Green Astelia

Astelias are another spiky New Zealand native shrub which I love growing in my garden. And there is nothing nicer than the clean green variety, shining in the beautiful New Zealand summer sun.

 A very beautiful New Zealand native plant.
Green Astelia

This shining green Astelia grows in the small waterside border which connects the Hen House Garden to Middle Garden. I've sometimes seen a clutch of orange berries close inside - this may be part of its flowering process.

 The stiff spikes behind the Astelia are Phormium tenax.
Green Astelia in Winter

Other Astelias in the Moosey garden are a stylish silver leafed variety, and a disappointing hybrid which is supposed to have ruby wine coloured leaves. Put it this way - that was their colour in the pot in the nursery!