Phormium actually originates from New Zealand. Over the course of a decade, he can grow up to 1.5m tall and wide. His impressive swordlike leaves have the most delicate red border to them which looks stunning in the evening light.
Available in a few colours, it looks great potted up on a patio or balcony, but you can also plant it directly in the ground. It likes a spot that gets at least a few hours of sun and doesn't mind shielding other plants from gusty winds. It’s very undemanding, just asking that you water it every now and again.
Did you know?
Maori used to use the strong fibres to make everything from fishing line to baskets to shoes.