Pictured is a tumbling tapestry of natives at Ayrlies in Auckland, including gold drifts of Libertia peregrinans, mounds of clipped Muehlenbeckia astonii with Coprosma acerosa hybrids in the foreground. ‘Hawera’ is my favourite green – a stringy, mossy duvet of texture that contrasts well with Coprosma acerosa brunnea, the deepest brown cultivar. Coprosmas root as they go, so can be usefully propagated by spade.
New Zealand cordylines (cabbage trees) are great visually architectural plants. If your looking to create a modern garden they look fantastic in a bed of rock or gravel. They are very well suited for large pots and require very little watering Or maintenance.