Enjoy and happy gardening ^Tui Team, fantastic guide, so excited to my new found knowledge to action, Planting Guide was very helpful. Available from Wairere Nursery. Use plants to encourage good bugs which in turn eat the bad bugs. This plant for zones 4 to 10 features a spiky flower, ranging in color from white to lavender. Thank you for the info on companion planting. That's wonderful to hear Gavin. Tomatoes are also compatible with chives and onion. Use this structure and apply it to your style. Bulbs. Simply plant daffodil bulbs in free-draining soil or a bulb mix (Daltons sells a good one) in autumn at 2.5 times their depth and come spring you'll be rewarded with a host of golden or cream or orange or peach daffs. Rosemary does have some preferences though, ideally a free-draining soil and full sun. Water regularly, but not excessively, during summer. We understand you are looking for plants to match your various garden environment, so we have created the following Solutionz™ from our extensive range of garden plants to make it easy for you Nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible. Basil improves the flavour of tomatoes when planted alongside. In areas with heavy clay soils or prone to frost, grow plants in containers. Sweetcorn does well planted with potatoes, peas, beans and squash. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have bright colour and fresh foliage in your garden over summer! Any garden can be made more attractive to wildlife, even if it is only small. Bee friendly plants include: calendula, marigolds, sunflowers, poppies, clover, nasturtiums, Queen Anne’s Lace, echinacea, borage and purple tansy. It can cope with frost too but (and this is its only "but"), it doesn't like being planted in a soggy soil in an area with frosts – who would? Lilyturf ( Liriope spicata ) looks like a grass (and one of its common names is "border grass"), but it is actually a member of the lily family. Available from Marshwood Gardens. Asparagus, basil, carrots, celery and parsley are ideal companion plants for tomatoes to help each other grow. Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. Companion planting involves grouping plants together so that they can help each other to grow better. We will have a skeleton crew on over the Christmas break and then back to full capacity come the 5th of January. Feel free to touch base with any specific garden questions you have. Japanese anemones. After around 30 years of growing all sorts of different plants I established my nursery in 2014 with the idea of sharing my special plants and knowledge with other gardeners and plantspeople. It likes well-drained soil, plenty of sun and it’s frost tolerant. Before you buy, check our Auckland plant delivery map. Check out our top plant recommendations for the hot and sunny areas in your garden. Watering and Feeding. Cutting them back by one-third in early spring will stop them from becoming woody. We also have a large range of crop specific guides to help you get growing. Vanessa was more than happy to walk us through some of the plants we should be looking at to make that visual impact for our patios. Possessing a similar deep-red, purplish- bronze color, New Zealand flax's leaves are more broad or strap-like than the finer fountain grass. Capsicums and eggplants, which have smaller flowers, benefit from having flowers nearby to ensure they get pollinated. Plant shopping is a daunting experience if the extent of your gardening know-how is that plants probably need water. Some great recommendations of plants under your patio included: Golden cane palm; Dwarf date palm; Ponytails; Ficus; Ferns; Bromeliads We work closely with them to ensure that good supplies of quality plant gifts are available on the site. There is a hardy geranium for all conditions from full sun right through to dry shade. Published by Penguin Books. NZ plants evolved with different pollinators. All our plants are sourced from one of New Zealand's leading Nurseries. See more ideas about plants, dry shade plants, shade plants. Exotic plants for frosty gardens Lomandra is beloved by landscape designers for mass planting as it flows beautifully in the wind and doesn't get tatty. Companion planting also works in a physical way. Despite their names, swamp flax (harakeke or Phormium tenax) and mountain flax (wharariki or Phormium cookianum) both grow in mountainous and coastal areas throughout New Zealand. The superhero of the toughies, these succulents are perfect for anyone with fingers of death because  semper means "always" and viven originates from "vivus which means "living". You buy a mint plant thinking ‘this little herb will be great for mojitos!’ and it ends up COMPLETELY taking over your garden (Pro tip: Mint is super invasive, so keep it in a pot and keep that pot on concrete y’all). Plant dill and rosemary next to broccoli. Plant flowers in Tui Flower Mix, high quality planting mix containing potassium to enhance flower production and Acadian seaweed to promote strong root development, prevent root disorders and encourage plant vigour. Other … To get you started we have a helpful guide here: Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Gardening which is a great place to start, along with our handy Planting Calendar which tells you when to plant crops in your region of New Zealand. Plant vegetables in Tui Vegetable Mix, a high quality natural-based planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your veges with the best possible start and sustained growth throughout the season. Feed with Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser – a slow release fertiliser providing a sustained release of easy-to-absorb nitrogen, to keep your flowers blooming. Will follow the guide carefully. This excellent native shrub is ideal for … They can provide shelter, food, and nesting places in your backyard. The saying "Treat 'em mean to keep 'em keen" applies here because once established it doesn't seem to care whether it's watered or not and don't bother feeding it. Iconic plantings of flax along motorways look majestic and it will survive in your most challenging garden positions too. The NZ Native Plant Nursery has filled the market gap left by the defunct Waiuku operation, The Native Plant Nursery, and is producing high quality New Zealand native plant stock. The thick, wavy-edged leaves densely clothe a strong, wind-resistant hedge. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Excerpts taken with permission from The Tui NZ Vegetable Garden by Sally Cameron and The Tui NZ Vegetable Garden 3rd Ed. From there you can add some colour with bright flowers like frangipani, hibiscus or bromeliads. Correct plants used for the site Planting is in open ground and can catch any natural rainfall, ie not under overhangs, eaves etc Plant establishment doesn’t incur any unseasonal dryness or droughts If in containers, move succulents under the eaves of the house, a tree or onto the verandah if frosts are likely in your area. It also tends to get taller, reaching a … Their clump-forming and promiscuous self-seeding habits have earned them official weed status by DOC and various regional councils across the country. Varieties such as 'Anna's Red' … Their cupcake-wrapper petals and frothy foliage might not scream out "staunch as" but, don't be fooled by these easy-care bee magnets. Plant marigolds close to crops that suffer from aphids and greenfly. They look magnificent when mass planted under trees, in pots or garden beds on the shady side of the house. Will give it a go in my vege patch. In about four to six weeks, you should have even more colour in your garden. These biennials produce new shoots from the base each year. Tough as old boots, these loved or loathed "lilies of the Nile" (they're not really lilies or from the Nile) will cope with all kinds of weather and are strong enough to hold up an entire sandy bank. Then do your research and find out which native plants naturally grow in your area. Plant rosemary by paths so you can enjoy the fragrance as you brush past the foliage. Jul 2, 2017 - Explore Claire Harper's board "Plants for dry shade" on Pinterest. They look fantastic along pathways and planted in mass groupings under slender trees such as silver birches and they have creamy yellow flowers in spring. Growing certain plants together will also help deter insect pests ruining your carefully tended plants before you get the chance to enjoy them. Nasturtium attracts caterpillars, aphids and whitefly, so planting it alongside or around vegetables such as lettuces, cabbages, beans and tomatoes will protect them. If you want a visual screen, you can clip it into a hedge, but if you’re … Most slopes can be made relatively stable with plants. Alstroemerias; Geraniums; Lavender; Pelargoniums; Fruit Trees & Edibles. The adults will lay the eggs on the nasturtium leaves instead. Fertilise every four weeks during key growth periods with Tui Vegetable Food, a rich formulation of fertilisers including dolomite, blood and bone and sheep manure dust designed to encourage healthy vegetable growth. Drought-tolerant, tough, reliable, evergreen in cold weather and attractive. Plants are sent all over New Zealand from my nursery based near Takaka, in beautiful Golden Bay. Certain flowers are grown near edible crops