers giving the bush a lacy effect. Spring flowering Hebes prefer a dryer, free-draining soil in full sun. Tolerant of coastal wind. Prune and feed after flowering to maintain shape.
Colour: White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80 x 1.2m
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
Native. This little mountain Hebe has a somewhat prostrate spreading habit and is an ideal rockery plant. The little leaves are rounded and grey green. White flower spikes appear from spring through to autumn. Needs a sunny spot and well drained to dry soil. Quite hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 100cm
The Hebe Turkish Delight is a striking shrub which has deep purple-burgundy foliage. In the Spring and Summer it produces blue-mauve coloured flowers, these sit above the foliage on fine stems. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / Blue Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 50cm
Native. Also known as tea tree, Manuka, New Zealand Tea Tree. Cerise margins, white petals with dark eyes and prominent eye lashes. Prune lightly after flowering for best shape. Very free flowering and tidy growth habit. Moderately fertile, well drained neutral or acid soil in full sun or partial shade. Evergreen
Colour: Pink Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 2m
Aust. Native. Merinda has vibrant magenta flowers that cover the bush in colour. Flowers occur in late spring. Early growth of this plant is spreading or cascading but will develop into a small shrub. Frost tolerant.
Colour: Red Habit: Cascading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Aust. Native. This New Release stunning upright Leptospermum which smothers itself in masses of deep red flowers in mid-late spring. Suited t most soil types in full sun. Would make an attractive screen plant. Trim back after flowering to shape and size
The large deep mauve flowers are produced in mid to late spring on a nice compact shrub which will grow to approximately 1.5 - 2 meters in height. A hardy shrub for most soil types and climates. Evergreen. PVR
Gorgeous single white flowers massed on ornamental dark foliage make this low growing, prostrate ground cover a good choice for cascading over walls or covering banks. The flowers appear in late winter. Prefers full sun and shelter from the wind. Tolerates most soils. Trim after flowering. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm
What a delightful little plant this native Iris is. Striking golden variegated foliage that forms a strong clump. Dainty little white butterfly flowers appear in summer followed by ornamental seed pods. Easy to grow in a sunny position in average soil. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
A native perennial with narrow spears of bronze green foliage that turns orange-brown in winter. Wiry stems of dainty white 'butterfly' flowers appear in spring and summer. Prefers a semi-shaded position and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 80cm
Native. A free-flowering, non-climbing Rata which forms a lose spreading shrub with green foliage and masses of showy red blooms which appear in spring. Loves a warm position and is better protected from frost especially when young. Will grow in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
Native. Who doesn't love the Pohutukawa AKA The NZ Christmas Tree. Attractive leathery blue-grey foliage and unique yet beautiful crimson tufted blooms that appear in summer. Tolerant of harsh conditions and poor soil but doesn't like frost. Evergreen.
This iconic NZ tree is seen at its best along the Thames-Coromandel Coast. It is worth taking a road trip in December-January just to see these coastal beauties in full flower. Pretty good specimens on the road into Whakatane as well.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 12m x 10m
The most floriferous of the olearias. In spring this shrub is smothered in large clusters of white flowers. Olearia cheesemanii or tree daisy is an evergreen NZ native. It is a medium growing bushy shrub with narrow pointed thin leathery dark green leaves. In spring large panicles of daisy like flowers appear. Thrives well in windy conditions. Great for hedging, very clippable, or use in boarder or shrub garden. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Round Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Native. This Flax is far more attractive than its name suggests. The arching swords of foliage are a very attractive smoky black shade with hints of moody blue. Prefers a sunny open position in soil that is not too wet. Feed regularly to maintain colour. Hardy, evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
An excellent small green Flax with bold erect lime green foliage. Suitable for mass planting in smaller gardens or equally quite fabulous as a container plant. Easy to grow in just about any garden conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow / Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Native. This delightful little NZ Flax has a strong band of pink through each arching sword of foliage. Nice compact habit making 'Pixie' a good choice for a rockery or container. Easy to grow and tough as anything. Evergreen. PVR FLX029.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 75cm
Native. A very attractive Flax with arching, broad, sword like leaves in tones of bronze-green with pink margins that gradually fade to cream. Overall has a pink tone so nice to combine with grey or burgundy foliage. Plant in sun or semi-shade. Hardy, vigorous and evergreen. RHS AGM.
Colour: Brown / Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Native. A well behaved little Flax with interesting, twisting, fine foliage in over tones of bronze with hints of green, red and yellow in the under tones. Great for mass planting and generally hardy and easy care. Plant in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A dwarf compact clumping variety of flax that forms many fans. The bronze leaves are upright and become twisted. They have a darker bronze on a pronounced margin. Full sun. Frost hardy Coastal and wind tolerant. Evergreen
Colour: Yellow Habit: Clumping upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 40cm
Native flax. A very handsome flax that will provide year round colour with it's brilliant gold, cream and green striped leaves. Looks great in semi-shaded areas. Tolerant and hardy, withstanding most conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Native Flax. Vigorous grower with gracefully drooping foliage heavily variegated yellow with increasing green zone as the leaves mature. Will grow in any reasonable soil. Looks its best in semi-shade. Excellent for accenting in the landscape. H1-2m
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
A NZ Native, mat forming ground cover with tiny, white starry, fragrant summer flowers and attractive blue foliage. Great in rockeries or for mass plantings to cover banks and retaining walls. Grows in full sun and part shade, coastal hardy and happy in dry soils.
Colour: White Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Native. Small dainty silver-green foliage set upon thin black stems creates an attractive shimmering picture as the light falls upon the foliage. Easy to grow in sun or part shade, will do best in deep fertile soil. Doesn't mind a haircut. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Native. An easy to grow and well behaved native tree with attractive, undulating, pale green foliage. The small dark purple flowers emit a heady fragrance in the spring evening air. Great for screening, hedges and for background foliage. Trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
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Native. A selected form of our popular Pittosporum with a dense and compact habit. The foliage is a lovely dark green. Easy to grow in sun or part shade, reasonably tolerant of most conditions except really harsh frost. Clips well. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
A very attractive form of our NZ Pittosporum that forms a neat, evergreen tree ideal for screening or hedging. Glossy, wavy leaves of mid grey-green on stems that have a bluish hue. Easy and quick growing, trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
Native. This form of Kowhai was discovered in the Nelson region and was originally thought to be a form of S.microphylla but is now recognized as a distinct species. The dark green oval leaflets are longer than usual and the spring flowers are a soft lemon. Nice pendulous habit. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Pendulous Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
Native. The floral emblem of NZ and loved by Tuis and gardeners alike. The native name Kowhai means yellow and represents the pendulous racemes of nectar filled yellow flowers that appear in spring. This species flowers at a younger age than others. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 3m