Many of the plants used for under-planting have a strappy like appearance and have the ability to cope with dry conditions. Some of these are Cordyline australis, a New Zealand native, Dianella longifolia and Dianella caerulea. Nandina “Moonbay” or Sacred Bamboo is a dwarf plant that has wonderful colour changes during the year. Ruscus hypoglossum or butchers broom, is a very unusual plant that is a native to northern Italy and Turkey. It needs very limited water but still looks good with its glossy dark green leaves and the tiny pale lemon flowers which sit on each leaf.