New Zealand flax - Dramatic sword-like foliage of easy-to-grow perennial (Phormium tenax) adds structural element to garden. The plant's upright or arching leaves reach 9 feet long and come in green, bronze or maroon. It tolerates wide variety of soil types and is drought tolerant, although the plant performs just as well with regular watering. Fast-growing plant as an annual in the spring and summer garden. Plant in a full-sun location with good drainage. Hardiness: USDA Zones: 7 to 10
Manuka [honey] - Leptospermum scoparium - New Zealand Tea Tree / Manuka Tea Tree (in the 'bottle brush' family of plants). The flowers are all but irresistible to bees. Grow in full sun / part sun in well-drained soil. Hardy. Eventual height and spread: 3m x 2m (approx 10ft x 6ft 6in).
Libertia peregrinans 'Gold Leaf' (new zealand iris) -- this evergreen “flag” makes spreading clumps of plants, to 18” tall, with dainty, iris-like foliage tinted a golden-orange that is more intense in winter. Slightly lean soil and bright light for best color. White spring flowers produce clusters of black fruit, attractive against the foliage. Able to withstand wet soil and all but severe drought. Another good container specimen and/or knitter. Frost hardy to the low end of USDA zone 8.