This planting scheme is for a large contemporary garden - perhaps on a split-level building platform - designed to anchor and complement the style of the home but not compete with the views that this type of large contemporary home often enjoys. There isn’t a vast variety of plants here, but this is balanced by using larger quantities of each species in organised spaces. The majority of the plants are 1m high, keeping views open so that transitioning from house to garden is seamless. Plants are chosen for their texture, form and colour variation, with the only vertical profile provided by the textural forms of the grouped Fuscosporas and dramatic architectural lines of the Cordylines, which visually anchor the garden to the landscape. Rocky outcrops and pathways through shingly soil suit mass plantings of the groundcovers - which also helpfully act as weed suppressant blankets. Think big when planning this style of garden allowing for swathes and drifts of single varieties to show them off en mass. The scale of the garden means it is not initially a maintenance-free garden, but as shrubs fill out it will become easier to maintain. However, it is best kept well maintained to stay sharp, crisp and contemporary.
Plants and plant spacing:
Fuscospora Solandri 3m
Cordyline Australis 3m
Hebe Cupressoides 1.5m
Kunzea Ericoides 2m
Phormium Dark Delight 1.5
Pseudowintera Red Leopard 1.5
Chionochloa Rubra 1.2
Chionochloa Conspicua 1m
Libertia Peregrinans 50cm
Muehlenbeckia Axillaris 50cm
Scleranthus Biflorus 50cm
Raouli Hookeri 50cm
Foliage Colour: Greens, blacks, red, orange, silver and bronze.
Flower Colours: White neutral seed heads.
Uses:This planting scheme is for a large contemporary native garden - perhaps on a split level building. Designed to anchor and compliment the style of the home but not compete with the views that this type of large contemporary home enjoys of our mountainous landscape.
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.
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.
Pseudowintera Red Leopard - also known as Horopito and Pepper Tree. A hardy evergreen shrub that has lime-green foliage with rich burgundy markings that provide good foliar colour to the garden. As the days start to cool in autumn the foliage darkens to burgundy, making it a really good plant for winter interest. Plant in borders and containers. Used to form low hedging it may be trimmed to shape. Requires moist, free-draining soil in full sun or part shade.
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.
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Muehlenbeckia axillaris is a dense groundcover, with wiry stems and small, dark-green leaves. Muehlenbeckia axillaris flowers prolifically in summer, with masses of small, creamy flowers. Male and female flowers often occur on the same plant and the female flowers form small, opaque white fruit. It spreads along the ground and even underground. Grows to a height of 15cm and a width of 1m. Likes the full sun and tolerates dry situations. It also grows well in part-shade, provided that it is free draining.
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.
A compact groundcover with silvery foliage. Forms a tight spreading, wooly mat with yellow - green flowers. Prefers full sun, and good drainage. Perfect for a rock garden, retaining wall or that dry spot in your garden. 10cm x 50cm.
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.
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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