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New Zealand native ground cover plants : a practical guide for gardeners and landscapers / Lawrie Metcalf, Roy Edwards.

By: Metcalf, L. J. (Lawrence James), 1928- [author.].
Contributor(s): Edwards, Roy (Roy Alexander) [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Christchurch, New Zealand : Canterbury University Press, 2014Description: 110 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781927145616 (pbk.).Subject(s): Native plant gardening -- New Zealand -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Ground cover plants -- New Zealand -- Identification | Native plants for cultivation -- New Zealand -- IdentificationDDC classification: 635.95193 Summary: "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. As with other forms of gardening, ground cover planting is most successful and satisfying when thoughtfully planned, with plants chosen to fit the design objectives and scale of the area to be planted. Hasty, ill-informed choices aimed solely at easy care can result in gardens that need to be removed a few years later because the area has become overgrown or the plants are unsuitable for the site. 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 colour photographs, these suggestions will help with your plant selection. The book also covers important topics for preparing the ground, such as: What is a ground cover plant? Designing your garden Propagating New Zealand native ground cover plants Ground preparation - weeds, cultivation and herbicides"--Back cover.
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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. As with other forms of gardening, ground cover planting is most successful and satisfying when thoughtfully planned, with plants chosen to fit the design objectives and scale of the area to be planted. Hasty, ill-informed choices aimed solely at easy care can result in gardens that need to be removed a few years later because the area has become overgrown or the plants are unsuitable for the site. 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 colour photographs, these suggestions will help with your plant selection.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"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. As with other forms of gardening, ground cover planting is most successful and satisfying when thoughtfully planned, with plants chosen to fit the design objectives and scale of the area to be planted. Hasty, ill-informed choices aimed solely at easy care can result in gardens that need to be removed a few years later because the area has become overgrown or the plants are unsuitable for the site. 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 colour photographs, these suggestions will help with your plant selection. The book also covers important topics for preparing the ground, such as: What is a ground cover plant? Designing your garden Propagating New Zealand native ground cover plants Ground preparation - weeds, cultivation and herbicides"--Back cover.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 7)
  • What is a ground cover plant? (p. 11)
  • The battle for resources (p. 11)
  • A different kind of gardening (p. 13)
  • Habit of growth (p. 15)
  • The classification of ground cover plants (p. 16)
  • Carpet or mat formers (p. 16)
  • Sprawlers (p. 16)
  • Hummock formers (p. 17)
  • Clump formers (p. 19)
  • Spreaders (p. 19)
  • Rosette formers (p. 20)
  • Plant names (p. 21)
  • Designing your garden (p. 23)
  • Colour, line, form and texture (p. 24)
  • Calculating how many plants you will need (p. 26)
  • The best height for ground cover plants (p. 27)
  • Propagating New Zealand native ground cover plants (p. 29)
  • Choosing your propagation method (p. 29)
  • Seeds and spores (p. 30)
  • Growing plants by seed or by vegetative methods (p. 30)
  • Suiting the environment: provenance and hybrids (p. 30)
  • Propagating by seed (p. 31)
  • Extracting seed (p. 32)
  • Seed storage (p. 33)
  • Seed dormancy (p. 34)
  • Sowing seeds (p. 35)
  • Propagation by vegetative means (p. 36)
  • Division of clumps (p. 37)
  • Layering (p. 38)
  • Rhizomes (p. 38)
  • Cuttings (p. 38)
  • Stem cuttings (p. 39)
  • Leaf cuttings and plantlets (p. 40)
  • Procedure for setting cuttings (p. 41)
  • Potting up or planting out rooted cuttings (p. 42)
  • Placement of container-grown plants (p. 43)
  • Planting out established plants (p. 44)
  • Planting out from the open ground (p. 44)
  • Planting out from containers (p. 46)
  • Planting times (p. 46)
  • Soil and potting mix (p. 46)
  • Planting depth and staking (p. 47)
  • Ground preparation: weeds, cultivation and herbicides (p. 49)
  • The battle against weeds (p. 49)
  • Types of weeds (p. 50)
  • Annuals versus perennials (p. 51)
  • Cultivation (p. 54)
  • Herbicides (p. 55)
  • Types of herbicide (p. 55)
  • Applying herbicides: some tips (p. 56)
  • Using herbicides at different stages (p. 56)
  • Before planting (p. 57)
  • Immediately post planting (p. 57)
  • Post planting in established ground cover (p. 58)
  • Which herbicide should I use? (p. 59)
  • Other methods of weed control (p. 60)
  • Using mulch after planting (p. 60)
  • Weed removal by physical means (p. 61)
  • Ground cover plants (p. 63)
  • Glossary (p. 100)
  • Sources of New Zealand native ground cover plants (p. 104)
  • Useful references (p. 105)
  • Index of New Zealand native ground cover plants (p. 106)