New Zealand Flax
(Phormium) These col ourful plants with sword- shaped leaves in a variety of colours -from yellows and creams to reds and pinks -go well against the palms.
New Zealand flax
, introduced in 1874, played an important role in the island's economy, and the museum houses a section showing the development of this industry which flourished, particularly during the early 1950s, when St Helena hemp was exported to the UK for use in tying the mail bags of the British Post Office.
The bold Phormium or New Zealand Flax
will add drama to your planting scheme.
To clean away the blood, they used muka--fibers of New Zealand flax
, harakeke (Phormium tenax).
The local materials used by these Southern California students included leaf sheafs from the giant philodendron, New Zealand flax
plants, King Palm fruit stems, fan palm, Draco Dracena, iris leaves, date palm fruit stem, grapevine, ivy, honeysuckles and many more.
Like all of the New Zealand flax
family it likes full sun and moist soil to do well.
Other ones you might include in your Ch i golden border would be Choisya ternata 'Sundance' or yellow variegated cordylines and New Zealand Flax
can make a splash.
Chartreuse New Zealand flax
and smoke tree (Cotinus 'Golden Spirit') add a yellow glow at either end, while pink-flowered rock-rose 'Victor Reiter' and wispy restio (Cannomois virgata) soften the other plants' spiky forms.
PHORMIUM OTHERWISE known as New Zealand flax
, these can give your garden a really dramatic twist and stay looking fabulous through the long, dry summer days when the majority of herbaceous perennials are flagging.
You'll need eight New Zealand flax
leaves for each star, cutting four leaves to around 18cm in length and four slightly shorter.
In recent years the New Zealand flax
, Phormium, has become very popular, with its strong, vertical strap-shaped leaves that give height and structure to the garden.
What the Aussies and the Kiwis once saw as little more than weeds - those marvellous tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica and Cyathea australis), the grass trees, the New Zealand flax
(phormiums) and bottle brushes (callistemons) - and dumped on the tip with the rest of the week's garden refuse, we are importing in increasing quantities.