in order to attract insects for pollination. Feed your herbs with Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. Choose from a chocolate-box assortment of varieties at NZ Bulbs or Bulbs Direct. One of New Zealand’s favourite hedge trees, this evergreen shrub has glossy green leaves tipped bronze/red on new growth. READ MORE: * 5 house plants you can't kill * 13 of the best NZ native ground cover plants * Clay soil: 5 tips to make your garden flourish. Chillies are perennials, meaning if treated well and in a warmer climate, can spice up your garden for many years. by Rachel Vogan. Then once your veges are planted, watering and feeding is important. Choose eco-friendly sterile agapanthus varieties to hold up that steep bank where nothing else will grow. They look fantastic mixed up in bowls with other succulents. You could say that the only true indestructible plants are the ones that won't go away – weeds! Whether your style is fiddle leaf figs, or maidenhair ferns, creating your very own indoor oasis is the perfect finishing touch to your living spaces. [/pullquote_right]Awa Nursery is a working nursery open to the public, including landscapers and developers 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Could this little Aussie battler be the perfect plant? These annuals will easily self-seed, and you'll find them popping up in a different part of the garden from where you planted them. We can definitely help with that. Try peach and red 'Rumba' from Kings Seeds. We grow 85% of what we sell which enables us to offer the best quality plants for sale at the very best prices all inclusive of GST. Long-flowering Japanese anemones, such as ‘Honorine Jobert’ are brilliant plants for late summer and autumn colour. They are ideal for dry areas, under overhanging eaves or poked into retaining walls. Research which plants you need to set your base for a garden and go from there. Our nursery partner produces in excess of 300,000 plants per year to a vast client base which spreads from the far north to the bottom of the South Island. Cheers. Plant herbs in Tui Herb Mix a free draining planting mix, rich in nitrogen to promote green, leafy growth and continuous harvesting. Plant a mixture of flowers and herbs among vegetables and fruit trees to encourage a healthy diversity of insects to move into the garden. Try the zingy 'Lime Tuff' or compact ball-shaped 'Little Con' which grows to 30cm x 30cm. Grow them over the side of a raised beds or in a hanging baskets. Plants. That dark, dry, often barren space in the shade of large trees, under eaves, or on the lee (sheltered-from-the-wind) side of houses. Gardening Solutionz™ has a unique approach helping you to find the right plants for your garden. I'm going to try to more of this type of planting this season (: I am a beginner gardener and would like to start a veggie garden would like to know where to start, how to start and when to start, Hi Raewyn, thanks for getting in touch. Robust mounds of Euphorbia add structure and backbone to mixed plantings of perennials and grasses. They were also considered the plant of Thor in Nordic mythology (the double-god status is pretty impressive). All orders received after the 10th of December will most likely be sent in the New Year. Cootemundra wattle (Acacia baileyana). Then do your research and find out which native plants naturally grow in your area. It's fantastic to hear you are interested in starting your own vege garden and discovering the joy of 'growing your own'. Violas like good air circulation and keeping them away from these types of spots will help prevent them getting downy mildew. Plants are available from Southern Wood Nurseries. Quite relaxed with a bit of neglect, they're the Everready Batteries of the summer garden and will keep going and going all season long. Garlic planted among roses will help deter aphids. Make sure companions are planted at the same time as your edible crops in order to prevent insects from taking over the vegetable patch. Colours range from purple, grey, red, bronze and green. Borage is a great companion for your strawberries. Buy indoor plants online, either nude or paired with a pot or planter. Described by iconic British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll as "one of the grandest of plants", their unusual blue-grey, lime-yellow combo makes them ideal partners for offsetting other plants in a border and they're general great evergreen fillers. Low growing succulents are ideal ground covers and will quickly cover a bank or retaining wall. Not only are the plants that grow there already stressed from not having much light, but they also have to compete with other large plants for soil moisture. They grow from 45cm to 1.2 metres and come in an array of colours – pink, white, orange, yellow and rose – and patterns. Want a no-problem plant that settles in without any problems? There’s a wide variety of indoor plants you can use to bring colour and life to your home explains Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katrina Gatt. 