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Summer planting
Contrary to popular opinion, summer planting is fine as long as adequate water is provided throughout any prolonged dry periods. This allows you to take advantage of increased summer growth.
Astelia banksii
Height: 1m;  Spread: 1.5m
Wharawhara (Lily & Iris-like)
Fine silver flax-like leaves. Coastal. Requires both very dry and shady conditions.
» For a landscaping perspective on Astelia see this article by O2 Landscapes...
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A stunning silvery green native that will add texture and colour to your garden
Growing tips:
On 28/04/2014, Bobbie Carroll said:
To reduce the chance of 'root rot' which Astelia is prone to plant on a slight mound and keep the base clear of build up.