House Done – It’s Time to Go Native

So, why plan your planting early? Because it means that once the windows are in, the cladding’s been painted, drains and spouting done, and driveway marked out, you can start to get stuck in to specific areas. And the sooner you plant, the sooner they grow and begin filling out spaces and softening exteriors.

Once you’ve ticked the boxes on your architectural design and you’ve got your build rolling, it’s a good time to step up and smell the corokias. Say what? We’re talking landscaping speak, which although is something that mostly gets planted out at the end of your project, it’s something that can be planned in advance. And, the great news is, you don’t need a physical building to plan it in and around – simply go off your drawings. Easy!

Whilst there’ll be a garden genre/fit for every home, we’re currently in the business of native speak – dishing out Kiwi plant advice to a few clients who are hoping to up the anti on homeland planting around their new spaces. We’re not plant or landscaping experts, but we do appreciate the language of landscaping done well, and native trees and shrubs that lend themselves to the home environment – and don’t detract from its architectural speak.

So, what are our clients planting in their new scapes?

  • A combination of corokia, hebes and flaxes – think Jack Sprat, Chocolate Fingers and Thumbelina – which all compliment and contrast in shades of ruddy browns, warm purples, soft greys and rich greens.
  • Hedges and backdrops – in Griselinia Lucida which has a larger leaf – unlike the broadway mint which is more commonly used.
  • Manuka hedges – both white and red varieties.
  • Titoki – as a stand-alone feature tree (won’t drop leaves), also makes an ideal hedging tree.
  • Chatham Island Forget-me-not, which is ideal for our beachside/coastal clients wanting a glossy, large leaf plant that clumps.
  • Pittosporum – such a Mountain Green – ideal for hedges, Tom Thumb – which is dense, slow growing, but provides good contrast in colour with small reddish-brown leaves.
  • Tussock speak, for dry sites – a silver tussock like Poa Cita is ideal, for damp ground, Juncus Edgariae grows well. For an eye-catching grass – Carex Albula – is a pale, pale silvery green.
  • If you’re wanting a glossy native climber, you can’t go past Tecomanthe Speciose – famously discovered on Three Kings Island in 1946, it is one of the rarest in the world – and with its creamy white flowers and dark glossy leaves, we think one of the most attractive too!

Happy native landscaping!