Keep­ing it sim­ple

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By ad­her­ing to a colour and plant­ing scheme and util­is­ing mass blocks of colour, some stun­ning ef­fects can be achieved and you can pick a theme for your ex­tremely low-fuss gar­den to suit your ar­chi­tec­ture, your cli­mate, or your per­sonal pref­er­ences.

An­other ad­van­tage of mass plant­ing with two or three species is the abil­ity to re­duce the amount of lawn that needs look­ing af­ter with­out loss of green life to the en­vi­ron­ment. In­clud­ing at least one long-flow­er­ing per­former in the mix en­sures there are flow­ers for pol­li­na­tors to ac­cess nec­tar and ‘do their thing’. When de­sign­ing a low main­te­nance space there is of­ten a temp­ta­tion to­wards ex­cesses of easy­care paving and ‘hard land­scap­ing’, but this is eas­ily al­le­vi­ated with the ad­di­tion of vol­umes of plants.

Mass plant­ing not only looks gor­geous and soft­ens the over­all im­pres­sion - it also does the right thing by the en­vi­ron­ment. Gen­er­ous blocks of drought tol­er­ant plants help to re­duce water losses in the sum­mer and re­duce the amount of ir­ri­ga­tion re­quired. This is espe­cially im­por­tant with many re­gions of New Zealand fac­ing wa­ter­ing re­stric­tions over the hot and dry months. Flower Car­pet® Roses form a dense ground cover, re­duc­ing water evap­o­ra­tion from the soil. Their ef­fi­cient root sys­tems aid sur­vival in dry con­di­tions and their dis­easere­sis­tant fo­liage is healthy, even in the height of sum­mer.

There’s an ex­ten­sive pal­ette of Flower Car­pet® colours avail­able. Go to www.tes­se­ for the full se­lec­tion.

ABOVE: Flower Car­pet® Gold and Trop­i­canna® Gold har­monise well for a trop­i­cal theme. BE­LOW LEFT: Flower Car­pet® Pink and English laven­der give a sim­ple cot­tage gar­den look. BE­LOW RIGHT: Sim­ple low­main­te­nance el­e­gance with hardy Flower Car­pet® White, green English box and bur­gundy tones.

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