Native Garden #3

Native Garden #3

 Pittosporum Wrinkled Blue can be used as tightly-spaced hedging or loosely staggered wide apart - when clipped into a regular, formal shape they make one of the fastest-growing dense screens. This group of natives are suitable for a more informal native garden; stone chip pathways meandering through natural drifts grouped together in bulk with the odd pop of Chionochloa Conspicua scattered throughout, clusters of the orange-stemmed Coprosma Lobster - their blue non-poisonous berries make it one of the best bird attractors - balanced with the small round Hebe Cupressoides Nana. he large shrub version of Sophora Dragons Gold and the Phormiums will attract birds as well.  The tall architectural lines of the Cordylines make a strong statement - they look fabulous when planted against the sharp lines of contemporary homes. The space-saving vertical Plagianthus Regius - Ribbonwood - make perfect screens when planted in groups. This selection uses contrasting twiggy forms, strappy leaves, textures and differing colours underplanted with a scattering of the wide spreading ground cover Coprosma Hawera and, in select areas, the smaller mossy carpeting Scleranthus Biflorus.

It is important to be bold  - planting in soft drifts, giving the plants space - the taller vertical species rising up out of the lower growers. 

This garden is still relatively maintenance-free if liberally bark-mulched at the time of planting and if irrigation is installed at inception. An enthusiastic beginner gardener could manage this with a simple maintenance program and then stand back and let it grow.

 

Plants and plant spacings:

Pittosporum Wrinkle Blue 1 - 2m 

Chionochloa Conspicua 1.2

Coprosma Lobster 1.2

Scleranthus Biflorus 50cm 

Hebe Cupressoides Nana 50cm 

Coprosma Hawera 1m 

Chionochloa Rubra 1.2 

Phormium Emerald Gem 1.2 

Muehlenbeckia Astonii 1.2 

Sophora Dragons Gold 1.5 

Plagianthus Regius 2m 

Cordyline Australis 2.5

Foliage Colour: Greens, orange, bronze

Flower Colour: Yellow and neutral seed heads


Uses: An informal native garden with loose plantings to soften any sharp architectural lines of a contemporary home.

Plants in this Palette

Pittosporum Wrinkle Blue
Chionochloa conspicua
Coprosma Lobster
Scleranthus biflorus
Coprosma Hawera
Phormium Emerald Gem
Muehlenbeckia astonii
Sophora Dragons Gold - Minature Kowhai
Plagianthus regius - Ribbonwood
Cordyline australis - Cabbage Tree
Chionochloa rubra
Hebe cupressoides nana
Pittosporum Wrinkle Blue
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Pittosporum Wrinkle Blue

Pittosporum Wrinkle Blue is a very attractive form of our NZ pittosporum,  forming 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. A maximum of 4m at maturity, can be maintained as a hedge of 1.2m + in height with ease. 

The image of the plants is of our 3.3L grade, they are beautiful bushy plants at 70cm in height. 

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Chionochloa conspicua
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Chionochloa conspicua

Tall open flowering spike. Broad Toetoe-like foliage. Sun or light shade and dry to moist soils.

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Coprosma Lobster
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Coprosma Lobster

Coprosma Lobster is an unusual New Zealand native with fine green leaves and orange-red stems, creating a good contrast of colour and texture. Looks great in containers or the garden. Sun to semi-shade. Hardy. Evergreen. Grows to a height of 2m. 

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Scleranthus biflorus
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Scleranthus biflorus

A bright green moss like ground cover that forms a plump cushion like shape. Position in full sun. Use as an edging, in rockeries or containers and general garden beds. Requires moist free draining soil.. Hardy. Evergreen. 20cm x 20cm.

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Coprosma Hawera
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Coprosma Hawera

Coprosma Hawera is a low-growing NZ native that forms a dense mat of small, narrow olive-green leaves. Fast-growing and very hardy but does prefer dry areas. Looks fantastic cascading over walls or down banks. 50cm x 1m

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Phormium Emerald Gem
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Phormium Emerald Gem

Phormium cookianum Dwarf form A compact dwarf green flax cultivar. Phormium cookianum 'Emerald Gem' is very popular for amenity planting, as it is smaller growing than Phormium cookianum. Yellow seed pods changing to black when ripe. Protect from slugs & snails when young.

Muehlenbeckia astonii
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Muehlenbeckia astonii

Muehlenbeckia astonii is a New Zealand native, coastal divaricating shrub with a wiry, interlacing habit. Muehlenbeckia astonii has small, bright green, heart-shaped leaves and is a deciduous plant in winter. It is very hardy, tolerating quite dry conditions and wind. It makes an interesting contrast plant. Likes a spot in the full sun or semi shade and will grow to around 1m in height.

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Sophora Dragons Gold - Minature Kowhai
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Sophora Dragons Gold - Minature Kowhai

Sophora Dragons Gold is a stunning Native dwarf Kowhai, which produces masses of golden yellow flowers that the Tuis and Kereru love. Its foliage has a fern like look to it and is very hardy and easy to care for. Eventual height of 1.5-2m

This picture represents a PB5 grade size.

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Plagianthus regius - Ribbonwood
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Plagianthus regius - Ribbonwood

Plagianthus regius, commonly known as Ribbonwood - is a graceful New Zealand tree. Dense foliage, very fast-growing with an upright form and super tough, great for exposed sites.  As the tree matures, the small juvenile foliage gets replaced with larger foliage. Creamy-white flowers. Plagianthus regius gets to a maximum height of 12m making it perfect as a specimen or shelter. 

The image is of our 5L grade that we currently have on special, they are great plants and are 1.2m in height already. 

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Cordyline australis - Cabbage Tree
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Cordyline australis - Cabbage Tree

Cordyline australis, commonly known as Ti Kouka/Cabbage Tree is a tall tree that, once mature, is a standout for its trunk structure. Cordyline australis can be grown in coastal, swampy, drought, or sun and wind-exposed locations. In summer, it will produce large flowering spikes, which often attract native birds. Cabbage trees are effective planted in groups and are easily established. Good for shelter and riparian planting, providing bank and soil stabilisation. Grow to 10m height x 3m width. 

The image is of our 7cm grade

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Chionochloa rubra
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Chionochloa rubra

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.

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Hebe cupressoides nana
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Hebe cupressoides nana

Hebe cuppresiodes nana is a fragrant evergreen hebe, compact with a perfect round ball shape. Grey-green foliage with masses of tiny white flowers which bloom during summer. This is the perfect plant for rock gardens, mixed native plantings or containers. 

 

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