Farfygium Japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' (Leopard Plant) ? DIY Designs
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What do you plant yours with?I'm adding a few of these spotty ligularia to my own garden today.Popping them in my shady, under the ???trees garden, next to my tractor seat ligularia, where they'll have companion plants of grassy acorus ???and golden 'creeping Jenny'.What's your favourite thing to plant with these, or are you not a fan??If garden plants have you confused or you just want to learn, FOLLOW ME for regular insights, tips and tricks on plants, planting d ..read more
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Chamadorea Costericana - Bamboo Palm / Costa Rica Palm ? DIY Designs
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?perfect to block out your neighbours, or an ugly view, ‘bamboo palm’ makes a fantastic screening plant and will give your garden a lush, tropical look ⛱*THIS IS NOT A BAMBOO* It is a clustering PALM ???.It forms multiple slender canes (rather than one tall trunk) in much the same way as bamboo - hence its common name.With shelter from medium to high wind this easy-to-grow palm, will happily grow outdoors in temperate areas of New Zealand. Ie - It’s not frost hardy ❄!If gar ..read more
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Philodendrons - Xanadu ? DIY Designs
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?This plant turns up in a lot of garden inspo posts, so I thought I'd share some insights, in case you need an excellent plant ?to grab at the garden centre today ??.? owners, don't miss the last one!? One of the smaller philodendrons, ‘Xanadu’ rarely exceeds 1m x 1m in size.?It makes an excellent potted specimen as it is very drought tolerant.?The leaves become more heavily lobed as the plant matures.?While it will grow in full sun, the foliage is a richer green w ..read more
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Asplenium Bulbiferum - Hen & Chicken Fern / Pikopiko ? DIY Designs
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EASY TO GROW and a NZ native.'Hen & Chicken' fern can be used in so many garden situations.?I find it a great companion plant for hydrangea and ligularia for three main reasons...?1. It enjoys the same growing conditions? 2. It gives visual interest in the winter when the hydrangea are dormant?3. The textural contrast of fine ferny foliage against a larger leaf is sublime!What you should know about this plant is that while it will grow in full sun, the foliage turns more yellow.B ..read more
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Acacia Cognata "Fettuccini" - River Wattle ? DIY Designs
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?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ???? ????? ??????? ???????? ??. ??’? ?????? ??????????!Irresistibly shaggy, Acacia Cognata "Fettuccini" - River Wattle, these tactile Aussie native plants are easy to grow and care for (if a little pricey ?).?Sun loving, drought-tolerant, and perfect for adding textural inte ..read more
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Cordyline 'Show Off' ? DIY Designs
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?Such a showoffOne of the best plants you'll find for skinny spaces and slender eye-level screening - so perfect for the side yard or narrow boundaries.Cordyline 'Show Off' (or is it 'Showoff' I'm never quite sure ? ) works well in most planting themes, especially subtropical and contemporary themed gardens.?It's really easy to grow and quite at home in shadier conditions, where POV - the foliage is better & more lush looking.Follow me for more plant inspo & garden tips and tric ..read more
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Carex oshimensis ‘Feather Falls’/‘Variegated Japanese Sedge’ ? DIY Designs
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❤️A little more about this lovely plant from my previous post.Carex oshimensis ‘Feather Falls’, commonly called ‘Variegated Japanese Sedge’ is a well-behaved, mid-sized sedge, ideal for your low-maintenance garden.Did I mention it’s gorgeous?I'm getting one (at least one) this year!Variegated plants are great for brightening up gloomy spots #titirangigardenThe arching foliage gives 'Feather Falls' a cascading look, so for best impact, grow it in pots and containers where it ..read more
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Astelia banksii - Coastal Astelia / Wharawhara ? DIY Designs
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The first garden plant I ever owned and boy, was it tough ?!Perfect for unirrigated pots, Astelia banksii has many of the characteristics associated with a plant suitable for hot, dry, sunny garden spots.?Such as silver foliage covered in a fine furry coating (TIP- read all about, and that other visual clues for drought tolerant coastal plants in my previous post).This NZ native plant is one of the few silver foliage plants that is just as suited to shade as it is to sun ?.It's the perf ..read more
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Hylotelephium spectabile 'Stardust' (stonecrop) ? DIY Designs
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?Say hello to another easy-to-grow plant that is happy in a hot, dry, sunny garden bed.This stunner is Hylotelephium spectabile 'Stardust' ?It used to be, and in my mind, will always be, called Sedum spectabile 'Stardust'. And that's a lot easier to pronounce, too ? But, most people just call it 'stonecrop'.It's an easy-to-grow clump-forming perennial plant, with fleshy, moisture-filled green leaves.The flowers are small, white, and star-shaped, and because they appear in large flat-top ..read more
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Picking Gardens : Tips to Include Flowers For Picking in Your Garden Design
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Picking gardens are popular with my clients because there is a great joy to be had in gathering flowers from your own garden, either to put into a vase or to give as an impromptu gift. When my three daughters were young they were forever raiding my garden for small posies to give to their teachers or friend. 'Tussie mussies' were the name we gave them, a hangover from my floristry days when we used to bundle up all our offcuts into colourful little mixed bunches tied off with ribbon. In the gar ..read more
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