The majority of gardening problems are caused by not recognising the climate needs of your plants. Charlie Albone shows us how it's done!
Australia has 5 different climatic zones, with 4 out of the 5 being characterised by high summer temperatures. The equatorial and tropical zones, are located in the far north, and subtropical covers much of the mid-queenland coast. These zones receive a lot higher rainfall and humidity than others so pick plants that can tolerate this - my favorites are gingers and heliconas!
- Grassland and desert zones with hot dry summers, account for a massive area of central Australia and the west, and as obvious as it might sound, drought-tolerant native grasses and succulents are going to be your best bet here!
- The final classification, temperate, covers the densely populated suburban areas, inland and coastal regions, in both the south-east and south-west. The temperate zones allow you to successfully grow the widest range of plants, due to milder temperatures and reliable rainfall - from ferns to succulents, and almost everything in between, including fruit trees.
- Inland areas often get a light frost can actually be blessing as it can help to control pests such as fruit flies - top tip: winter chill factor should be avoided for some fruit trees, especially citrus.
To avoid being disappointed, look up what climatic zone your garden is in put some effort into selecting plants that are really going to enjoy the conditions.
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