Hiding in our Little garden is the giant Phormium tenax. Originally from New Zealand, these monstrous plants were utilised well by the Maoris. They made textiles by scraping, pounding and washing the leaves for the strong fibres. It was also used to make ropes and even sails for boats.
They are easy to grow in a sunny sheltered spot, but may need a little protection in Winter in exposed areas. The striking leaves look like silver swords exploding out of the ground, creating a giant fan that towers over 2 metres in height. This perennial will give great impact in any garden and it creates important winter structure at Gravetye.