When you think of Flax, the first species that comes to mind is likely the distinct native New Zealand species, Harakeke (common flax) with large sword like leaves, vibrant red flowers, and thick fibrous stems. However there is a wide range of exceptional flax varieties, offering diverse foliage in blacks, reds, greens, yellows, and striped markings – that all make excellent additions to garden landscapes. With graceful flowing leaves, Flax can enhance the visual dynamics of your outdoor space, complementing design styles with ease.
These versatile and resilient plants offer a blend of beauty and functionality. Alongside their aesthetic charm and sense of movement in a space, the fibrous stems and roots of Flax help stabilise soil, prevent erosion and promote soil health. Suitable for gardens, containers, and even wetland environments, flax can be adapted to suit a broad range of design and practical applications.
The nectar-rich flowers of flax also offer tempting sustenance for native birds and essential insects, contributing to biodiversity to foster a healthier garden environment. Flax is a beneficial choice for those seeking to attract beautiful birds, butterflies and bees to your garden.