Below is a selection of articles that Philip Smith of O2 Landscapes has written, or the work of O2 Landscapes has been featured in. In addition to contributing articles for other periodicals, Philip wrote the planting guide for Landscape Architecture NZ magazine (formerly Landscape New Zealand) for 8 years (from 2007 to 2015). Since 2012, this took the form of a series of twelve regional planting guides of New Zealand (from Northland southwards), which are provided herein.

In October 2015, Potton and Burton released Vernacular - the book that Philip worked on from 2013 to 2015 (in collaboration with David Straight). The subject of this title is the beauty and interest that exists within our everyday landscapes; particularly as a resource for generating landscape design. Further information about 'Vernacular' is available at the website,

In 2011, the work of O2 Landscapes was featured in a book on the use of New Zealand plants within landscape design, entitled 'Native by Design'.

We would like to acknowledge the kind permission of all publishers who have allowed us to reproduce articles herein. In all cases, all copyright is retained by the original publisher and/or author.

Click on the links below to open PDFs of each publication.

 Our Landdownloads: 1032 | type: pdf | size: 399 kB

In this issue of HOME New Zealand magazine (Oct/Nov 2015), Jeremy Hansen interviewed Philip about 'Vernacular', the book that Philip wrote in collaboration with photographer, David Straight. This was one of several pieces that were written about the book at the time of its release, including favourable reviews in Urbis, the Sunday Star-Times and a number of other publications.

 Skulduggery at Cosy Nookdownloads: 1215 | type: pdf | size: 411 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Autumn 2015

Southland represents the last stage for the regional planting guides; a series that has been very enjoyable to compile (involving many trips around the country to research and photograph particular plants and ecologies from different areas), and that we hope makes a contribution towards better understanding of our regional floras, and how they may be utilised within landscape architecture.

 Upon the upland roaddownloads: 1137 | type: pdf | size: 496 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Summer 2014

The varied landscapes of Otago, from the extremely dry interior of Central Otago to the milder, maritime environments of the coastline are explored in this planting guide. For the purposes of researching and gaining images for this guide, Philip made a special trip to Otago and Southland.

 A long shadowdownloads: 1177 | type: pdf | size: 519 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Spring 2014

This regional planting guide looks at the flora of Canterbury, with a particular focus on the effect of the 'rain shadow' that occurs on the eastern side of the Southern Alps (and the dryland ecologies that have developed in response to this).

 Metamorphosisdownloads: 1158 | type: pdf | size: 501 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Winter 2014

For anyone interested in our native flora, the Nelson region is one of the most fascinating parts of the country. Its array of special plants, many of which are valuable for landscape work, is the subject of this regional planting guide.

 The orogenous zonedownloads: 1140 | type: pdf | size: 475 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Autumn 2014

A plethora of distinctive environments has arisen within the region covered in this planting guide, Marlborough, as a result of the active mountain-building phase known as the Kaikoura Orogeny (as well as the differing geologies laid down before the mountains started to rise).

 Capital punishmentdownloads: 1219 | type: pdf | size: 469 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Summer 2013

Wellington's interesting regional flora was the subject of this guide, in which the influence of wind was an obviously important factor.

 From dunelands to goblin forestsdownloads: 1197 | type: pdf | size: 440 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Spring 2013

This regional planting guide looks into the diverse environments from Taranaki to Manawatu, which include the montane vegetation of Mt Taranaki and the extensive parabolic dune systems of the Manawatu coast.

 Eastern promisesdownloads: 1576 | type: pdf | size: 396 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Winter 2013

This planting guide covers regions on the eastern side of the North Island; primarily the East Coast and Hawkes Bay.

 A history of violencedownloads: 1378 | type: pdf | size: 446 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Autumn 2013

The planting guides' inexorable southward march continues; this time considering plants from the centre of the North Island, where volcanic activity is not just an artefact of the past.

 Through the looking glassdownloads: 1429 | type: pdf | size: 320 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Summer 2012

The regional planting guides continue to move south, with this account of plants of the Waikato. In addition, Philip's image of Sporadanthus traversii was used for the cover of this issue.

 A second lookdownloads: 1554 | type: pdf | size: 307 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Spring 2012

This is the second instalment in the series of regional planting guides, in which Philip looks into plants of Auckland.

 Tail of the Fishdownloads: 1507 | type: pdf | size: 279 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Winter 2012

This was the first of an ongoing series of regional planting guides (spread over the following three years), whose purpose is to encourage landscapers to look into their own distinctive local plants.

 Golden glowdownloads: 1568 | type: pdf | size: 302 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Spring 2011

In this planting guide, Philip highlighted regional diversity amongst kowhai - an important topic considering the need to avoid excessive hybridisation between our eight distinctive species of Sophora.

 Out to Seadownloads: 2169 | type: pdf | size: 1 MB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Summer 2009

This article, from the latter end of 2009, profiles O2 Landscapes' coastal garden at Leigh, with a special focus on the use of drystone walls and concretework, as well as the place of threatened native species within the garden.

 A better class of weeddownloads: 2504 | type: pdf | size: 263 kB

Landscape Architecture NZ magazine; Summer 2009

This planting guide concerned native species that have the ability to colonise the human landscape effectively, and emerge spontaneously as native 'weeds'. They can teach us interesting lessons, and many are especially gardenworthy subjects, on account of their resilience.

 Softly softlydownloads: 1935 | type: pdf | size: 486 kB

In this article of 2008, HOME New Zealand magazine profiled our gully garden in Parnell.

 Islands of Diversitydownloads: 2266 | type: pdf | size: 1 MB

'The Garden' ; Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society; November 2006

In 2006, Philip Smith wrote an article for 'The Garden', on plants and habitats of New Zealand, as part of a New Zealand special within the November issue. We consider 'The Garden', as the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, to be the foremost garden publication in the world, and as such the opportunity to have work published within it was a great honour. We would like to thank the editors of 'The Garden' and photographers whose work contributed to the article (Andris Apse, Gil Hanly, Rob Lucas and Derek Fell), for their kind permission to reproduce the article on the O2 Landscapes website. We would also like to thank Dive Tutukaka for the reproduction of their image of the Poor Knights Islands.

 Greening the Citydownloads: 2254 | type: pdf | size: 483 kB

Greening the City 2003 - The suitability of a native grass species, Microlaena stipoides, for use as an amenity turfgrass in the Auckland region. Contribution towards the 2003 "Greening the City" conference, held by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.