Topseeds NZ specialises in supplying seed of New Zealand native plants collected in the current season from wild and cultivated sources. Our Catalogue offers a selection of species, most indigenous to the southern South Island, where the hardiest provenances occur. We also offer some species that are well south of their range in the wild, but thrive in the Otago province at 45°S latitude.
At Topseeds NZ we are passionate about the beauty and usefulness of New Zealand native plants for the contrasts of their foliage sizes, shapes, textures and colours, their importance in sustaining birds and invertebrates, their unusual growth habits, and their adaptability to a wide range of conditions. New Zealand's unique native flora (85% of its flowering plant species are endemic) is adapted to a range of habitats, and our plants are very much at home in many temperate regions of both hemispheres. Species and cultivars in a number of genera such as Hebe, Coprosma, Cordyline, Leptospermum, Pittosporum and Phormium have become well established with gardeners in Britain, Europe, North and South America, South Africa and Japan as well as in New Zealand and Australia.
Our Catalogue includes a species selection tool designed to make your choice easier; you can specify the site conditions, your landscape needs and special flower and fruit features... and an illustrated list of plants that meet these criteria will appear. If you prefer you can select from just one category...or from two...or all three.
We hope that our seeds will meet your needs, whether you are wanting to grow a few plants for a home garden space, you're looking for a gift, or you need quantities for larger planting projects...and if the last, do ask us about our bulk discounts. You can contact us at email@example.com.
Recent collections include:
Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata), a slow-growing shrub with beautiful mottled foliage, and now popular as a food and beverage flavouring
Turutu or blueberry (Dianella nigra) , like a miniature flax that mass planted makes a great groundcover with the bonus of its colourful berries in autumn,
Kohia (Parsonsia heterophylla) a beautiful liane with fragrant flowers (it's also known as New Zealand jasmine) and long, thin seed capsules.
Toatoa (Haloragis erecta), a square-stemmed perennial that tolerates poor soils and makes a fast and effective groundcover or filler.
We have begun collecting broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis) a popular hedge and screen species,
and soon to be listed are two shrub daisies; Pachystegia insignis, the spectacular Marlborough rock daisy grows wild on cliffs and other rocky places in the north-eastern South Island, and Olearia x macrodonta a hybrid of the mountain holly (Olearia ilicifolia) which thrives in cool conditions with good drainage.