Austroderia (Toetoe): New Zealand's largest native grass, growing in clumps up to 3m in height. Drooping flower head, cream coloured plume, serrated leaf edges that can inflict cuts to the human skin. Not to be confused with Pampas, an invasive weed.

Austroderia (Toetoe): New Zealand's largest native grass, growing in clumps up to in height. Drooping flower head, cream coloured plume, serrated leaf edges that can inflict cuts to the human skin. Not to be confused with Pampas, an invasive weed.

Griselinia littoralis - H 6m x W 3m

Griselinia littoralis (Kapuka, broadleaf) - Good coastal and hedging plant. Does best in free draining soils.

Austroderia fulvida syn. Cortaderia fulvida - the smallest of the NZ native toetoe. 1.5m h x 1m w; full sun, drought tolerant.

Cortaderia fulvida - the smallest of the NZ native toetoe.

Acaena inermis purpurea - Purple Piripiri (Ground Cover) H 10cm x W 1m. Full sun, dry-moist, exposed.  Purple foliage, low growing prefers loose gritty soil and a sunny position. Feed well for best colour. If humidity is high, plant it in a windy, exposed site.

Acaena inermis purpurea (Purple Piripiri) - Purple foliage,low growing prefers loose gritty soil and a sunny position. Feed well for best colour. If humidity is high, plant it in a windy, exposed site.

Scleranthus biflorus

Scleranthus biflorus

Now that it's all moist and mossy out there, I frequently see moss that stops me in my tracks. There are just so many strange-good variat

Hebe La Seduisante - C18th cultivar, 1m x1m

Hebe La Seduisante - One of the first Hebe cultivars created by French botanists in the Century. It has an attractive purple tint in the large leaves and violet-purple flowers through Summer - Autumn.

Muehlenbeckia astonii - a robust plant! Photo by Craig Simcox

Muehlenbeckia astonii - a robust plant! Photo by Craig Simcox

Muehlenbeckia astonii/Tororaro - divaricating shrub, 2x2m; often leafless in winter. Full sun, exposed, well drained position.

Muehlenbeckia astonii/Tororaro - divaricating shrub, often leafless in winter.

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