Here we present different landscaping ideas for New Zealand gardens. All combine palms trees and cycads with other subtropical plants. These aren’t intended to be definitive; merely stimulation to facilitate finding the design that’s right for you. We’d encourage you to tastefully pick and mix ideas from the different styles as well as others you like.
Rainforests are dark and mysterious with shades of deepest green, dripping leaves and an air of solitude. They mix large tree ferns and palms with dainty maidenhair ferns, orchids and occasional flashes of colour.
We consider Mediterranean gardens in the widest sense; warm, dry gardens reminiscent of southern Europe, California or southern Australia. These gardens combine unusual desert plants, blue/grey palms and bushes with bright flowers such as Bougainvillea, Bird of Paradise and even Geraniums.
Do you live in a chilly spot but long for an exotic garden all the same? Big hardy palms, ferns, bananas, bright flowers and unusual looking things with huge leaves? It’s entirely possible with a little planning.
Maybe you just want a simple garden; a lawn and something easy care that’ll look great, not cost the earth and require little maintenance. Perhaps you’ve a driveway that could do with a bit more than box hedging. Maybe a balcony or courtyard that needs something to give it an edge. Or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a pool (or a pond) that could do with a facelift.
Here we present some thoughts on plantings for a range of different purposes. As with all our suggestions, they’re starting points only. We encourage you to add to and refine with ideas from other sources.
City gardens are proving increasingly popular as urban space becomes limited. This calls for something exotic and stylish, small enough to not crowd out a balcony or decking yet tough enough to tolerate being kept in a pot.