'Thunderstorm' has variegated yellow and green foliage and the sweet semi-dwarf 'Seafoam' has pure-white flowers. In autumn, it bears a dark berry. Grow carrots and leeks together. Hyssop deters white cabbage butterfly from brassicas such as broccoli, cabbages and Brussels sprouts. Choose between upright varieties that grow to head height and prostrate, cascading varieties. These splendid trailing annuals self-seed so readily that they're often labelled weeds, not nasty weeds though – pulling them out is as easy as brushing wet hair. Oakleaf hydrangea * is an understory plant indigenous to the southeastern United States and is poplar in the home border for its all-season interest. Delivery is free when you spend $99 or more on plants or pots. Check out the wide range available from Heirloom Perennial Plant Nursery. Fortunately eco-friendly sterile and low-fertility hybrids are now available in a range of sizes in blue, white and purple. Flowers relied on general pollinators (colour-blind flies, moths and beetles) or even birds and didn’t have to develop colourful variations, so a typical flower would be green or white (= easy to spot at night) and small. Despite their names, swamp flax (harakeke or Phormium tenax) … Sage is a great herb to plant around celery crops, as it helps to keep aphids away. SALLY TAGG / NZ GARDENER Hellebores planted under deciduous trees are covered with nodding flowers all winter. Both have strong scents that drive away each other’s pests. Succulents are available from Wairere Nursery Ltd Auckland, Coromandel Cacti and Mauways Nursery and Gardens. The summer blooms change from white to dusty pink and are very long lasting. Copyright © Penguin Books 2009 & 2012, liked your guide on companion planting last season so i am using it this season to the max. Soil preparation, planting crops at the right time of year, and growing what you like to eat are key considerations. Foxgloves have a growth-stimulating effect on all the plants near it. They're so popular that the variety 'Rozanne' was crowned "Plant of the Centenary" at the Royal Horticultural Society's 100th Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. Daffodils may be blown around by spring storms but they'll be back year after year. Thanks for your feedback and happy spring gardening! Acacia baileyana is fast growing and flowers in July making it a valuable winter-spring source of pollen, if you can put up with the bright yellow pollen all over your car. Hardy cranesbill geraniums have gorgeous foliage and flowers in shades of white, pink, blue and purple. Verandah eaves can provide overhead protection for pots and containers. Wattles are excellent sources of pollen and a few contribute nectar. All the different flax varieties available originate from these two species and come in a glorious array of colours from chocolate brown 'Dark Delight' to 'Alison Blackman' with stripes of olive, yellow and orange. These Australian tussocks also have a tidy manner about them as opposed to other grasses which require grooming, plus they're not a martyr to slugs and snails. They can be a bit rough as well as tough if you come into contact with their milky sap, which is a touch irritant and hell for eyes, so wear gloves when handling them. Check out the  yellow and white bicoloured 'Lemonade' from Egmont Seeds. We provide banana, casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. The individual plants are short-lived, but by the time they've turned up their toes, new plants are on the way. They're unusual plants with whorls of blue-grey leaves that are topped by lime-green flowers which are not dissimilar to Shrek's ears. Pussy willow (Salix caprea) & weeping willow (Salix babylonica) At your local garden centre you should find many plants will be labelled with their frost tolerance capabilities. They'll tolerate poor soils and flower until a hard frost. It is also said to protect the garden from disease and strengthen tender plants. Clay tolerant - Griselinia littoralis , Hoheria populnea (Lacebark), Sophora (Kowhai), Callistemon (Bottlebrush), Cistus (rock rose), Coprosma, Eriostemon (Wax Flower), Leptospermum (Manuka), Phormium (Flax), Flower Carpet roses, Carex secta (NZ tussock). Thanks for this useful and easy to follow companion