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NZ House & Garden - - GARDENS - Sandi MacRae

MOST SIG­NIF­I­CANT PLANT IN THE GAR­DEN: Mis­cant­hus grasses. I love them for their move­ment in spring and sum­mer, stiff dor­mant struc­ture of win­ter and plumes of au­tumn. FA­VORITE NEW PLANT: Blech­num penna-ma­rina (na­tive alpine wa­ter fern). This lit­tle ground cover is my “it” plant of the mo­ment.

MOST USED PART OF THE GAR­DEN: The pa­tio and din­ing set­ting. We can set it up for­mally for la-de-da din­ners or just spill out­side at the end of the day with a glass of wine.

MY BEST ED­I­BLE CROPS: Fei­joas and figs. Noth­ing beats the plea­sure of my part­ner cre­at­ing some gourmet won­der with these, or hav­ing enough to give away. Thinly sliced figs on a slightly warmed pas­try base with salted caramel and rasp­berry top­ping… a win­ner!

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