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. A most handsome and striking form of our native 'Cabbage Tree'. The green swords of foliage are heavily banded with rich cream blushed with just a little pink. Looks magnificent in a container or group planted for extra impact. Tolerates sun or part shade. Evergreen.
This Cordyline is very popular in Britain and has been awarded a Certificate of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 1.5m
This Cordyline has long, upright, slightly arching, pointed leaves of creamy green with a chocolate stripe. It doesn’t develop a bare single stem trunk like alot of other Cordylines and instead tends to develop side shoots that make it denser. Can produce a cream flower. It is compact and clumps. Perennial
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.8m
A cascading lime green, strappy foliage version of the Red Fountain. Clump forming habit that creates a fountain- like appearance. Fragrant bluish- pink flowers in late Spring. Evergreen. Great as a specimen plant in the garden or in a pot or group plantings.
Protect from sever frost. Feed with slow release in spring
Colour: Bluish-Pink Habit: Strappy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 120cm
Native. A hybrid Hebe that has been selected for it's compact form and flower power. Masses of deep pink flowers cover the light green foliage through summer and autumn. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen. PVR 2817.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Native. Manuka AKA Tea Tree. Exquisite double flowers that start appearing in late winter and continue through to the spring. The flowers are in tones of burgundy-red and are complemented by the dainty deep bronze aromatic foliage. Happy in the sun. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Native. An attractive and compact form of Manuka with single flowers in a deep pink shade. The tiny needles of foliage have a purple-red hue. Quite tolerant and easy to grow as long as it has a sunny spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Native. AKA Tea Tree. This dwarf form of Tea Tree has single white, pink-flushed flowers with a dark eye that appear during spring. Upright growth habit and very free flowering, tolerating most soil types and conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Native. An unusual form of our native Manuka (Tea Tree) which has a low semi-prostrate habit that makes it ideal for cascading over walls and banks. Can also be used in rock gardens or as a ground cover. The foliage is tiny, narrow and pointed, the flowers are in tones of rose red and pink. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
If you want a profusion of double crimson blooms from August until December then this is a great little shrub to add to your planting scheme. The flowers are beautifully complemented by the bronze foliage. Good compact, upright habit. Happiest a sunny position. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Native. Early vibrant red single flower, dark green/burgundy foliage.Grows happily in full sun and prefers not to be let to dry out. Flowering during late autumn and shows some flowers during winter building to a peak in Spring. H 2m
An Australian cultivar of Tea Tree that has beautiful double flowers that appear from autumn through to spring. The flowers are in tones of white and pink. Neat and tidy green foliage - loves a sunny spot in the garden - trim lightly after flowering. Tolerant of coastal conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Native. Tea Tree AKA Manuka. Delightful evergreen shrub with a free flowering and compact habit. Double red flowers appear in spring and in autumn offset by dainty bronze foliage. Easy to grow in a sunny spot and quite hardy. Bred by Jack Hobbs from the Botanic Gardens in Manurewa, Auckland.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 50cm
Native. Manuka AKA Tea Tree. Attractive evergreen shrub with showy double white ruffled blooms in autumn and spring. Dainty fresh green foliage and a neat and tidy habit. From the breeding programme at the Manurewa Botanic Gardens. Happiest in the sun.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
The twisting, tangled stems of this native Climber make for an interesting and useful plant that can be trained as a climber or used to scramble informally wherever you want quick cover and a plant of interest. Plant in morning sun in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Semi-evergreen.
The flowers on the female form of Muehlenbeckia are inconspicuous but emit a pleasant fragrance. The flowers are followed by little white berries. This plant also responds well to clipping and is often used for informal topiary work.
Habit: Twisting Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x spreadscm
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Native. A terrific little ground cover with clusters of dainty, fragrant, white flowers that appear from winter through to spring and occasionally at other times of the year. Neat and tidy small grey leaves that form a spreading mat. Quite tough and hardy, responds to trimming. Evergreen. PVR.
Pimelea look lovely cascading over a wall or bank. They can be trimmed lightly after flowering to encourage new growth. This plant would even look good in a hanging basket.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 25cm x 75cm
Native. You'll love this versatile little plant which forms a dense rounded ball of fresh green foliage that seldom needs clipping. Looks fabulous group planted or makes a natural topiary specimen for court-yard containers. Grows well in sun or part shade. PVR.
Pittorsporums love well drained fertile soil but are remarkably tolerant plants and will adapt to less than ideal conditions. They are hardy and generally healthy.
Colour: Brown / Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
Native. An intriguing moss-like plant that forms dense mounded cushions of emerald green foliage with fascinating humps and hollows. A great plant for rockeries, ferneries and containers. Does best in well-drained soil in Full sun to part shade.
Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm
If you want a well behaved and rewarding evergreen shrub then it would be hard to go past this delightful little Kowhai. Compact and tidy and completely covered in rich yellow bells in late winter that birds love, especially wax eyes. Looks stunning in a container. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
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