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From trees to ground covers, ferns to hebes, an expert guide to the top 100 New Zealand native plants for gardens.

From trees to ground covers, ferns to hebes, an expert guide to the top 100 New Zealand native plants for gardens.

Since its first publication, this book has been an indispensable guide for gardeners wishing to use New Zealand plants. Now extensively revised, it features inspirational and practical advice on 100 species that are easy to grow and maintain, across a range of climates.

It lists each plant's likes and dislikes and gives sage advice for care and maintenace and for combatting pests and problems. It suggests how your soil can be best prepared for maximum growing results and gives creative landscaping tips for combining textures and forms to maximum effect.

Engagingly written by the head gardener at Larnach Castle, whose gardens are world-renowned, it deserves a place on every gardener's book shelf.


... the question may be whether to buy the updated one. The answer is definitely yes, as a third of the plants are different. The photographs and layout have been updated, giving a modern look, while concentrating on 100 plants — from shrubs and trees to ferns and climbers — ensures each one is well-covered, with cultivation tips and pests or disease likely to be encountered. As well as Latin and common English names, Maori words are given. In 100 best native plants for New Zealand gardens Eadie's passion for our plants shines through and should inspire everyone to extend their plantings of natives, small and large.

Gillian Vine, Otago Daily Times

When Fiona Eadie's 100 Best Native Plants for New Zealand Gardens was first published in 2001, gardeners seized it with justifiable enthusiasm. It has remained extremely popular, with numerous reprints, an updated edition in 2008 and now another revised edition has been produced. This time, a third of the plants are different from those in the original, so even those with an old copy will find lots that is fresh, including many photographs. The layout has been modernised, improving the overall look, but one thing that remains unchanged is the commitment of the author to natives as invaluable plants for every New Zealand garden. In 2002, after 15 years in Auckland, Fiona returned to her home city, Dunedin, to take over as head gardener at Larnach Castle. These days, visitors to the Otago Peninsula garden can spot her influence for, encouraged by owner Margaret Barker, Larnach Castle probably has its most extensive native plantings ever. In 100 Best Native Plants for New Zealand Gardens, Eadie's passion for our plants shines through and whether your patch calls for shrubs, trees, ferns, grasses, groundcovers or climbers, you'll find it here.

Gillian Vine, Weekend Gardener

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