Enhance ecosystem health and look good doing it.

SmithScapes has worked with farmers, councils and landowners all over Canterbury and further afield with advice and implementation on hardy native plants for re-vegetation, riparian and rural planting.

We’re passionate about creating beautiful, sustainable and ecologically sound landscapes on Mid Canterbury farms and lifestyle properties. With many years of specialist experience, we know what works well for our surrounding environment.


  • Entranceways
  • Shelterbelts
  • Laneways
  • Worker accommodation
  • Irrigation ponds
  • Dairy sheds and around effluent ponds
  • Fence line spraying
  • Ongoing maintenance

Benefits of planting

  • Provides Shelter
  • Stabilises waterways
  • Reduces soil loss
  • Stops erosion
  • Reduces stress on crops
  • Warmth for stock
  • Increases grass growth
  • Filters nutrient runoff
  • Screens sheds and effluent ponds
  • Encourages bees

We can manage the process from end-to-end, starting with a plan. We’ll then pre-spray the area to be planted, rip through the soil and fence the area, plant the selected plants and mulch six weeks later, Following up with a release spray keeps on top of pests and ensures plant growth.


Phormium tenax

Phormium tenax
Found throughout New Zealand with stiffer leaves up to 3m long and brownish red flowering stalks from 1.5m to 4m.

Hebe topiaria

Phormium tenax
A compact ball-shaped shrub growing up to 1m. It has greenish-blue leaves and white flowers that appear in early summer.

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Phormium tenax
Shiny bright leaves and reddish brandes. Its shape makes it attractive as hedging or shelter.

Carex secta

Phormium tenax
Forms large tussocks up to 1m tall, with weeping yellowish-green leaves.

Griselinia Ittoralis

Phormium tenax
Attractive dense bushy tree with deep green oval leaves that are thick and shiny. Good for shelter planting and hedging.


Phormium tenax
Small narrow dark green leaves are sharply pointed and its white flowers that appear in spring are loved by bees.

Sephora micro

Phormium tenax
The foliage is fern-like with very tiny light-green leaflets paired along the stem. In spring, the tree is covered with beautiful bright yellow flowers.

Coprosma lobster

Phormium tenax
This robust plant has orange leaves and blue berries to attract birds This upright shrub can grow up to 2m tall.

Muehlenbeckia astonii

Phormium tenax
Can grow to 2.5m and has tangled wiry stems with small round heart shaped dark green leaves that fall in winter.

Chionochioa flavicans

Phormium tenax
This clumping plant grows up to 1m tall and has weeping green leaves. The arching flower stems are up to 1.5m long and carry drooping plumes of a silky pale green.

Coprosma hawera

Form of coprosma was discovered on the cliffs near Hawera. It has small narrow olive-green leaves and makes a tight mat to close the ground.

Native Tree options

  • Rimu
  • Tawa
  • White pine
  • Red beech
  • Totara

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