Native to New Zealand, the spiky amber stems of Libertia make a dramatic and unexpected statement in your urban garden. Fragrant white blossoms, which appear in the spring, only add to the allure of this unusual plant. Seeds are available at Plant World Seeds for $3 per packet. {gardenista}

Native to New Zealand, the spiky amber stems of Libertia make a dramatic and unexpected statement in your urban garden. Fragrant white blossoms, which appear in the spring, only add to the allure of this unusual plant. Seeds are available at Plant World Seeds for $3 per packet. {gardenista}

Underside of Silver Fern ponga. This unique New Zealand fern became an icon on NZ butter, cheese, tobacco and the railcar on the Main Trunk Line between Auckland and Wellington. NZ was once known as Fernland.

Underside of Silver Fern ponga. This unique New Zealand fern became an icon on NZ butter, cheese, tobacco and the railcar on the Main Trunk Line between Auckland and Wellington. NZ was once known as Fernland.

Metrosideros Excelsa, Pohutukawa, New Zealand Christmas tree.

Metrosideros Excelsa, Pohutukawa, New Zealand Christmas tree.

Tree fern plants grow in a variety of habitats, although most are found in damp shady sites beneath tree canopies, growing in well drained rich loamy soils up the sides of gullies in New Zealand native bush.

Tree fern plants grow in a variety of habitats, although most are found in damp shady sites beneath tree canopies, growing in well drained rich loamy soils up the sides of gullies in New Zealand native bush.

The cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape, especially on farms. They grow all over the country, but prefer wet, open areas like swamps; they have lovely scented flowers in early summer, which turn into bluish-white berries that birds love to eat. Growing 12 to 20 metres high, cabbage trees have long narrow leaves that may be up to a metre long.

The cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape, especially on farms. They grow all over the country, but prefer wet, open areas like swamps; they have lovely scented flowers in early summer, which turn into bluish-white berries that birds love to eat. Growing 12 to 20 metres high, cabbage trees have long narrow leaves that may be up to a metre long.

The flowers of a rare NZ native, Tecomanthe by flyingkiwigirl

The flowers of a rare NZ native, Tecomanthe by flyingkiwigirl

Pohutakawa Tree flower - tree in the play should be covered in these to make it look realistic. these could be created out of thread/string, or I could look for fake Pohutakawa flowers

Pohutakawa Tree flower - tree in the play should be covered in these to make it look realistic. these could be created out of thread/string, or I could look for fake Pohutakawa flowers

Kowhai Flowers (Sophora tetraptera; Fabaceae). NZ native flowers and leaves. Clear cut white background, New Zealand (NZ).

Kowhai Flowers (Sophora tetraptera; Fabaceae). NZ native flowers and leaves. Clear cut white background, New Zealand (NZ).

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