Larger Informal Native garden.
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.
Uses: Large Informal Native garden.
South island Kowhai' Fern like foliage with golden flowers. More suited to moister areas. A great tree to be planted in the garden against other trees and shrubs If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting us.
Kanuka is a fast growing tree found throughout New Zealand in forest and scrub. The leaves are softer to touch than Manuka and has 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 slopesto above treeline, among scrub or grasses. Phormium cookianum is smaller than the New Zealand flax Phormium tenax and has more drooping leaves. Phormium tenax leaves are more stiff and erect. The seed capsules of the Phormium cookianum are droping 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.
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.
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.
Tough low maintenance grass 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
This compact ball-shaped NZ native shrub produces small white flowers early summer. Because of its naturally tight habit it is useful for low hedging and is an excellent specimen or contrast plant against other foliage. Sun to part-shade. Hardy. Evergreen
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 goundcover. Very small green flowers amerge above the foliage from mid spring until mid summer producing a sweet honey dew scent. Use as a garden edging, inbetween paving stones, in rockeries and garden borders. Position in full sun part shade. Plant in moist well drained soil, not letting it dry 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.
This is a compact hebe that forms 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.