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Tigridia pavonia “Liliacea” – Jockey’s Cap Lily

This is an Iris, not a lily as the English name suggests, growing to about 60cm. Outlandish pink flowers rise from pleated iris foliage making an eye-catching tropical statement.

Tigridia deserve to be much more common in Karin’s garden than they are. “Liliacea” seems to come true from seed, and self-seeds reliably once established. The garden that let me have my plants routinely mows them in the lawn.

Click here to go to the  Tigridia pavonia “Liliacea” page in Karin’s Garden.

Alternatively the white variety, which I take to be T. pavonia “Alba Grandiflora” is also striking.

Yucca filamentosa – Adam’s Needle and Thread

Yucca filamentosa – Adam’s Needle and Thread

The flower spike is up to 2.0m tall raising above leaves that lend to fold, so they never rise above about 60cm. Spikes of bell-shaped, green-white flowers rise from a basal rosette of sword-like leaves with filaments along their margins.

This stemless Yucca (it does not develop a trunk) deserves to be much more common in Karin’s Garden than it is. A highly reliable and trouble free plant that comes in non-variegated forms as well as the variegated form shown below. The eye-catching flower spikes provide interest for at least a couple of months. Normally I would expect these to flower in Autumn, so maybe these young plants in our personal garden are unusual in flowering this early.

Click here to go to the Yucca filamentosa page in Karin’s Garden.


Agapanthus “Brilliant Blue”

Vigorous herbaceous plant with flowers rising to about 1m above leaves to about 50cm. Violet-blue flower heads 6” across, above deep green, strap-like leaves.

Widely grown in Karin’s Garden, this is a fabulous plant, providing masses of colour year after year with little or no maintenance. This is one plant that even non-gardeners in New Zealand will recognise and enjoy.

Click here to go to the Agapanthus “Brilliant Blue” page in Karin’s Garden.

Rhododendron Sect. Vireya “Tropic Glow”

This is an evergreen shrub, with an open form, growing to about 2M tall. Masses of large, bright orange flowers throughout spring against glossy, mid-green foliage.

Vireyas are not fully hardy. However, they do seem to survive in coastal Tasman. The

Click here to go to the Rhododendron Sect. Vireya “Tropic Glow” page in Karin’s Garden.

Zantedeschia Purple Haze

Zantedeschia “Purple Haze” – Calla Lily

This is a herbaceous plant, growing to about 40cm; with purple, spathe shaped flowers for a prolonged period from early summer. Dramatic rich purple spathes rise above spotted, arrow-shaped leaves.

Whilst the large white Zantedeschia aethiopica is common in coastal Tasman, and there are some of the larger golden hybrids, there are few of the smaller, usually purple, hybrids. They are not easy to come by, so you have to snap up any rather unpromissing rhizomes that you come across, and some of those offered for sale can be miserably small. They bulk up quickly – the plant pictured here is in its second year.

Click here to go to the Zantedeschia “Purple Haze” page in Karin’s Garden.

Hymenosporum flavum

Hymenosporum flavum – Australian Frangipani

This is normally grown as a small garden tree, pruned to about 6M tall. Clusters of fragrant white flowers, ageing to yellow, cover this tree in early summer.

This plant is widely grown in coastal Tasman, where it reliably produces light shade and fragrance. The one pictured below was planted four years ago and is probably about ten years old.

Click here to go to the Hymenosporum flavum page in Karin’s Garden.

Leucospermum x “Scarlet Ribbons”

Leucospermum x “Scarlet Ribbons” – Pincushion Protea

This is a small bush, growing up to 1.5M, flowering through late spring and early summer. Orange stamens rise above a cushion of red ribbons in each inflorescence.

This year the Pincushion Proteas are out late in Motueka. The flowers are long-lasting, making the bush a stunning sight. Also excellent as cut flowers. However, this fabulous plant is not easy to come by, is difficult to propagate, and is not long lived. Which presumably explains why there are only a few of these around Motueka.

Click here to go to the Leucospermum x “Scarlet Ribbons” page in Karin’s Garden.

Trachelospermum jasminioides – Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminioides – Star Jasmine

This is vigorous vine that can reach 5M tall. Covered in a mass of highly fragrant white flowers in late spring and early summer.

This can be casually mistaken for true Jasmine, which also flourishes in Tasman. T. jasminioides is most commonly seen covering a fence, as pictured here. The scent is astonishing. It is a vigorous plant. The one pictured here is one plant that has been pruned to keep it within its allotted space.

Click here to go to the Trachelospermum jasminioides page in Karin’s Garden.

Kalmia latifolia “Minuet” – Dwarf Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia “Minuet” – Dwarf Mountain Laurel

This is a medium sized evergreen shrub (up to 1.5m high), flowering in late spring. Pink buds open from icing piping shaped buds, to gorgeous flowers with a striking maroon-red band around the inside edge.

This is a dwarf version of the usual Kalmia latifolia. It seems to thrive in the soil and climate of Karin’s Garden. The flower buds are the usual icing piping shape of a Kalmia, but the flowers are flatter and less bell-shaped than other Kalmias when fully open. The purple band inside the petals is an unusual and distinguishing feature.

Click here to go to the Kalmia latifolia “Minuet” page in Karin’s Garden.

Aloe polyphylla – Spiral Aloe

Aloe polyphylla – Spiral Aloe

This is a stemless succulent to 1.0m tall when in flower. Pannicles of bright orange flowers in early summer, over spiral leaf rosette.

The spiral leaf rosette is the main feature of this plant, which is a joy year round. They can be expensive, and a quick check on TradeMe found on being offered for $135!

Click here to go to the Aloe polyphylla page in Karin’s Garden.