Podocarpus Matapouri Blue is an attractive grey – blue coloured selection which has attractive year round coloured leaves. Grows into a typical pyrimidial conifer shape which makes it useful for hedging. Can be easily trimmed to a required size.
Naturally totara is a light grey green colour, and there is the less common form of golden totara called Podocarpus totara Aurea.
Its dense growth habit means it can also be used as topiary or just a nice specimen plant.
If you are looking for drought tolerant plant for a shade or sunny position in your garden then Liriope muscari is an good choice.
Liriope muscari, also known as Lily Turf, is a perennial which flowers in mid summer to early autumn. Flowers are usually purple or pink tones with a few rarer white flowering selections. It grows to a height of 25 to 30cm and 40cm wide. Most of the varieties have mid to dark green narrow leaves but there are a few varieties with yellow or white striped variegation.
It is an evergreen plant with reliable leaf colour which makes it a good flowering plants for dry sunny areas. Will grow in semi shade or full sun. Prefers well drained soil from sandy through to medium loamy soils.
Common varieties are..
Liriope muscari ‘Gold Band” – olive green leaves with yellow edges. Blue/mauve flowers.
Liriope Evergreen Giant – A taller growing variety getting to 20cm tall leaves. Purple flower spike in summer
Liriope muscari Munroes White … a white flowering selection.
Liriope ‘Samantha’ has mauve pink flowers and strappy green leaves
Liriope muscari Silver Ribbon has attractive dark green strap-like leaves which have cream coloured edges. Mid summer has spikes of purple lilac flowers.
So for low maintenance drought tolerant plants Liriope muscari is worth looking at. Here is a list of our current availability
For a hedge which is reliable in colour and grows tidily a camellia sasanqua hedge is hard to look past. They have the added bonus that they flower reliably in autumn to winter giving colour to a garden when your summer flowering plants have finished their show.
A Camellia sasanqua hedge will be available in a variety of heights and shades of green with many different flower colours white, pinks through to reds, as singles and doubles
Camellia sasanqua Setsugekka is often used as a hedging camellia in New Zealand gardens. In late winter to early spring it displays single white flowers. It is a camellia with an upright growth habit so is a very useful plant for boundary hedges or screening.
Camellia sasanqua Early Pearly can be used as a hedging camellia in New Zealand gardens. In autumn it produces small double white flowers edged with a touch of soft pink in autumn. Upright growth to 2m tall and 1.5m wide if not pruned.
Camellia Waterlily is a lovely reliable camellia with small to medium bright pink formal double flowers resembling a waterlily. Has late winter to spring flowering. Strong upright growth to about 2m x 1.5m. Is not a sasanqua type but is used as a hedge in New Zealand.
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Lavender is a plant traditionally used in formal european gardens, especially english, spanish and french. The well known Lavender dentata, known as French Lavender is very aromatic with typical lavender scent. A Lavender hedge makes a reliable, scented addition to your spring flowering garden
Available this autumn are the following varieties.
Lavandula stoechas ‘Alba’ (White Spanish Lavender) whihch has narrow leaves which are grey-green in colour. White flowers in spring are surrounded by white bracts.
Lavendula stoechas ‘Bella Rose’ grows into a compact lavender covered in flowers of dark-pink flowers topped with rose coloured wings during autumn to spring. It grows to a height of 50cm is is suitable in a dry bank, rockery or as a colourful hedge.
Lavender Lavance Blue is a multi- branched compact lavender which is suitable as informal hedge. Scented deep purple – blue flowers during summer. Useful plant use as a cut flower or drying
Lavender angustifolia Hidcote has nice deep lavender blue flowers which are lightly scented. Suitable as a hedge or for drying as potpourri. Grows to about 30 to 35cm. A popular selected form of English Lavender
Lavender angustifolia Munstead Blue has nice lavender blue flowers,Suitable as a hedge or for drying as potpourri. Likes full sun and good drainage. A popular selected form of English Lavender
Lavendula Light Series grows into a compact lavender covered in mauve flowers during autumn to spring.
If you are interested in purchasing lavender plants online click to view current availability
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