planting guide. With very limited rainfall and the harsh NZ sun beating down on them, they can start to look a little worse for wear. Planting & Growing Discover 12 plants that are the best for indoors Striking foliage and stunning colour isn’t just reserved for the garden. Pots and container plants roots are unprotected and the simple application of bubble wrap around the outside of the pot can provide insulation. Bougainvillea; Deciduous Climbers; Evergreen Climbers; Mandevilla; Tropical Plants; Exotics & Tropical; Flowers & Perennials. Cosmos flowers can be simple with single petals but there are frilly, double and fused-petal forms too. House plant lovers, bring your home or workspace to life with real indoor plants, fresh and lovingly delivered to your door in our Auckland plant delivery zone. These prolific-blooming perennials come in pink, magenta, purple, white and blue and will tolerate most situations, spreading out in a thick carpet between other plants, making them a great non-invasive filler. Deeper-rooted plants are needed to tie the top soil(s) to the bottom rock, but the top 30-60cm of soil needs to be tied tightly together. . Other herbs with the hardiness tick are thyme, marjoram and oregano. These harbingers of spring have a deserved rep for being some of the hardiest of the bulb bunch and you're pretty much assured of growing success. Try not to position any pots under the eaves of your house. Most plants need a decent amount of food, water and light to get off to a good start but once they're established these plants show their true mettle when it comes to droughts, frosts, poor soil, under-watering or over-watering. Summer can be a rough time for a lot of plants. Clay has always been prevalent in New Zealand soils, so it’s not surprising that we have many native plants that are ‘tough pioneers’. 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Griselinia: In mild climates, the bright, glossy-leafed native broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis) is one of the most widely planted hedges and deservedly so. Marigolds emit a scent that repels aphids and attracts hoverflies, which are a predator of aphids. Basil can also be planted alongside capsicums. All these are actually quite hardy plants, so once established, your tropical garden is actually quite easy to maintain. Sempervivens, aka house leeks or hen and chicks are exceptionally hardy plants. Apples; Apricots; Avocados; Cherries; Feijoa; Figs; Grapes; Herbs; … Summer Bulbs; Spring Bulbs; Cacti & Succulents; Camellias. Most herbs are hardy, but if you're a bit tardy when it comes to watering, good old rosemary is the herb for you. Spring is the ideal time to start a vege patch as the soil warms and there are loads of vege options to choose from. Hybrids; Japonica; Sasanqua; Species; Reticulata; Climbers. Cheer yourself with the thought that you don’t often see naked banks in nature. Swamp flax is larger and more upright with dramatic red flower spikes beloved by nectar-eating birds, whereas mountain flax has softer, more arched leaves and yellow-green flower spikes. These little battlers are suckers for punishment and thrive in dry, thin soils, although they'll grow pretty much anywhere. ... Modern ways to make a life at home in New Zealand. Their white and pink flowers, with a ring of yellow anthers, are held on tall, swaying stems. They're also known as hen and chicks because the rosettes produce new plants which spread like a mat. We are busy as bees getting all the plants where they need to be by the 18th of December. Hostas are among the most adored foliage plants for shady parts of the garden. The dark extended eaves embrace the house under shadow and accentuate the surrounding greenery.” ... “I wanted to have a mix of natives and tropical plants so I felt like I was on holiday,” says Estelle, adding that the landscaper, Bill Holden, taught Antony at primary school. But some flowers, native plants and herbs are much tougher than they look. And if you think that still sounds like too much of a gamble, garden centres and supermarkets sell potted blooms from midwinter. Stonecrops (Sedum) and houseleeks (Sempervivum) are some of the least frost-tender succulents while some yucca, Echeveria and Haworthia will tolerate light frosts. Native plants and shrubs are the best way to attract native birds to your garden. The nasturtium can be pulled while the eggs are at a junior stage to rid the garden of this cycle. Not to be confused with the widely grown pelargonium, which is frequently labelled a geranium, well-named hardy cransebill geraniums are the real deal. 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