Pohutakawa - New Zealand's Christmas flower as it blooms in December

Pohutakawa Tree - if the tree flowers early it's going to be a good summer, if it flowers late, it's not :)

The South Island Kowhai is just one of eight varieties of the native tree - NZ

The South Island Kowhai is just one of eight varieties of the native tree - flowers in early springtime, NZ

Kidney fern is a filmy fern species native to New Zealand. It commonly grows on the forest floor of open native bush but will grow on the trunks of trees in damp conditions. It has a distinctive kidney shape frond which stands about 5-10 cm tall. They shrivel when they dry out, but open up again when moisture returns

Kidney fern is a filmy fern species native to New Zealand. It commonly grows on…

Nikau palm, the only palm endemic to New Zealand, with it's 'fruit salad' (the fruit changes colours).

Nikau palm, the only palm endemic to New Zealand, with it's 'fruit salad' (the fruit changes colours) are found in North and South Islands.

Clematis paniculata NZ native bush Clematis, puawhananga, white Clematis

Clematis paniculata NZ native bush Clematis, puawhananga, white Clematis - for the fence

Puawhanaunga - New Zealand White Clematis. Stunning! Good for trellis?

Puawhanaunga - New Zealand White Clematis - flowers in springtime, adds a touch of beauty to all the forest greenery.

Libertia ixioides Taupo Sunset [more info here: http://www.cistus.com/mail_order/plant_catalog/h-l.html ]

Libertia ixioides ‘Taupo Sunset’ is available at Digging Dog Mail Order Nursery. This captivating New Zealand native, named for its colorful blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, belongs to the Iris family.

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