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GRISELINIA lucida - Puka, Akapuka
A very tough, wind-hardy native plant whose natural habitat is rocky coastal sites (in nature, it often starts life as an epiphyte). Similar to Kapuka, but with bigger leaves, excellent for screens, shelter or mixed plantings
Evergreen - 2m x 1m

HEBE Mary Antoinette
Attractive spreading shrub producing dainty flowers spring to late autumn, opening cerise and shading through pink to white. Great mass planted or used as a small, clipped hedge. Easy to grow, thriving in any reasonable conditions, in full sun or semi shade, but avoid wet sites. Cut back by one third after flowering, to keep bush compact and bring on more flowers. Feed with a general fertiliser at the time of cutting back.
Evergreen - 50cm x 75cm

HEBE Oratia Beauty
A compact hebe with deep green leaves and summer flowers starting as pink buds, fading to white as the flower opens. Great mass planted or used as a small, clipped hedge. Easy to grow, thriving in any reasonable conditions, in full sun or semi shade, but avoid wet sites. Feed with general fertiliser and cut back after flowering to keep compact.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

HEBE stricta - Koromiko
A larger hebe with long, narrow leaves and large white (occasionally bluish tinted) flowers in erect 7-15cm spikes in summer. Fast growing and tough, often used in revegetation projects. Thrives in most conditions, in sun or semi-shade, but avoid wet sites. If used in a garden situation, trim back by a third after flowering and feed with a general fertiliser.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

HEBE Wiri Mist
A compact, spreading shrub, which becomes a mass of dainty white flowers late spring. Very disease resistant. Great mass planted or used as a small, clipped hedge. Easy to grow, thriving in any reasonable conditions, in full sun or semi shade, but avoid wet sites. Cut back by one third after flowering, to keep bush compact and bring on more flowers. Feed with a general fertiliser at the time of cutting back.
Evergreen - 50cm x 80cm

HYDRANGEA Snowball
Compact, rounded, white flowers make this hydrangea stand out. Perfect for borders, in a pot on the patio or as a specimen plant. Feed and prune in late winter to encourage larger flower heads. Takes sun or shade, but flowers last longer in shade. Needs well drained soils with adequate summer moisture.
Deciduous - 60cm x 60cm

HYDRANGEA macrophylla Blue Wave
A medium sized shrub with big heads of showy summer flowers surrounded by large, blue to pinkish florets. Lovely in a border or under large trees. For larger flower heads, feed and prune in late winter. Takes sun or shade but flowers last longer in shade; needs well drained soil with adequate summer moisture. For good blue flowering apply acid or aluminium sulphate fertiliser.
Deciduous - 1m x 1.5m

HYDRANGEA macrophylla Mrs Kumiko (PVR)
A small shrub smothered in big soft pink summer flowers with frilly margins. Use in pots, borders and for underplanting large trees. For larger flower heads, feed and prune in late winter. Takes sun or shade, but flowers last longer in shade; needs well drained soils with adequate summer moisture. To ensure a beautiful shade of pink apply lime or superphosphate fertiliser.
Deciduous - 1m x 1m

MACROPIPER excelsum - Kawakawa
A native shrub, densely branched with aromatic, heart shaped leaves, traditionally used in Maori remedies. Tiny flowers are followed by bird attracting spikes of bright orange fruit in summer. Great for use in native border plantings, as a revegetation nurse plant or for hedging. Plant in sun or shade; copes with damp (not wet) or dry conditions and coastal winds.
Evergreen - 3m x 3m

MELICYTUS ramiflorus - Mahoe, Whiteywood
Mahoe is a fast-growing native with a sprawley multi-stemmed habit. Mature trunks and branches are distinctively white. A must for revegetation planting where its rapid growth will protect other species and smother weed growth. Birds love the small purple berries on the female trees in late summer. Will grow in full sun or partial shade, and dry to damp soils.
Evergreen - 5m x 3m

MERYTA sinclairii - Puka
Multi-branched and round headed when mature; very popular in tropical gardens or mixed plantings, or as a shade tree on the lawn. Huge leaves make a clacking noise when blowing in the wind. Shiny black berries in summer attract birds, especially kereru (wood pigeons). Frost tender, wind hardy, suits normal to dry soils. May need occasional spray with insecticide.
Evergreen - 4m x 3m

MYRSINE australis - Matipo
Also known as mapau, mapou and red matipo, this plant is very familiar to most people but often confused with Pittosporum tenuifolium. It is easily distinguished by its red stems. Matipo is very under-used. It is good for hedges and screens, mixed plantings, revegetation projects and under-planting of established trees. Grows in dry to damp soils, strong winds, full sun and quite deep shade. Berries attract birds.
Evergreen - 3m x 2m

OPHIOPOGON planiscapus Nigrescens - Black Mondo Grass
Striking dark purple to black grass with dainty white or lilac flowers in summer, followed by tiny black berries. Use it to provide beautiful contrast in ground cover or garden edge plantings. Looks great in pots or as under planting. Prefers semi shade, but will take full sun. Dry soil conditions are best.
Evergreen - 30cm x 25cm

PIMELEA prostrata Blue Peter - New Zealand Daphne
Native, mat forming ground cover with tiny, white starry, fragrant summer flowers and attractive blue foliage. Great in rockeries or for mass plantings to cover banks and retaining walls. Grows in full sun and part shade, coastal hardy and happy in dry soils, but needs protection from frost.
Evergreen - 15cm x 1m

RHOPALOSTYLIS sapida - Nikau Palm
NZ's elegant native palm, with smooth, straight trunk growing to 8m-plus, crowned by feather-like 3m-long fronds. Spectacular lilac to cream flowers form in clusters up to 60cm long through summer, followed by brilliant red fruit, which ripen a year or more later. Being a bush dweller, the nikau likes a shady situation and shelter when young, but later becomes tolerant of sun, wind and coastal conditions. Slow growing. Beautiful planted in a grove.
Evergreen - 4m x 1.5m @ 10 years

 
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