I stopped my car to take photos of the front of this Westmere house today. Great architecture and great native plant selection for garden design.
The Poor Knights Lily, Xeronema callistemon looks great mass planted on the left. This is a fascinating plant as there are only two in the genus Xeronema. Its sister (Xeronema morrei) lives in the mountains of New Caledonia, whereas callistemon emerged from the Poor Knights and the Hen Islands near Whangarei. Looking great mass planted in pots too, it doesn't mind being root bound, and does well growing between rock features too. What it does mind though is getting wet feet, so it must be very well drained. Slow growing, the stunning bright red flower is well worth waiting for.
The plant combination on the right mixes Oioi (Apodasmia similis), with the striking form of the juvenile savage Lancewood (Pseudopanax ferox) with mounds of Muehlenbeckia axillaris. This low garden maintenance design combines the best in New Zealand native plant textures and forms and looks super stylish in front of this modern urban home.