What to plant at your place
Wherever you live, whatever your ecosystem type, you can help restore and support our native plants and animals. Any plant will help combat climate change, but locally sourced native plants are best as they also support the region’s unique ecosystems.
Plants that are native to a specific area provide homes and food for birds, lizards and insects that are indigenous to that place. These are called eco-sourced plants and they are grown from other plants that naturally occur in the same ecological district.
You can help support a flourishing native ecosystem by getting the right plant, for the right place. To find out about eco-sourced plants:
Visit our Akura Nursery for advice and to purchase eco-sourced plants. You can also ask at other nurseries, garden centres, and plant shops about eco-sourced plants.
Before you buy plants, get to know your garden and its characteristics; where are the moist places, is wind a factor, and how much sunlight reaches different parts. Knowing these simple things will help you select the right plants for the right place.
Some plants are native to parts of the country, but not to this region. These can become weeds, displacing the local species and changing the character of our ecosystems.
Indigenous plants are important for the region’s unique ecology, and some are irreplaceable once lost.
Eco-sourcing the plants protect the local plant characteristics by strengthening their resilience and genetics. So we recommend eco-sourcing where possible.
If you want to collect seeds and plants then check if you need a permit to do this on public land, and get permission from private landowners.
Planting natives in Wellington (Wellington City Council)
Gardening with native plants (NZPCN)