Planting the right trees in your garden will help bring in the birds. Native trees suitable for a smaller garden include Melicytus ramiflorus  (whitey wood, mahoe), Myrsine australis (red matipo, mapou), Melicope ternata (wharangi), Sophora chathamica (kowhai), Coprosma rhamnoides (small leaved coprosma), Coprosma robusta, Hedycaria arborea (pigeonwood, porokaiwhiri), Hebe stricta (koromiko), Phormium tenax (flax, harakeke), Phormium cookianum (coastal flax, wharariki), Pittosporum crassifolium (karo), Pittosporum tenuifolium (kohuhu), Pseudopanax lessonii (coastal five finger).

Those lucky to have a larger garden could plant Vitex lucens (puriri), Belschmeidia tarairi (taraire), Corynocarpus levigatus (karaka), Alectryon excelsus (titoki), and Podocarpus totara (totara).  A quick email to the Bush Society with any queries will be gladly answered.

Excellent native ground covers include Fushia procumbens, Pratia, Selliera radicans, Coprosma hawera.

Native hedging options include Griselinea littoralis and Corokia. Hedging to avoid includes monkey apple, eugenia.

Native plants such as these are best sourced from a native plant nursery such as Oratia Native Plant Nursery or Kaipara Coast Plant Centre.