Beginning with the selection of trees, these are planted in response to the proportions of the house and dimensions of the site. Trees provide vertical accents - Pseudopanex especially provides dramatic accents rising up out of the grassy textures of Chionochloa Rubra and Chionochloa Flavicans. Large grasses planted in groups can soften rocky outcrops and, when planted strategically, disguise lower unsightly views while leaving the horizon open. Beneath the trees an intermediary layer of larger shrubs like the Kunzea Ericoides, the upright narrow Ribbonwood - Plagianthus Regius, Olearia Fragrans and the Pittosporum Stephens Island can be used in bulk drifts to provide wind shelter through which view shafts can be preserved. The Pittosporum can be used to hedge-off service areas or outline entranceways. The lower level of shrubs uses the rounded forms of the Hebe Cupressoides and Hebe Topiriana to contrast with the strappy leaves of the large Phormium Cookianum and the smaller Phormium Bronze Surfer. The emphasis is always on choosing plants whose foliage and colour contrast in form. Low-growers Pachystegia, Pimelea Prostrata, Coprosma Acerosa and the Leptinella love good drainage so are suitable for tough, stony soils and are invaluable weed suppressants but are also practical where level changes and slopes occur and to delineate pathways. These are site-specific, meaning the Leptinella looks good in a sunny spot in which the charcoal foliage improves and where it can be seen up close - perhaps amongst pavers. The larger-leafed Pachystegia looks even more striking when contrasted with the wide-spreading but flat Pimelea Prostrata. This is an informal planting style - loose drifts through and around areas of lawn making natural private spaces to take in the views. If regularly mulched and maintained with a basic weeding program it is achievable for an average gardener. Irrigation, of course, is a must to make this garden flourish in the Central Otago climate.
Plants and plant spacing:
Fuscospora Solandri 4m
Sophora Microphylla 4m
Pseudopanax Crassifolius 1.5
Plagianthus Regius 2
Kunzea Ericoides 2m
Olearia Fragrans 1.5
Pittosporum Stephens Island 1.5
Phormium Cookianum 1.5
Phormium Bronze Surfer 80cm
Muehlenbeckia Astonii 1.2
Chionochloa Rubra 1.5
Chionochloa Flavicans 1m
Hebe Cupressoides 1.5
Hebe Topiriana 1.2
Pachystegia Insignis 1m
Pimelea Prostrata 1m
Coprosma Acerosa 1m
Leptinella Platt's Black 50cm
Foliage Colour: Greens, Bronze, Silver and Orange.
Flower colours: White and yellow with neutral seed heads.
Sophora microphylla, commonly known as Kowhai. Sophora microphylla is the variety found naturally throughout the South Island, however will grow in all parts of New Zealand. A very tough and hardy tree that suits the urban setting too. Fine fern-like foliage, that boasts the iconic yellow flower from September through to November. Is semi-deciduous. A height of 8m when mature.
Narrow-growing tree with a tall, erect trunk. Juvenile leaves are long and narrow and hang from the main trunk. After many years the foliage changes to a small head of leaves. Provides a focal point for restricted sites where a hardy, dramatic tree is required. Similar to Pseudopanax ferox, but has less prominently-toothed leaves. Pseudopanax crassifolius (Horoeka, Lancewood) grows to 4m (H) x 2m (W) in 10 years.
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.
Kanuka is a fast-growing tree, found throughout New Zealand in forest and scrub. The leaves are softer to touch than manuka and it produces smaller, white flowers in summer. It is very hardy, tolerating drought, frosts and poor soils. It is a primary colonising plant and used for revegetation as a nurse plant. It is best planted in autumn without disturbing the roots.
Mountain flax, Wharariki endemic to New Zealand, Phormium cookianum is a very useful plant for any native planting. Despite its common name, the New Zealand Mountain flax, Phormium cookianum is found throughout New Zealand on coastal slopes to above treeline, among scrub or grasses. Phormium cookianum is smaller than the New Zealand flax Phormium tenax and has leaves with more droop whereas Phormium tenax leaves are more stiff and erect. The seed capsules of the Phormium cookianum are drooping and twisted and not erect and angled as in P.tenax. The flowers are a source of nectar for the native birds, especially the tui and the bellbird. Most of the flax cultivars are derived from Phormium cookianum.
The image is of our 7cn Pots that are currently reduced from $6.99 to $3.99 ea
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.
Chionochloa flavicans - are fantastic tough low maintenance grasses with shapely foliage all year and drooping small toi toi flowers in summer. Drought and wind tolerant The perfect plant and forget plant. Great for mass planting, along walls or on banks and love the sun and free-draining soil.
This compact, evergreen, ball-shaped NZ native shrub produces small white flowers in early summer. Because of its naturally tight habit, it is useful for low-hedging, an excellent specimen or contrast plant against other foliage. Prefers sun to part-shade. Hardy.
Pachystegia Insignis known as the Malborough Rock Daisy is a hardy New Zeraland native evergreen that is chosen for its striking, silver grey foliage. In summer white daisy like flowers smother the plant. Pachystegia Insignis naturally occur on dry, rocky coastal areas, making it tolerant to strong winds. For it to thrivr in the home garden it requires excellent drainage. Grows to a height of 60cm and a width of 60cms.
Sand coprosma. A groundcover coprosma found naturally near the coast throughout New Zealand. It forms a tight, tangled mound of brown foliage. An excellent plant for dry coastal conditions.Height 30cm x 1m
Deep-bronze, fern-like leaves cover this mat-forming groundcover. Very small, green flowers emerge above the foliage from mid-spring until mid-summer, producing a sweet, honeydew scent. Use as a garden edging, in between paving stones, in rockeries and garden borders. Position in full sun/part-shade. Plant in moist, well-drained soil, and prevent from drying out in summer. Evergreen. 15cm x 40cm.
Pimelea prostrata, commonly known as New Zealand daphne, is a small mat forming plant found from North Cape to the Bluff on the coast or in mountains scrambling happily over rocks and flowering through summer. Minute 2-12mm, dull green, ovate to elliptic-oblong leaves, margins often red, arranged in four neat ranks along wiry stems. Frangrant white or blue flowers in small crowded heads. Followed by small white berries. Excellent for growing around or over rocks.
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.
One of the smaller growing flax available, this cute little plant has twisted, erect leaves that have an ovreall olive bronzy colouration. Generally the leaves are brown bronze with a yellow-green central stripe with the leaf margin and keeled mid-rib being black. Will for am thick clump. Grows to a height of 80cm. No minimum number required. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting us.
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