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What are Global Gardening plants?

Posted Jun 23 2009 6:54pm

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Global Gardening aims to inspire anyone who grows their plants in a garden, patio, window box, grow-bag or even a pot to think about how plants are challenged by climate change.

The Plant Lists on the Home Page provide suggestions of over 100  plants that survive well in our changing climate and offer a range of choices for designing your garden. Here is  a description of the different plant types featured:

MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS

These include a wide variety of colourful  flowers and plants from countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea such as Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey and beautiful islands likeMadeira, Capri, Corisca, Sardinia and Sicily. They survive in very bright sunshine adore drought conditions and dislike wet and cold winters being damaged by frosts. Examples include oleander, agapanthas, lavenders and  many herbs such as thyme, basil and rosemary - click  here for more:

http://www.myglobalgarden.com/blog/category/climate-change-gardening/plants/medi

Califonian Tree Poppy - Romneya coulteriThyme - Thymus vulgaris

There are hundreds of books about Mediterranean plants -  try  The Mediterranean Gardener by Hugh Latymer for inspiration or view others at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mediterranean-Gardener-Hugh-Latymer/dp/0711206317

The Mediterreanean Plant Society has interesting stories from gardeners who grow many of these plants in their own gardens.This is great for finding out more about the practicalities of these easy to grow plants and flowers.

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/plants.html

The following groups of plants offer year round interest as they are mainly evergreen. Perfect for gardeners seeking dramatic plants but many will only flourish in well protected winter gardens They transport you to an overseas paradise with their exotic flowers and architectural forms.

TROPICAL PLANTS

These orginate from between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn where the weather is very hot - normally above (20c) and the high humidity encourages lush plant growth.If grown in the UK these plants will need winter protection and lots of sprayin with water to create humidity in summers. Examples are members of the bananna family (musa), Hedychium (ginger plant).

http://www.myglobalgarden.com/blog/category/climate-change-gardening/plants/architectural

SUB TROPICAL PLANTS

These come from the are between the tropical and temperate zones with slightly lower temperatures normally between ( 15-20c). Many sub tropical p lants wil survive the UK winter climate with care and protection. These include popular plants now seen in UK gardens such as corydylines and phormiums.

http://www.myglobalgarden.com/blog/category/climate-change-gardening/plants/arch

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EXOTICS

This term describes plants that come fr om very hot, humid environments such as the Caribbean, South America, and South East Asia where temperatures are very hot and the atmosphere is humid with plenty of moisture. They are often strikingly unusual and colourful and will survive our hotter summers providing they have plenty of moisture. They include Birds of Paradise, orchids, hibiscus, bougainvilea and some exotic lillies - many grown as conservatory plants:

http://www.myglobalgarden.com/blog/category/climate-change-gardening/plants/exot

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There are a number of excellent books that you can read to discover more about these plant categories:

The Enclyclopedia of Exotic Plants by Will Giles

http://www.exoticgarden.com/

Palms wont grow here and other myths - warm climate plants for cooler areas by David Francko

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palms-Wont-Grow-Other-Myths/dp/0881925756

Architectural plants by Christine Shaw

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Architectural-Plants-Christine-Shaw/dp/0007204701

Tropical Garden Design by Made Wijaya

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tropical-Garden-Design-Made-Wijaya/dp/050028444X

The Tropical Garden by William Warren

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tropical-Garden-Plants-William-Warren/dp/0500283419/ref=


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