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Gardener’s Guide to the Mediterranean Climate

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Although late in the series, this article is in the nature of an introduction to the author’s contributions on gardening with Mediterranean plants. Comparison of our own with regions of similar climate throughout the world helps in the cultivation of their plants. The series will continue in a future issue with an examination of the garden possibilities of flowering shrubs from Western Australia.
On the west coasts of all the great land masses of the world and on the warmer sides of the temperate regions (those that are farthest from the poles) lie those sunny lands that nevertheless are not deserts, but, instead, support rich and remarkable floras. There are five such areas of Mediterranean climate: the land bordering the Mediterranean on all sides, our own Pacific slopes, central Chile, southwestern and southern Australia and a small western portion of the Cape of Good Hope in Southern Africa. In the northern hemisphere, these areas are roughly centered around 40° latitude and in the southern hemisphere around 35°, an important difference, as we shall see.

No two climates of the world are exactly alike, yet all these regions have much in common. First and foremost, these are,...

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