This lovely front garden spotted in Rothesay Bay has a perfect contrast of texture, colour and form. The brown red Coprosma 'Red Rocks' winding its way through a contrasting Coprosma 'Poor Knights' as they both start to cascade over the retaining wall.
Climbing in the other direction, the Metrosideros perforata is a great choice if you need to cover a mass of retaining timber or block work. You'll be rewarded with a mass of white flowers in mid summer, which the bumble bees just love.
The background wallpaper of this composition is Macropiper excelsa, or Kawakawa, with its big heart shaped leaves. Kawakawa leaves are known for their medicinal properties too.
New Zealand native planting is all about using these wonderful textures and forms in interesting and modern ways, which can be brought into our home gardens. Native plants are often cheaper to buy than others and of course they are perfectly suited to living here!
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