By Rosemary McCarthy, Librarian
The coastal garden: design inspiration from wild New Zealand (2015) by Isobel Gabites
Gabites deftly leads the gardener through the planning decision-making process before any plants go in the ground. To begin, the gardener needs to understand the physical environment and how indigenous plant communities naturally change over time and have been impacted by human activities. There is a wealth of information for Kāpiti Coast gardeners who are right by the shore, in dune country, by the estuaries, next to wetlands or lakes or in the nikau belt. For each type of habitat there is a description of suitable plants and their water and nutrient requirements. Advice on planting for aesthetic appeal shows how colours, shapes and textures can both accentuate individual species and bring harmony with the whole landscape. Detail on soil types and how to weed, mulch and irrigate effectively arm the gardener for success.