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McKechnie Nurseries
McKechnie Nurseries, Robinson Road, Coatesville, RD3, Albany
Ground covers List   Records 1 - 20 of 35

ACAENA inermis Purpurea - Purple Bidibid
A rapidly growing, bright purple/pink ground cover with attractive ferny foliage creating a mat effect. Easy care and will hold its colour year-round in full sun or semi shade. Wind resistant but slightly frost tender; prefers well-drained soils.
Evergreen - 2cmh x 30cmw

A beautiful agapanthus with dwarf foliage and months of sky blue blooms over summer. An excellent, easy grower perfect for trouble free mass plantings that will add maximum colour to the garden for minimum effort. Grows in most conditions, sun to semi shade and is hardy to frost.
Evergreen - 50cm x 50cm

ANEMANTHELE lessoniana - Gossamer Grass, Sand Wand Grass
A beautiful native grass, forming vigorous but graceful clumps which wave in the wind. Feathery flower heads appear in spring. Grows in sun or shade; leaves are green in the shade, but golden brown in the sun. Needs free draining soil, and tolerates very dry sites. Great mass planted.
Evergreen - 80cm x 80cm

ARTHROPODIUM cirratum Matapouri Bay - Reinga Lily
Forms a small, flax-like clump with broad, blue-hued leaves, topped in summer by masses of starry white flowers on long stems. Ideal mass planted on shady banks, in borders, rock gardens and under trees. Prefers shade, but will grow in full sun. Frost tender, tolerant of coastal conditions. NB: Leaves often eaten by slugs or snails when young.
Evergreen - 70cm x 70cm

ASPLENIUM bulbiferum - Hen & Chickens Fern
An easy-to-grow fern for full or partial shade. Tolerates dry soils but prefers moist conditions. New foliage is bright green and darkens as it ages. Fernlets (the 'chickens') develop on older leaves. These can be plucked off and grown. Frost tolerant.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

ASTELIA banksii - Wharawhara
A New Zealand native flax-like plant with curving silvery-green leaves and panicles of fragrant, pale green flowers on 50cm stems. On female plants, the flowers produce greenish-white fruit which become magenta-purple when mature. Tolerant of dry soils and coastal extremes; does best in a location which avoids the hottest midday sun.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

ASTELIA chathamica - Chatham Is. Astelia
An attractive tufted, flax-like plant, found naturally on the forest-floor or perched in trees. Silvery-green leaves make a dramatic contrast in mixed plantings, especially with purple or red foliaged plants. Small bird-attracting fruit follows inconspicuous flowers. Will grow in full sun, but prefers part or full shade; coastal hardy and needs well drained soils.
Evergreen - 1.3m x 1.3m

ASTELIA nervosa Westland
A New Zealand native flax-like plant with rusty reddish foliage and panicles of flowers appearing in summer. On female plants, the flowers produce greenish-white fruit, which become magenta-purple when mature. Likes open free draining soil, good air movement and partial shade.
Evergreen - 60cm x 60cm

BLECHNUM discolor - Piu Piu, Crown Fern
Grows in sunny to shady conditions but prefers some shade. Has long fronds, sprouting from a tufted crown, can develop a small trunk. Easy to grow.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

BLECHNUM novae-zelandiae - Kiokio
A small growing, vigorous native ground fern with ladder fronds. Doesn't mind a sunny position but avoid full midday sun. Also tolerates coastal conditions. Prefers moist soils and performs best when mulched.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

A very compact new dwarf semi-prostrate bottlebrush with small light green leaves and small red flower brushes in spring. Ideal for rockeries and tubs or for low hedges or garden edges. Reasonably hardy. Clipping will help maintain bushiness.
Evergreen - 40cm high x 80cm wide

CAREX comans Bronze
A graceful, arching, soft bronze (almost pinkish) native tussock, with long drooping seed heads. Very hardy; grows in full sun or part shade, and tolerates dry to damp conditions and frost. Cut back hard if it becomes untidy, or 'groom' to remove old foliage and flower heads. Great for mass plantings, especially when used with blue-grey grasses and plants with silver leaves, or red/bronze flaxes.
Evergreen - 40cm x 50cm

CAREX comans Frosted Curls
Attractive small-growing native grass for the garden, with frosted silver-green foliage and interesting curled top. Leaves curve to the ground in a graceful fountain shape. Hardy, tolerant of sun or part shade, dry conditions and frost. Cut back hard if it becomes untidy. Lovely mass planted or for edging paths.
Evergreen - 30cm x 50cm

CAREX dipsacea - Tahoata
A vigorous native grass with green foliage, slightly tinged with red. Quickly forms a rounded tussocky clump, making it ideal for planting in the garden, on banks or beside a pond. Extremely hardy, and tolerant of dry to wet sites; often used in native wetland plantings. Grows in sun or part shade. If plants become untidy, cut back hard or 'groom' to remove old foliage and flower heads.
Evergreen - 80cm x 80cm

CAREX lessoniana - Rautahi, Spreading Swamp Sedge
A tough, vigorous native grass, often used in wetland and native revegetation plantings. Ideal for stabilising stream banks. Extremely hardy and tolerant of damp or wet sites, but will also grow in normal soils, sun or part shade. Leaves are rich, bright to dark green, with harsh edges. Rautahi's wide creeping rhizome often results in a plant wider than it is high.
Evergreen - 1mh x 2mw

CAREX secta - Pukio
A large, vigorous native grass, ideal for planting in the garden or beside a pond, and used extensively in wetland and native revegetation plantings. Extremely hardy and tolerant of damp or wet sites, including shallow water or swamps. Grows in sun or part shade. If plants become untidy, cut back hard. They will recover rapidly with renewed vigour.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

CAREX testacea
Densely tufted native grass with green and brick-red foliage and long drooping, tassel-like flower heads. Hardy, surviving in full sun, frost, damp to dry conditions and harsh coastal conditions. Great mass planted; works well as a contrast to bronze flaxes. Plants which have become untidy can be cut back hard. They will soon regenerate.
Evergreen - 60cm x 50cm

CAREX virgata
Handsome, vigorous, bright green swamp sedge, which also grows quite happily on dry sites, in sun or semi-shade. It is very similar to Carex secta, but doesn't grow quite as large, and maintains a deeper green colour. Foliage is coarse and sharp edged. Useful in mass plantings, on banks, stream edges and in native wetland plantings. Plants which have become untidy can be cut back hard. They will soon regenerate.
Evergreen - 1.2m x 1m

COPROSMA acerosa Hawera
Tough, flat-growing native ground cover, forming a tight mat a small, olive-green leaves. Tolerant of drought, ocean spray, wind, sun or shade and most soils, including sandy, but avoid wet spots. Spreads prostrate, almost like a lawn, gradually mounding with age. Works well spilling over a wall.
Evergreen - 30cm high x 2m wide

COPROSMA acerosa Red Rock
An outstanding, rugged ground cover or wall spiller, forming a tight, tangled mat of dark reddish brown foliage with springy intertwining branchlets; especially useful for steep or difficult areas. Vigorous and hardy, tolerating drought, ocean spray, wind, full sun or shade. Happy in sandy soils and most others, except wet.
Evergreen - 30cm high x 1.5m wide

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