Small Front Entrance Garden

Here is a small garden beside the path to the front door and under two windows. The clients wanted a Yucca included, as well as grasses and native flaxes.
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Libertia ixioides (mikoikoi). New Zealand native iris. It grows 60cm x 50cm and has lovely small white flowers which are striking against the strong architectural leaves.

Libertia ixioides (mikoikoi). New Zealand native iris. It grows 60cm x 50cm and has lovely small white flowers which are striking against the strong architectural leaves.

Carex flagellifera 'Frosted Curls'. A very hardy dwarf grass that will tolerate just about any conditions. It grows to about 40cm x 50cm. It is a lovely green colour fading to white ends. It will soften the stronger spikey green plants of the Flax and Yucca/Cabbage tree.

Carex flagellifera 'Frosted Curls'. A very hardy dwarf grass that will tolerate just about any conditions. It grows to about 40cm x 50cm. It is a lovely green colour fading to white ends. It will soften the stronger spikey green plants of the Flax and Yucca/Cabbage tree.

Phormium cookianum 'Greensleeves'. A cute, dwarf growing flax that grows approximately 1m x 1m. It will work well with the feature plant of a Yucca or Cabbage tree.

Phormium cookianum 'Greensleeves'. A cute, dwarf growing flax that grows approximately 1m x 1m. It will work well with the feature plant of a Yucca or Cabbage tree.

The before photo. A slightly raised garden beside the entrance path to the front door. A blank canvas!!

The before photo. A slightly raised garden beside the entrance path to the front door. A blank canvas!!

Mondo grass. Both varieties pictured here - Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Dragon', the dark red variety, and Ophiopogon japonicus, the green variety. You could use either one, but I think the green variety would look better with the other colours used in the garden.

Mondo grass. Both varieties pictured here - Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Dragon', the dark red variety, and Ophiopogon japonicus, the green variety. You could use either one, but I think the green variety would look better with the other colours used in the garden.

Possible dwarf shrub - Metrosideros 'Tahiti' - dwarf pohutukawa. Grows about 1m x 1m and has gorgeous red/orange flower and silver/grey foliage with reddish stems. Makes a great contrast to dwarf flaxes and native grasses.

Possible dwarf shrub - Metrosideros 'Tahiti' - dwarf pohutukawa. Grows about 1m x 1m and has gorgeous red/orange flower and silver/grey foliage with reddish stems. Makes a great contrast to dwarf flaxes and native grasses.

Scleranthus biflorus, New Zealand native moss. A very low growing ground cover, that almost forms a green spongy cushion. If it starts to brown off in the middle, carefully push it down so the roots can re-establish in the ground.

Scleranthus biflorus, New Zealand native moss. A very low growing ground cover, that almost forms a green spongy cushion. If it starts to brown off in the middle, carefully push it down so the roots can re-establish in the ground.

Yucca, to be planted between the two windows as the feature. Alternatively, you could plant a Cordyline.

Yucca, to be planted between the two windows as the feature. Alternatively, you could plant a Cordyline.

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