For those of you from other areas here is a short list of our
major community groupings and how they relate to you: Remember rain
doesn't wet the soil in most of California from May to October. Our
soils generally have moisture for growth of natives (deeper than 1
inch) from Jan 1 to June first. Our winters have sharp frosts followed
by mild conditions. Our summers can extend into December and have 50
mile an hour winds with no humidity. No water, no humidity. Only a few
places in California have the ground freeze deeper than an inch. (For
more detail see our habitat
COASTAL SALT MARSH= coastal marshes from Texas to Va.
Constantly wet with a high sodium or calcium content. Halophytes!
COASTAL SCRUB=CHAPARRAL= The mixed forests from W. VA. south
along the E. coast. Eastern Australia, South France, and S. Africa.
Lavenders, Rockrose, Sunrose, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Oaks, Pines.
REDWOOD= East Texas to Fl. up to Va. along the coast. Many of
the areas of high rainfall in the tropics are similar. High humidity,
fog drip, rain drip, dew drip, drip drip. Temperatures vary from 40-60
degrees F. all year.
WOODLANDS= The pine forests in the Northwest and Southeast.
The oak savannas of N.S. America, France, N. Spain. The Eucalyptus
Savannas of Australia. Seasonally wet, then kinda dry. Hot in summer,
PINE AND FIR FORESTS= Conifer Forest= This is the group that
is excellent in the pine forests throughout the U.S.. The YEL and FIR
could be also tried in Canada and Central Europe. Yosemite, Grants
Grove, the pictures of the west you dream of visiting.
HIGH PINE FORESTS=
Boreal Forest=The drier areas of the high plains, higher elevations of
the east and Northwest, Colorado. Central Turkey and China. Frost at
anytime. Beautiful day followed by cold windy night. Fattest chipmunks
you've ever seen. (Bubbamunks). Plants from here like to be left alone
in the winter and are usually only active in mid-summer. It's
surprising how well they do in many ‘normal' gardens.
DRY SCRUB WOODLANDS= best tried in Ariz. through Utah and down
to W. Texas, N. Africa, Portugal, W. Australia, Greece, Turkey. Best in
areas of limited or winter rainfall.
GRASSLANDS AND PERENNIAL PLACES= Southern prairie, Transvaal
and Pampas for PRAIRIE and GRASS. Northern Prairie for FELL. Any wet
area for FMARSH or MEADOW. Put these plants under a bird bath or horse
DESERT= The great basin and the drier
parts of the prairie, Chile, SW. Africa, E. Middle East, and C.
Australia. More summer rain, but less overall rain. (Like a 1/2