In addition to maritime
climates already mentioned
there are many others, including the Mediterranean
climate (as found
in southern parts of Europe, California, South Africa, Australia and
central Chile) that is typifi ed by hot dry summers and mild winters. The
characteristics of a range of the world climate types are given in Table 2.4.
Plants native to these other areas can present a challenge for those wishing
to grow them in the British Isles. To some extent plants are tolerant, but
care must be taken when dealing with the plant’s degree of hardiness (its ability to withstand all the features in the climate to which it is exposed).
Plant species that originated in sub-tropical areas
(such as south-east
China and USA) tend to be vulnerable to frosts and those from tropical
and equatorial regions
are most commonly associated with growing
under complete protection such as in conservatories and hothouses.
|Table 2.4 A summary of some of the world climates