A practical field guide to New Zealand's native edible plants. Andrew Crowe
Gardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native Plants by Cave, Paddison
Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand by Poole and Adams
Landscaping with New Zealand grasses and tufted plants
The New Zealand grasses and similar tufted plants make ideal compliments to trees, shrubs and ground-covers that may be used in landscaping an ornamental border. They help create a natural or less contrived feel to a garden, move in the wind and require litlle maintenance.
Consider the following examples
Carex are plants of damp or wet ground, however they perform well in cultivation with a little care and attention over the drier months.
Carex comans 'frosted curls'
Cordyline pumilio dwarf cabbage tree. Good in all situations and with its beautiful flowers in spring this overlooked plant makes an ideal addition.
Libertia ixioides, L. grandiflora, L. perigrinans . These natives found within the Iris family all exhibit attractive leaf shape and colour, with white flowers and attractive fruits.
Dianella Nigra Ink berry. turutu. With its dainty blue black berries in autumn and green foliage this plant is ideal in all New Zealand gardens.
Cortaderia and Chionochloa. Toe-toe with their massive plumes create that distinctly New Zealand feel to all gardens.(never to be confused with that exotic import Pampas).
How do I tell the diffrence between toetoe and Pampas??
Machaerina sinclairii has strap like leaves and likes a shadey or damp spot.
Ghania salicifolia Kauri grass seeds