Our collection of tough and hardy plants includes ground-covers, flowering shrubs, and grasses, all specifically targeted at reducing soil erosion and helping revegatation. Their roots will knit together loose soils and help retain moisture and humus.
Create dams and barriers to slow the flow of any water. Plant native grasses to hold the soil in. Plant drought tolerant low plants. Add shadecloth or treeguards if possible to shade new tubestock from searing sun. When these start to establish, plant shrubs and trees.
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Acorus - variegated sweet flag
Arching very slender grass, striped green and gold, super cold-hardy. Loves moist soils, creek margins, bog gardens; will even grow in coldw...
Callistemon Captain Cook
Large bright red flowers give spectacular colour in spring and summer. Smaller and more compact than other bottlebrushes, to 1m. Very hardy ...
Callistemon Rose Opal
Compact to 1.5m, evergreen, large pink-red brush flowers. Perfect for smaller garden settings, hedging and screening, or specimen planting. ...
Chrysocephalum - yellow buttons
Silvery-green native ground cover with bright yellow flowers, adaptable to all kinds of garden situations and climates. Plant in a sunny spo...
Colocasia Black Magic - elephant ears
Spectacular showy tropical plant that will be in high demand for those big black leaves and dramatic good looks. It needs the right conditio...
Dianella Emerald Fountain
Native bordering and groundcover plant suited to almost any location or climate, especially shade. Super versatile, tolerates heat, drought,...
Dietes bicolor - peacock flower
Creamy yellow open iris-like flowers, look like dozens of butterflies in flight from a distance. Grassy plant, excellent for erosion control...
Dietes iridioides - butterfly iris
Lovely white six-petaled flowers and grassy foliage, like an iris. Good around waterways. Low maintenance, ideal for landscaping, erosion co...
Festuca glauca - blue fescue
Outstanding small ornamental grass featuring steel-blue foliage all year round. Fine slender leaves, neat shape, compact and rounded.
Ficinia nodosa - club rush
Quick establishing Australian native tussock grass, ideal planted around water features, ponds, and dry creek beds. Excellent filtration ...
Juncus Spiralis - corkscrew rush
Quirky little plant for indoors somewhere sunny, or in a planter box with flowering annuals. Great for marshy or water-margin areas of the g...
Juniper conferta - shore juniper
Easy care groundcover conifer, suited to erosion control on embankments, container planting and bonsai. Ideal for seaside gardens as the nam...
Tough as - Easy to see why it's one of your favourites! Better in dry soils and dry climates than hystrix, and more upright. Will grow in al...
Matapouri Bay - Arthropodium
Tough, elegant, hardy, shade-loving, ideal for underplanting even in dry spots. Wide blue-green leaves create a lush tropical effect. Well s...
Mazus Fairy Lights
Sturdy little lawn-alternative groundcover, generous with flowers for six months of the year. Will quickly cover the ground and tolerate bei...
Melaleuca Claret Tops
Red new growth on soft grey-green leaves, with masses of white flowers in spring. Full sun gives leaves a brighter red colour. Claret Tops ...
Myoporum Fine Leaf
Native low ground cover, will spread outwards to around 3m but never more than 30cm high. Creeping boobialla forms a thick mat of fine folia...
Poa labillardierei - tussock grass
Elegant versatile native tussock grass especially useful for erosion control. Happy in any soil, especially wetter areas. Feathery flowerhea...
Tiger grass - Thysanolaena
Lush well-behaved 3m privacy screen will not sucker or run like bamboo. Essential for Asian-style gardens, elegant in casual outdoor spaces....
Westringia Jervis Gem
A compact form of the popular Wynyabbie Gem, with soft velvety silver-grey foliage, and lilac-blue flowers for most of the year. This native...
Westringia Low Horizon™
Low maintenance, dwarf, compact landscaping favourite. Easy care coastal rosemary, perfect for rockeries, borders, containers, window boxes,...
Will clip to only 15cm! Mundi is a dwarf form about knee-high but spreading widthways. Ideal coastal rosemary for an evergreen boundary that...
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