May 2014

May 2014


So this is one of the Southern Hemisphere vegetation pattern models in the garden.

What’s that about, then?

The basic concept for these models is very simple – instead of planting a collection of Australian plants, that could come from anywhere in Australia and would never meet in nature, you pick a particular part of Australia, and plant what has evolved to grow together there.

That way, you get an idea of context, instead of just individual plants; you not only get to see that beautiful eucalyptus, you also get to see roughly what sort of context it would be growing in in its native habitat.

This particular Australian model is of a subalpine eucalyptus forest, of the kind you might find in south-west Australia or in Tasmania.

So why is it a model?

Simply because it would be impossible to re-create the real thing. Not even in an absolutely gigantic garden, and probably not even in Australia. And certainly not in one corner of three quarters of an acre in Scotland!

The aim is to create an area that would be recognizable to anyone who knows the real thing.

And… how do you do that?

It’s not as easy as it sounds! Firstly, you need to have a good knowledge of the plants that occur in your chosen vegetation pattern. Then, you need to pick a vegetation pattern that has a climate and conditions compatible with yours. And of course, the plants need to be available – you can’t just go and dig them out and bring them home. The ones here come either from seed, or from nurseries or garden centres in the UK.

Given all that…. make a list of plants you’ll need, and start planting! It’s very rewarding, and you don’t have to make it difficult for yourself by choosing Southern Hemisphere models for a Scottish garden… although you’d be surprised how well those seem to do here.

Are you going to witter on for much longer, or can we see some photos?

No, that’s it for now; although you will quite likely find more witterings in the other garden area pages… plenty of images can be found in the photo gallery pages that go with each garden area page.

I hope you enjoy browsing them 🙂