PLANT­ING OP­TIONS

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SHRUBS TO BE CLIPPED INTO MOUNDS OR ROUNDED SHAPES

Choose one species: try Pit­tospo­rum ‘Golf Ball’, sil­ver

ger­man­der (Teu­crium fru­ti­cans), Cal­i­for­nian lilac

(Cean­othus), laven­der, Muehlen­beckia as­tonii, Corokia species, Artemisia eg ‘Lam­brook Sil­ver’ or ‘Sil­ver Fairy’,

laven­der cot­ton (San­tolina chamae­cy­paris­sus).

MEDIUM-HEIGHT FLOW­ER­ING PLANTS

Choose 3-4 dif­fer­ent types and plant in groups of 5-7. Try bearded iris, daylilies, salvia eg ‘Caradonna’ or ‘Blue Hills’, sea holly (Eryn­gium), Marl­bor­ough rock daisy (Pachys­te­gia

in­sig­nis), Hy­lotele­phium spectabile eg ‘Au­tumn Joy’, flow­er­ing an­nu­als such as zin­nia, cal­en­dula and lo­belia.

CAS­CAD­ING OR GROUNDCOVER PLANTS

Pros­trate rose­mary, white or red flower car­pet roses,

Helichry­sum peti­o­lare ‘Lime­light’ (can be in­va­sive in some ar­eas), pros­trate manuka eg Lep­tosper­mum ‘White Cas­cade’, Di­chon­dra ‘Sil­ver Falls’, worm­wood species such as Artemisia ‘Alba Canescens’, woolly thyme, lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina).

PLANTS FOR VER­TI­CAL CON­TRAST

Try coloured flaxes eg ‘Mer­lot’ or ‘Black Rage’, Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis ‘Gracil­limus’ or ‘Var­ie­ga­tus’, red tus­sock

(Chionochloa rubra), dwarf toe­toe (Chionochloa flav­i­cans), wind grass (Ane­man­thele lesso­ni­ana), Astelia banksii,

New Zealand iris (Lib­er­tia pere­gri­nans).

NOTE Most of the plants listed here are suit­able for the con­di­tions of this par­tic­u­lar site, which is sunny (yet in a colder, frost-prone area), slop­ing and rocky. These plant sug­ges­tions are a guide only. Check them out at your lo­cal nurs­ery and ask about their growth rate, height and spread, and whether they’re suit­able for your gar­den’s con­di­tions.

Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis

Sea holly

Sil­ver ger­man­der

Lep­tosper­mum

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