Latitudinal Planting

Latitudinal planting is a method of choosing plants according to their latitude. It makes sense to think that plants from the same latitude as Perth (north or south of the equator) would also thrive in Perth (height above sea-level is also a consideration). We speak with Peter Nixon, the founder of Designer Growers Network (DGN), which was established to promote latitudinal planting and the growing of some of those plants here. The plants are also chosen for their designer appeal. They can be found under the DGN logo at local nurseries.

Examples of best fit plants for Sydneysiders include:

  • Medinilla magnifica, Sth East Asia

  • Bromeliad

  • Alpinia caerulea red back

  • Melianthus major commonly know as Honey bush

  • Xanthosoma sagittiformis

The most important thing to remember when observing latitudinal planting is altitude, that is, plants that survive in the Andes won't survive in the arid regions of NSW.

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