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Acaena inermis purpurea

A tight, very low growing ground cover with small purple fern-like leaves. It prefers some moisture through summer so it looks good, though in humid conditions a little wind is good. Soil must be free draining. Attractive contrast in the garden. It flowers in spring, followed by seed heads in summer.

Piripiri

1 litre pot $4.00

Acaena saccaticupula

A tight, very low growing ground cover with small tan/grey coloured fern-like leaves. Attractive contrast in the garden.

 

Piripiri


Aceana microphylla

A tight, very low growing ground cover with small green fern-like leaves. Attractive contrast in the garden.

 

Piripiri

1 litre pot $4.00

Acer palmatum 'Okagami'

A medium sized deciduous tree with lovely red-purple leaves. Plant in full sun to part shade in well drained, fertile soil. 10M tall

 

red japanese maple

PB8 (4.8 litre bag) $12.50

Acer rubrum

Red maple is best known for its deep scarlet foliage in autumn. An excellent deciduous specimen tree. Plant in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist soil and will tolerate wet soil. 10-15M tall

 

American red maple

PB5 (3 litre bag) $8.50

Ackama rosaefolia

Naturally occuring from Kaitaia to Whangarei on stream banks and forest margins. Small bushy tree to 4m. Protect from wind and frost. Beautiful red under leaf, mass of cream flowers in spring.

Makamaka


Agapanthus Streamline

Agapanthus originate from South Africa and are now popular garden plants. The are frost and drought tolerant.
Agapanthus will tolerate glyphosate herbicide sprayed over them which kills weeds coming up between them. This makes them great for the lazy gardener (or do I mean 'clever') who weed with herbicide.
Note: One species (a large one) is now a noxious weed in NZ and can not be grown or sold.

 

Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile


Agathis australis

A forest giant naturally occuring from Auckland and Thames northwards. Now being planted for Native Timber Forestry.

 

Kauri

PB8 (4.8 litre bag) $13.00
PB12 (7.2 litre bag) $20.00
PB28 (16.8 litre bag ) $35.00

Agave attenuata

Agave attenuata has a curved flower spike from which it derives one of its numerous common names - the foxtail agave. It is a popular garden plant. Unlike many agaves, A. attenuata has no teeth or terminal spines. A bold plant for rock gardens, particularly when planted with other succulents. It will grow to a diameter of 1m. Native to central Mexico.

 

Foxtail Agave

2 litre pot $7.50

Alectryon excelsus

Tree 7-10m forming distinctive black seed partially covered with bright red flesh, usually in spring attracting birds. Occurs naturally around streams and lowlands. Excellent specimen/shade tree.

Titoki, NZ Ash

PB5 (3 litre bag) $7.50
PB28 (16.8 litre bag ) $30.00

Alnus cordata

A deciduous drought tolerant tree popular for horticultural shelterbelts as it trims well into a narrow tall hedge. It is nitrogen fixing and grows well in poor or difficult sites. Plant in full sun in free draining soil, dry soil ok. 20 x 10M

 

Italian Alder

PB5 (3 litre bag) $8.50

Alnus jorullensis

An evergreen/semi-evergreen alder that makes a good medium sized specimen tree. Its great for large hedges. Very fast growing. Plant in full sun in free draining soil. 20 x 10M

 

Mexican alder

PB5 (3 litre bag) $8.50

Aloe arborescens

A sprawling multi-headed aloe heads which produce orange flowers on tall stems from each head. The whole plant will grow to about 2m high and about 2m wide in time. Similar to Aloe spinosissima which grows to 0.5m x 2m.

 

Aloe, Candelabra Aloe

1 litre pot $7.50
2 litre pot $9.50
6 Litre pot $15.00
20 litre pot $40.00

Aloe plicatilis

Fan Aloe has a corky barked trunk which is fire-resistant. Branches fork in pairs without a central leader. Masses of succulent, oblong, tongue-shaped leaves arranged in 2 opposite rows are fan-like. It is a stunning landscape plant suited to rock garden or a desert theme. Also looks great with other succulents such as Agave attenuata. Native to western South Africa.

 

Fan Aloe, Aloe

1 litre pot $7.50
2 litre pot $9.50
6 Litre pot $15.00
20 litre pot $40.00

Aloe polyphylla

Spiral Aloe grows low (30cm) with leaves in a very distinctive spiral shape. It does not seem to sucker or produce off-shoots, but can form small, dense clumps of seedlings. The fat, wide, serrated, gray-green leaves have sharp, dark leaf-tips. It has pink to red flowers in early summer. Native to Lesotho in Southern Africa.

