Having a native look doesn't mean you can’t achieve a slick and formal design. Broadleaf can be kept as a low, tight hedge with a twice-yearly trim, while the architectural quality of the Lancewood creates dramatic structure underplanted with the formality of the Pittosporum Golfball. Keep the Broadleaf low and this will contain the garden bed well (and also hide any weeds in case you haven't had a chance to get in the garden recently). Low-maintenance and a great idea for planting in a narrow garden bed. The Lancewoods are a stunning plant and, due to their slender juvenile form, require minimum space to be planted. This combination is hardy, and very tolerant to wind if you find yourself coastal or in exposed areas.
Width required: At least 2m
Hedge - Griselinia littoralis (Broadleaf) - 0.7m
Tree - Pseudopanax ferox - 15 m
Underplanting - Pittosporum Golfball - 1.5m
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Green
This is a simple plant combination for a formal native garden.
Griselinia Ardmore Emerald has much darker green foliage with a slightly smaller leaf than the straight Griselinia littoralis. The slightly smaller leaf makes it brilliant for hedging. It can be grown as a loose screen that will grow to 3m in height or a tight hedge kept at 1m. Griselinia Ardmore Emerald works well in all styles of garden, from Native to Contemporary.
A very tough plant that is easy to look after, grows in all parts of New Zealand, just make sure that it is planted in free draining soil.
The image is of our 3.3L pots - 60cms tall (above the pot)
Pseudopanax ferox is a small tree with a striking, juvenile form consisting of down-pointing, roundish, long, narrow and very tough leaves that have irregular blunt bumps along the edge. Upon maturity it grows into a bushy small tree, bearing long, narrow, leathery leaves that have a few teeth on the margin towards the tip and produces 8-9mm wide purple fruit. Reaches maturity at age 10-15, and can grow to a height of 6 metres.
Pittosporum Golf Ball is a neat forming, rounded New Zealand shrub. This plant is ideal for adding structure and architectural interest to the planting scheme and also makes a great low hedge. Small purple flowers appear in late spring and early summer with a swee, honey-like scent. Frost hardy and likes a spot in the full sun and partial shade with a moist, well-drained soil. Gets to a height of 1m in height, but can be trimmed to retain a smaller shape.
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