Wicked New Zealander with defensively formidable stilleto yelloowish leaves in a low dense mound. This is not only deer resistant but wild boar, komodo dragon and grizzly bear reisistant as well. This well armored Kiwi has dioecious white flowers in a showy yellow plume. Good deep drainage.
The largest of the Spaniard Grasses, this is native to sub-alpine montane grasslands on the South Island of New Zealand where it does experience snow. The plant forms large tussocks whose needle sharp blue-green leaves can reach 3' long. Perhaps best of all, it has a spike of soft yellow flowers up to 9' tall. Not a true grass but in the carrot family.
New Zealand Rock Lily. This is a neat little bronze-leafed version of a very easy plant. Typically inhabiting rocky sunny spots, this does great in the garden where a little bit of small scale detail is needed. Small white flowers on 8"-12" stems. This will clump and self-sow a bit. Deciduous.
This is thought to be an intergeneric hybrid between 2 of New Zealand's shrubby daisies. This gives a fabulous textural addition to the Mediterranean garden like some happy marriage of heather and rosemary. Small white flowers cluster at the tops of the stems. Good drainage, tolerant of some dry.
Fabulous foliage Fuchsia which Duane West found in New Zealand and selected for having the best flash of the multitudes he had driven by. Dan Hinkley named this 'Kiwi Sheen'.
Very rare groundcover species from Southland and Stewart Island, New Zealand where this is restricted to just 4 small coastal populations comprised of just 6 individual plants. The plants form flattened brown-gray rosettes - and spread by stolons in moist dune hollows. Our plants have green leaves which may refer to our soils or geography.
A mat-forming, creeping bit of amusement from New Zealand where it grows from Auckland south. This is related to the monster Gunnera of cast concrete leaf fame but is just a tad more manageable. Great at pond's edge in the shaded woodland and small pipecleaners of reddish flowers are a pleasant surprise.
Newer hybrid selection of this New Zealand Iris relative. Evergreen (except for hard winters) olive green foliage provides a grand setting for the numerous stems of small bright white flowers. This makes a clump pretty quickly and is great texture in the garden. This is a performer.
A superb compact and very floriferous plant we got from the sadly late Michael Wickenden at Cally Gardens in Scotland. This is just about the perfect little container plant with low, dense tuffets of deep green narrow blades of leaves and a profusion of small white flowers on short stems which retain interest long after flowering with their seed heads.
Excellent dwarf grass forming dense tussocks with dark seedheads bobbing on wiry stems. Choice little plant for the rock garden or trough and suitable for the open garden in that special little niche.
Nearly perfect little ground cover with tiny evergreen shamrock leaves and single white flowers sprinkled about for several weeks. Densely growing but not competitive - bulbs can grow up through it and it can grow around and under other plants. Lovely among stepping stones or edging a path. Easy to maintain and a testament to beauty in simplicity.
Sweet little groundcover whose double white flowers resemble fluffy bits of white popcorn strewn on the leaves. Perfect underplanting for other shade plants to pop up through and great between stepping stones. Gently spreading and not hard to keep in bounds. Darnn near perfect.
Scabweed. Don't you love common names? Unless of course you are trying to sell them. This alpine New Zealander is a very easy and very cool plant for a trough or rock garden. We saw this beautifully grownin the rock garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Hard flat white-silver mats with tiny cream dots of flowers in July.
Poor Knight's Lily. Crazy good plant endemic to 3 islands off of New Zealand's North Island where it grows in rocky outcrops. Evergreen sword leaves to 3' with stunning red bottlebrush flowers that are like nothing else. It is frost-sensitive and can take 15 years to flower but if potbound, you can shave some years off.The wait will be completely worth it.
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