 

Spiral Aloe, Aloe

1 litre pot $7.50
2 litre pot $9.50
6 Litre pot $15.00

Aloe spinosissima

A sprawling aloe which grows to about 50cm and can spread a few metres with pups (side shoots). removing the pups will make the parent plant larger. Spider aloe has small spikes on the succulent leaves. Erect stems with orange flowers in winter and early spring. Similar to Aloe arborescens which grows 2m x 2m.

 

Spider Aloe, Aloe

1 litre pot $7.50
2 litre pot $9.50
6 Litre pot $15.00
20 litre pot $40.00

Anemanthele lessoniana

A medium sized grass forming bold clumps up to 80cm high. It's foilage, green/red and yellow is soft and waves in the wind.

Wind grass, Gossamer grass

0.5 litre pot $2.75

Apodasmia similis

Formerly known as Leptocarpus similis. A rush with joints along its leaves. Grows in salt marsh areas and sometimes in the back dunes in moist areas. It looks great in landscaping and is often used for traffic islands. Good for riparian planting.

 

Oioi, Jointed Rush

0.5 litre pot $3.00

Apple - Braeburn - M793

Medium size, mid season,scarlet striped over green. Excellent tangy flavour. Dessert apple.

 

Apple


Apple - Granny Smith - MM106

Fruits April-May. Large green, crisp and juicy white fleshed fruit. Suitable for dessert and cooking.

 

Apple

PB18 (10.8 litre bag ) $35.00

Apple - Monty's Surprise MM102

Late season fruit which is shiny red over light green background. Good for both cooking and eating this crisp fleshed apple is high in antioxidants. The name was given to a very old tree in the Manawatu.

 

Apple

PB18 (10.8 litre bag ) $35.00

Apple - Red Gravenstein - MM106

Early, Large. Red striped overlay on green skin. Sweet and juicy. Dessert and cooking. Vigorous.

 

Apple


Apple - Royal Gala - MM106

Mid season, blushed red over red striped orange-red background. Sweet eating.

 

Apple


Apple - Splendour - MM102

Late, large bright red over yellow fruit. Sweet, juicy flesh. Good keeper, heavy cropper.

 

Apple


Aristotelia fruticosa

A shrub or small tree growing in scrublands and forests from Thames south. It has small leaves and produces berries for birds. An interesting looking plant with brown and green leaves.

 

Mountain Current


Aristotelia serrata

Fast growing tree 5-8m with flashes of red on stems and under leaf, fruit in summer for birds. Useful coloniser for re-vege work. Can be used for errosion control.

Makomako, NZ Current, Wineberry

0.5 litre pot $2.75
1 litre pot $3.50
PB3 (1.8 litre bag) $5.20

Arthropodium cirratum

Popular garden lily growing to about 30-40cm which prefers dry, frost free sites. White flowers on stems 50-60cm high in summer. Naturally occuring on coastal banks and cliffs in the shade and in the sun.

Rengarenga , Rock Lily

0.5 litre pot $2.75
1 litre pot $3.50

Artichoke - Globe

Globe Artichokes are a great delicacy, steam or boil and serve with melted lemon butter or hollandaise sauce.

Beautiful enough to grow in the flower border, these perennial plants will produce more heads each successive year. Likes warm conditions with high humidity.

 

Globe Artichoke, Artichoke, Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus

1 litre pot $3.00

Asclepias physocarpa

Attracts monarch butterflies. Small tree-like perennial from Jamaica and South America. Of the Milkweed family. Grows up to 3 metres tall. Flowers are white and inverted. Produces creamy green seed pods with a swan-like shape. Poisonous, foul-tasting sap. Fast growing.

 

Swan Plant, Balloon Plant

0.5 litre pot $2.80

Asplenium bulbiferum

A common fern in moist parts of forests throughout NZ. An excellent landscape plant for moist shaded areas. The mature fronds produce small bulbils "chickens" on top of their fronds.

 

Hen and Chicken Fern

1 litre pot $7.00
2 litre pot $11.00

Astelia banksii

An attractive Astelia which is common around coastal cliff and rocky outcrops around Northland. It makes an excellent landscape plant but must be in free draining ground away from frosts.

 

Astelia, Coastal Astelia

1 litre pot $7.00
2 litre pot $14.00

Astelia chathamica

Large silvery leaves, attractive garden specimen growing to 1m. Needs free draining soil. Great in a rock garden or a large pot. OK at the coast. Seed grown, so there is slight variations in colour and leaf size.

