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Rhopalostylis sapida : Pitt Island Nikau

The Pitt Island Nikau is quickly becoming favourite among designers and gardeners alike. Originating from Pitt Island (Chatham Islands), this variety of Nikau adapts incredibly well to our climate. Much faster growing than our mainland natives, this tall, slender palm looks fantastic amid a tropical background . Though very much cold hardy and stronger than other varieties of Nikau, this specimen boasts beautiful dark green upright foliage that truly sets it apart from the rest. Very tidy habit.

A perfect choice as a specimen tree or planted in spacial groups, the Pitt Island Nikau are tolerant of full sun, high wind, cold temperatures & coastal conditions. 




PLANT OF THE MONTH :

ONCE A MONTH WE WILL HIGHLIGHT A PLANT THAT IS BOTH SUITABLE AND STYLISH FOR THE TRADITIONAL AUCKLAND GARDEN. THIS MONTH OUR PLANT IS : 

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Escallonia ‘Pink Elle’ :

This beautiful American dwarf compact shrub, boasts vibrant glossy green leaves, massed with a brilliant display of pink bell-shaped flowers from late Spring to late Summer. As a fast growing shrub, it will develop into either a tight hedge, or can be used on mass to create a lush, colourful spread. Great as a potted specimen, or as informal topiary. This little gem prefers full sun to part shade, and enjoys well drained soil and can cope with coastal conditions. Frost tolerant and hardy, the Escallonia will transform any bland space into a vibrant triumph. 

 

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Ilex Altaclerensis Hendersonii : Holly

Another attractive Holly that boasts smooth-leaf foliage reminiscent of the gorgeous Ilex largo. An elegant specimen plant with an upright pyramidal form, this gem has clusters of red berries developing early autumn through to winter. This hardy, attractive screening plant is a wonderful alternative to Grisolinia which can also be trimmed into a formal hedge or utilised as topiary.

ILEX Altaclerensis Hendersonii can grow up to 4m if left unchecked, but with a little attention will create a wonderful addition to your designer garden.


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Alocasia Odora

Alocasia Odora  : Elephant Ear

If the tropical look is for you, then this majestic plant will not only create scale to your outdoor space, but a little style as well. Native to east and southeast Asia, the Alocasia Odora can grow to around 1.8 meters tall with big, beautiful blade-shaped, ovate, light green leaves with a cordate base.

While easy to maintain, the Alocasia can indeed create a feature in the garden as a specimen plant, as is palatable with a wide range of other plants……both tropical and formal. It does require space to grow, preferably in full sun with good soil, but can be just as happy in an open semi shade environment.

WHY USE A LANDSCAPE DESIGNER?

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IN TODAY’S WORLD, IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES WITHIN THE LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY, AND THE VALIDITY IN UTILISING A LANDSCAPE DESIGNER.

Over the past 25 years of undertaking commissioned design projects on behalf of our client’s, we have always played our part in educating the public on the important differences within the NZ landscape industry. Especially those differences between landscapers and landscape architects and designers. Though there can indeed be crossover skills between these separate entities, the services offered are usually quite specific and uniquely applied.

Designers generally offer a good understanding of the design aesthetic, encompassing the varied skills required when relating to the use of materials, plants, architecture and lifestyle. Your outdoor space should in all ways, look and feel like a sympathetic extension of your existing home. Its layout, texture, spacial design and overall aesthetic, relies heavily on one’s ability to understand and indeed apply the design principles required to achieve a wonderful outcome for the client.

A good landscaper is able to understand designs and implement those designs effectively onsite. The ability to interpret designs and the client’s needs are crucial elements to ensure the project is carried out with detail and skill. It is much like the relationship between a great architect and builder. They each offer a unique skillset, which is important to any successful project. These different trades can often complement each other with the right partnerships.

Any project requires talented people to complete their tasks effectively and with skill and care. We pride ourselves on being able to draw on our many years of practical and design knowledge to create gardens that utilise the many crossover skills required to fully appreciate the final look of those garden projects we undertake.

PLANT OF THE MONTH :

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Myosotidium hortensia : Chatham Islands forget-me-not

Sometimes you want to create a focal point or establish a space that forms a smile on your face. This plant will give you both. It works beautifully alongside a variety of plants, either mass planted or as a specimen. Endemic to the Chatham Islands, off the coast of New Zealand, its ancestors are likely derived from the American continent.

The relative large gorgeous vibrant glossy green leaves are winged and bears numerous blue flowers in the late spring. In addition to the blue-flowered species, 'Alba', a white flowered cultivar is also very popular. Relatively easy to maintain, the Myosotidium hortensia will transform any designer garden.

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Philodendron Xanadu

Sometimes I come across a plant that has style and elegance, that also exudes a uniqueness all its own. This Australian native is one such plant. The Philodendron Xanadu offers plenty in terms of style, and when used correctly, can be utilised in a vast array of garden design. A perfect selection for mass planting or potted to draw the eye, as this little gem is compact and can create a noticeable addition to a designer garden.

They need warm roots to handle our winters but will thrive in tubs or raised garden beds. It prefers full sun in a warm dry space. 

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Pratia

Pratia Macrodon

This beautiful South Island attractive ground cover with starry white flowers in spring, creates a thick glossy mat that thrives in a well drained soil in semi shade or full sun. This excellent quick growing evergreen weed suppressant is hardy to most climatic conditions, and is virtually maintenance free. A wonderful addition for any formal or native garden. 

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Liquidamber styraciflua 'Worpleston': Sweetgum

As a designer who appreciates the traditional principles of plant selection, there are many examples of well established plants that transcend fashions. The Liquidamber is one such plant. A spectacular, hardy deciduous tree with corky bark and distinctive maple like leaves, that turn from a deep green in spring, to a yellow, orange and scarlet colour in Autumn. An elegant upright mid sized tree that originates from North America, that can reach heights of up to 7 meters. This beautiful specimen tree is perfect for a larger property, and will add a stunning aesthetic in a group situation.

 

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Asplenium Maori Princess : Hybrid native fern

If you are seeking a lush plant that is both versatile in its requirements and design application, then the Asplenium Maori Princess fern is the perfect choice. A Hybrid ground Fern, this gem boasts beautiful leathery mild green foliage that is adapted to sunny and shade conditions. It finds itself at home within formal structured gardens, or cradled in a more natural setting. This cross between the A. Bulbiferum x A.Oblongifolium, it is hardier and more elegant than its individual parent species. A personal favourite now of mine, it is a fern that is adaptable and practical for any designer garden.