Forming a neat, tight mound of grey-green, evergreen foliage, this attractive shrub looks like it has just been clipped over, hence its name. White flowers open in June and July on knobbly branches bearing half inch long, eliptical leaves. This one is completely hardy in the UK. In its New Zealand home, it grows wild in the Nelson mountains, to the north of the South Island.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.