Chatham Island Astelia

1 litre pot $7.00
2 litre pot $14.00

Astelia Westland

A great looking Astelia with reddish purple leaves. Must be planted in free draining soil, preferably somewhere with a breeze to combat Northlands humidity which it doesn't like. Frost tolerant. Plant in full sun to part shade. 1 x 1M.

 

Astelia

1 litre pot $7.00

Austroderia fulvida Formerly Cortaderia fulvida

Smaller toe toe species growing to 1.5m. Flowers October to December. Common on stream banks, swamp edges and hillsides. Great for revegetation. OK at the coast.

 

Kakaho , Toetoe

1 litre pot $3.50

Austroderia toe toe Formerly Cortaderia toetoe

Grows in around swamps, in bush clearings, in sand and clay. Flowers December to January. Good low shelter. OK at the coast.

Kakaho , Toetoe


Austrostipa stipoides

 

Needle grass

1 litre pot $4.00

Bamboo stakes .60m

60cm long bamboo stakes, great for staking small plants. Available in several pack sizes. Larger volumes available, price on application.

 

Each $0.20
bundle of 20 $3.50

Bamboo stakes .90m

90cm long bamboo stakes, great for staking small plants. Available in several pack sizes. Larger volumes available, price on application.

 

Each $0.25
bundle of 20 $4.50

Bamboo stakes 1.2m

1.2m long bamboo stakes, great for staking medium sized plants. Available in several pack sizes. Larger volumes available, price on application.

 

Each $0.30
bundle of 20 $5.50

Bamboo stakes 1.5M

1.5m long bamboo stakes, great for staking medium sized plants. Available in several pack sizes. Larger volumes available, price on application.

 

Each $0.80
Bundle of 10 $7.00

Bamboo stakes 1.8M

1.8m long bamboo stakes, great for staking medium sized plants. Available in several pack sizes. Larger volumes available, price on application.

 

Each $1.00
Bundle of 10 $9.00

Bamboo stakes 2.4M

2.4m long bamboo stakes, great for staking large sized plants. Available in several pack sizes. Larger volumes available, price on application.

 

Each $1.80
Bundle of 10 $16.00

Bambusa gracilis

Fairy bamboo forms a dense clump with smooth, slender gracefully curving stems. Ideal feature plant. Plant in full sun in fertile soil, tolerates most conditions apart from damp boggy sites. clumping 2-3 M tall.

 

Fairy bamboo

2 litre pot $8.50

Bambusa multiplex Wang Tsai

This clump forming bamboo has green to orange brown stems and graceful dark green tufted foliage. Looks wonderful planted near water or at the back of a boarder. Stems usually 3-5m tall and 10-20 mm diameter. A hardy plant that flowers every few years. Native to subtropical and tropical areas of Asia. Also known as 'Hedge Bamboo'.

 

2 litre pot $8.50

Beetroot

Beetroot are eaten cooked, cold as a salad after cooking and adding oil and vinegar, or raw and shredded, either alone or combined with any salad vegetable. Often pickled for use in sandwiches and hamburgers. In Eastern Europe beet soup, such as borscht, is a popular dish. The green leafy portion of the beet is also edible. It can be boiled or steamed, in which case it has a taste and texture similar to spinach or put fresh into a salad with lettuce or watercress. Beetroot are a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. It functions by acting with other nutrients to reduce the concentration of homocysteine, a homologue of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Betaine functions in conjunction with S-adenosylmethionine, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 to carry out this function.

 

Beetroot

EZ 6 punnet $2.90

Beilschmiedia tarairi

Excellent specimen tree for shade/ shelter. Large dark green leaves. Large olive like berries bring wood pigeon. (seed sourced from waipu area)

Tarairi

1 litre pot $4.00
PB3 (1.8 litre bag) $5.20
PB28 (16.8 litre bag ) $30.00

Beilschmiedia tawa

A large tree found in the forest throughout the Nth Is and upper parts of the Sth Is. Its long, narrow leaves are of light green colour. It has olive-like black berries which wood pigeon like to eat. In landscape settings it usually grows to about 8 - 10m but in the forest it will grow to 20m or so.

 

Tawa


Betula ermanii

A large deciduous tree with dark green leaves turning golden in Autumn. A fast growing, rust free birch. Plant in full sun in fertile soil. 15-25M tall

 

Ermans or gold birch

PB5 (3 litre bag) $8.50

Betula papyrifera

A broadly conical deciduous tree. Makes excellent high yielding fire wood. The bark makes a great fire starter, burning even when wet. Plant in full sun to part shade in fertile soil. 15-25m tall

 

White or paper birch

PB5 (3 litre bag) $8.50

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