I have been placing plants in categories.This list is a personal collection of favourite plants that I find do well in Wairarapa along with other parts of New Zealand.
It is not meant as a major reference work or a price list.It is not an end in itself.There will be many plants not listed that I have yet to discover or will not work en massed.
I choose plants that will last for many years.Beech & hornbeam & buxus along with classic bay for hedging.These are the hedges if well maintained will be for future generations.
mine are the “gorgeous plants” and the” classy plants” ( for classy gardens) and” trees” for all sites.Topiary has a category of its own.and plants for shady or wet or hot & boney and all the endless types of soil and sites where we attempt to plant . will be found in one of the categories.but only if I like it.
My dislike of all native plantings will be obvious…………………….Instant gloom .Little light. dreary .Although some will make the grade.grieslinia,Muelenbeckia,Astelia.some piitosporums and Olearia is superb as a windbreak.
I shudder at the sight of flax.And some grasses.And cabbage trees.They are loved by breeding rats .Best avoid.