Plant Life

Botanic garden a champion of the environment

Botanic garden a champion of the environment

There is a growing public interest in environmentally friendly and sustainable horticulture.

This neighbour hard to keep up with

This neighbour hard to keep up with

A close neighbour is close to showing us up.

Weeding speargrass fraught with danger

Weeding speargrass fraught with danger

If you love to grow unusual native plants in your garden, you are probably familiar with the fiercely golden foliaged Aciphylla, also known as Spaniard or speargrass.

Scarlet flowers, unusual pods captivate

Scarlet flowers, unusual pods captivate

At first glance the balloon pea flower could be mistaken for New Zealand's native kaka beak.

Plant of extremes starts its display

Plant of extremes starts its display

Amorphophallus titanum has the honour of producing the largest flower-like structure in the plant world.

Perennial sports funky hairdo

Perennial sports funky hairdo

This plant is not a pineapple or a lily, but ''pineapple lily'' is a good common name to describe the flower of this unusual bulbous perennial.

Elderberry attractive,delicious

Elderberry attractive,delicious

Type ''elderberry'' into an internet search engine and you'll get anything from how to eradicate a nasty weed to wonderful recipes and health remedies.

Northerner a symbol of Christmas

Northerner a symbol of Christmas

The pohutukawa is one of New Zealand's most spectacular flowering trees.

Perfectly adapted to climate

Perfectly adapted to climate

With a huge swollen trunk that often looks oversized compared to the foliage carried over the summer months, Cyphostemma Juttae is certainly one weird and wacky looking plant.

Climbing roses add a further dimension

Climbing roses add a further dimension

Clmibing roses are a worthy addition to any garden.

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