This garden is contained within a border of Griselinia Hedging, keeping a minimal vibe to coordinate with sleek, contemporary new homes. Softened with group block planting of the red tussock Chionochloa Rubra, it is pleasantly interrupted with a scattering of the tall Black Beech Fuscospora Solandri. Drifts of the upright Libertia Peregrinans give a textural difference, which look great en mass spreading through gravel against and around paving stones, and used in conjunction with the ground cover Muehlenbeckia Axillaris, which will happily carpet rocks and low banks. The smaller low-growing orange Carex Testacea repeats the grassy aesthetic, their colour even more pronounced when grown in brilliant sunshine.
Providing irrigation is installed at the time of planting, minimal skills would be required to maintain and manage this garden. A twice-yearly clipping of the Griselinia to keep the hedge in order and an occasional weed through the shot rock will keep this small garden pristine.
Plants and plant spacing:
Griselinia Littoralis Hedging 70cm to 1m
Chionochloa Rubra 1.2
Libertia Peregrinans 50 cm
Carex Testacea 75 cm
Muehlenbeckia Axillaris 50cm
Fuscospora Solandri 4m
Foliage Colour: Greens, Bronze and Orange.
Flower colour: White
Uses: Small minimal contemporary garden option could be for those with limited space and perhaps for those who don't want the effort of maintaining a lawn.The plants are all hardy varieties suitable to be mulched with shot rock - a visual that blends with the Central Otago natural landscape.
Griselinia littoralis is native evergreen tree found throughout New Zealand in forests from sea level to 1000m , forming an dense bushy tree with has deep green oval leaves. It grows up to 20 m tall, though often much less, particularly in coastal exposure. It can tolerate a wide range of conditions. The leaves are alternate, leathery, glossy yellow-green above, paler and matt below, 6-14 cm long, oval with a smooth margin. Griselinia littoralis produces male and female flowers on seperate trees.
Very beautiful plant with leaves that glow and shimmer in the sun and ripple in the wind creating many textures and patterns. Flowers in early summer and attractive seed heads remain for many weeks.
A spreading grass like plant with orange - gold foliage. White flowers in spring and summer followed by orange pods. The beautiful foliage colouring becomes more intense through out cooler months and if planted in harsh conditions. Position in full sun to shade. Evergreen. Hardy. 05m x 1m.
Carex Testacea - This hardy evergreen grass will impress you with its bright sunset orange tones throughout the year. Its clean mounding habit makes it suitable for mass planting or large landscaping projects in either hot and dry or cold and exposed conditions. Alternatively, Carex look great planted with flaxes, Astelias, Heucheras, Hebes and cabbage trees. This versatile grass is also popular as a feature container plant.
Muehlenbeckia axillaris is a dense groundcover with wiry stems and small dark green leaves. Muehlenbeckia axillarisflowers prolifically in Summer with masses of small creamy flowers. Males and feamle flowers often occur on the smae plant and the female flowers form small opaque white fruit. It spreads along the ground and even underground. Gets to a height of 15cm and a width of 1m. Likes the full sun and tolerates dry situations.