Plants

The profiles of native plants that are provided below are based on our experience of having grown the vast majority of these species, most of which we have also viewed in the wild. It is important to see plants in nature, to gain an understanding of the conditions that have shaped them, and also of the aesthetics of natural plant communities.

In addition to our interest in expanding the use of native plants, we utilise a significant range of exotic species within our work - notably for seasonality and flowering performance. However, we have limited these plant profiles to native species, as a considerable number of worthwhile members of our flora are still little-known (and under-utilised within landscape design).

The most recent plant profile to be added, in November 2017, concerns a dwarf sedge (with burgundy-coloured leaves) from damp montane areas, called Carex berggrenii. Upcoming profiles will be added in December 2017 and January 2018, on an attractive, yellow-flowered shrub from the East Coast, Brachyglottis perdicioides, and a critically endangered groundcover with white flowers and the ungainly title of Mazus novaezeelandiae subsp. impolitus f. hirtus.

 


How to use these plant profiles

Each page is devoted to one genus (for example, Pimelea), and within a single page there may be descriptions of several species - for example, within the page on Pimelea, we currently have profiles on four different native species. Bear this in mind if you are interested in a particular species; it may be described in the lower part of the page.

For ease of use, we have separated the plant profiles into distinct categories (such as 'ferns' or 'climbers'), based on the growth habits of certain horticulturally significant members of each genus. These divisions are not always 'hard and fast'; for example, some genera contain both shrubs and climbers. They are simply intended to assist readers in finding information of particular interest to them.

 


Trees and shrubs

Climbers

 

Herbs and low-growing shrubs

Flax and lily-like plants

Grasses, sedges and rush-like plants

Ferns

 


 

 


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