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.
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
Bred by Jack Hobbs from the Auckland Botanical Gardens this is a tolerant little Hebe with delightful bright pink flowers that smother the stems from early summer. Dainty small leaves that clip well. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Very easy care. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 60cm
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
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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
Native. Interesting and attractive little ground-cover with fresh green, flat, fern like foliage that sometimes has a hint of bronze. Quite fast growing in sun or part shade and tolerant of coastal conditions. Sometimes used as a 'now mow' lawn substitute. Evergreen.
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. 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
Native. An attractive evergreen shrub that will brighten up the garden in the dull winter months. This small upright teatree clothes itself with masses of white flowers in spring. Cygnus is hardy and will grow in most soil types. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 2m