Gardening with native plants
Speargrass and Haloragis erecta (bronze form). Photo: Isobel Gabites
Your own backyard offers the best, and certainly the closest, opportunity to experiment with growing native plants and to create a small piece of New Zealand wilderness on your doorstep.
Leonard Cockayne also recognised the use to which native plants could be put in towns and cities when he wrote "The Cultivation of New Zealand Plants" in 1923. He included a chapter entitled
"Native plants for town gardening"
Chionochloa, Pachystegia and Muehlenbeckia axillaris in a garden setting. Photo: Isobel Gabites
For more information about restoring gardens see also: