Add diversity to your garden with native plants

Last Updated : 02 Apr 2024
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Native plants are not only loved by native birds for the food and habitats they provide, but are good for stabilising your soil and absorbing rainwater.

Having backyards planted with natives across Tāmaki Makaurau is good for the movement and survival of native birds, insects and lizards and it helps mitigate the effects of flooding.

Consider diversity in your backyard planting - there’s a suitable native plant for most situations:


Oioi is a dense grass that is usually found next to estuaries and waterways, it’s great for slowing the flow of water. It also produces beautiful red/pink flowers in summer which are a rich source of food and habitat for native insects. Native lizards hide in the dense grass too.


If you’re concerned about soil stability on your property, manuka is a fast-growing plant which will quickly lay down roots and bind the soil together. There are lots of different colours and forms of manuka to choose from so you’re sure to find one to suit your garden.






A versatile plant that can be trimmed into hedges of all sizes and a great source of wind protection. Corokia also produce yellow flowers in spring and is pollinated by one of our native bee species.


This slow-growing plant introduces diversity to your backyard and will do well in the semi-shade of other plants. The dainty clusters of flowers vary in colour and are lightly scented, bringing your spring garden to life.

Tips for planting

  • If you are in a flood-affected area, your soil may be contaminated so it is important to wear gloves when removing and replanting vegetation.
  • Eco-sourcing plants is the best way to make sure you are planting seedlings that will survive and thrive in the Auckland environment. Find out how here.
  • If the plants mentioned here aren’t right for you, Auckland Botanic Gardens has a great resource to find plants to suit your backyard. You can search plants using filters for what your needs are, the condition of the site, flower colour and even scent.

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