Author(s): Lawrie Metcalf; Roy Edwards
There is increasing enthusiasm for using native plants in gardens throughout New Zealand. This book is aimed at helping gardeners and landscaping professionals to select and care for native ground-cover plants in order to create low-maintenance, good-looking, and sustainable gardens. The authors show how a carefully considered use of New Zealand native plants as ground cover can reduce maintenance in gardens of all sizes while creating an aesthetically pleasing environment. They suggest suitable ground cover plants, based not only on the species but also on the continuing development of the range of hybrids and cultivars that are now available
to gardeners. Accompanied by more than 100 color photographs, these suggestions will help with your plant selection.
Lawrie Metcalf is one of New Zealand's most well-known and trusted authors writing about our native flora, with more than 11 popular titles published, including photographic and identification guides, and books on the cultivation and propagation of native plants. Roy Edwards is a lecturer in horticulture at Lincoln University and has extensive experience in plant use and selection. He has written guides to the university's grounds and has contributed to Garden Design: A New Zealand guide, and Going Native: Making use of New Zealand native plants (both published by Canterbury University Press).