nz native ground covers - Coprosma acerosa Hawera

nz native ground covers - Coprosma acerosa Hawera

Bark path through the native tree ferns and kauri at Omaio garden, Matakana, New Zealand

Bark path through the native tree ferns and kauri at Omaio garden, Matakana, New Zealand

Pteris wallichiana is a rather impressive looking fern from the Himalaya region. Similar to our native bracken in its appearance it is far more exotic looking with its lovely dark brown stipes and large dark green fronds. The fronds can reach a height of 1.8 to 2 metres depending on the location. A moist free draining soil will give the best results, hardier than some ferns it is still recommended that you mulch the ground in late autumn.

Pteris wallichiana is a rather impressive looking fern from the Himalaya region. Similar to our native bracken in its appearance it is far more exotic looking with its lovely dark brown stipes and large dark green fronds. The fronds can reach a height of 1.8 to 2 metres depending on the location. A moist free draining soil will give the best results, hardier than some ferns it is still recommended that you mulch the ground in late autumn.

Blechnum penna-marina (Alpine hard fern): Forms a dense mat. Very hardy in both sun or shade. An excellent ground cover. W 1m x H20cm. nb needs plenty of water or some shade while establishing.

Blechnum penna-marina (Alpine hard fern): Forms a dense mat. Very hardy in both sun or shade. An excellent ground cover. W 1m x H20cm. nb needs plenty of water or some shade while establishing.

Libertia grandiflora	 Iris  This is the largest of the New Zealand Irises . Tall stems of pure white flowers are held up above the leaves in spring. These are followed by attractive golden seed capsules. Best in shaded or semi-shaded position although will grow in full sun.  Height 75cm

Libertia grandiflora Iris This is the largest of the New Zealand Irises . Tall stems of pure white flowers are held up above the leaves in spring. These are followed by attractive golden seed capsules. Best in shaded or semi-shaded position although will grow in full sun. Height 75cm

NZ Blueberry, Turutu .. Grows to 50cm tall to 30cm wide, its tiny white flowers are followed by bright blue berries in Summer. Effective planted in groups

NZ Blueberry, Turutu .. Grows to 50cm tall to 30cm wide, its tiny white flowers are followed by bright blue berries in Summer. Effective planted in groups

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