This new plant introduction is a biggie. The plant that Anthony Tesselaar Plants is about to release in New Zealand has that rare mixture of presence, dependability and fabulous looks. The fact that it has been swept up already in Australia and the United States without producing showy flowers says a great deal. Yes this is an extraordinary foliage plant…
Pacific Coprosmas are evergreen, densely foliaged plants which will grow ultimately to a metre. They grow well in full sun through to part shade; they cope very well when water is scare; coastal spray doesn’t bother them; you can clip them, or not; and if you remember to throw them a handful of slow release fertilizer in Spring, fantastic but not essential. In other words they are as low maintenance as you can probably get.
Housekeeping aside, if you take a look at these plants you start to see, not only how lovely they are, but how useful they could be in anyone’s garden. They rock it in pots clipped into classic topiary shapes. Likewise they eclipse a classic buxus clipped hedge. In fact Pacific Coprosmas make great hedges whether they are clipped low to run along a path or left to reach their full metre of height in a series of natural soft mounds. Fans of massed planting will instantly spot the possibility of planting chunky wedges of foliage colour, or if you have a garden bed filled with strappy foliage, imagine a few randomly placed clipped Pacific Coprosma orbs set amongst it all. You get the idea – this is a very useful new plant introduction.
There are two Pacific Coprosmas to check out – Pacific Sunrise with its chocolate brown foliage tipped with hot pink highlights; and Pacific Sunset where the leaf centre is vivid red and the edges are rimmed in chocolate. Seems like the only negative here is that you have to make a choice. Or do you?
Feature article from Anthony Tesselaar Plants. For further information and more inspirational planting ideas, visit www.tesselaar.com
Coprosma Pacific Sunset
Coprosma Pacific Sunrise