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Plants for Mediterranean Climate Gardens

Trevor Nottle



9.5×7.1in • 24.1×17.8cm

128 pages

100 colour plates

index included

ISBNs: 1877058149 • 9781877058141

Rosenberg Publishing • 2004

Over the last 25 years, The intention of this book, and the series that follows, is to introduce to readers a wider range of plants suited to gardening in Mediterranean climate areas of the world. Since the 1970s appreciation of the challenges and pleasures of gardening in Mediterranean climates has grown rapidly, sufficiently so for a thriving society to operate on an international scale. This has supported a number of books on the theme that explore the plants, style, history and personalities of the genre. Yet there remains ample room to write more, especially concerning the enormous variety of plants as yet scarcely known that can adorn our gardens.

It is now widely accepted that the Mediterranean climate regions are those found around the shores of the Mediterranean itself, much of coastal, central and southern California, Cape Province in South Africa, the southwest corner of Western Australia, coastal and southern South Australia, and much of the southeast corner of Australia including Victoria and southern New South Wales, and the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. There are, in addition, many other parts of the world that offer climates that fall within the broadest boundaries of the concept-cool, wet winters and long, hot, dry summers.

This book surveys 100 attractive plants well adapted to hot, long dry summers and mild wet winters arranged in categories for:

Shade makers

Russian Olive; Tree of Chastity; Rothmania globosa; Bridal Veil Broom; + 6 more including natives of Australia, South Africa and California

Statement makers

Romneya coulteri Nolina recurvifolia; Cycas revolute; Agave villmoriniana; Aloe plicatilis; Cordyline australis Purpurea; Yucca whipplei; + 3 more stunners

Structure makers

Rhagodia spinescens; Atriplex (salt bush); Clivia; Pelargonium tomentosum; + 6 more to define the style

Scent makers

10 high performance scented plants including Tree gardenia and Persian lilac

Silver super stars

Helichrysum petiolare; Artemisia x 'Powis Castle'; Artemisia x 'Lambrook Silver'; Santolina pectinata; Euphorbia rigida; + 4 more

Surprising super specials

Tree peonies; White Plectranthus; Echium wildprettii; Tree Lupin; and 6 more plants of distinction

Useful too

the Olive; Pomegranate; Jujube; Asian Lime tree; Carob; Duranta repens (hedge); Carissa (hedge); Date palms; plus two more edible and useful hardy plants

Successful succulents

10 of the best for garden/ landscape use

Perfect perennials

10 drought tolerant and guaranteed performers

Motley crew

10 reliable cottage garden and heritage survivors

There is a picture per opening page with a short description plus tips about using the plant with other plants and general culture. A short introduction sets the tone by explaining the mechanisms plants from Mediterranean type climates have developed to enable them to succeed. A short chapter gives up-to-date information on the latest sub-surface irrigation systems.

Trevor Nottle is an internationally known author and lecturer especially renowned for his book Gardens of the Sun in which he introduced the key concepts necessary for sustainable and successful gardening in Mediterranean climate regions of the world. With this book he expands on the range of plants that add to the pleasure of gardening in Mediterranean climates. Chosen for their drought tolerance, thriftiness in difficult circumstances and diversity, there are plants for every purpose. Trevor Nottle is also the Manager of the Torrens Valley TAFE, Centre for Horticulture in Adelaide, South Australia where under his leadership sustainable water practices in gardening, landscape and production horticulture are taught across the curriculum.

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