multiculturalism in the garden
There are indigenous plants and then there are immigrant plants – just like in any multicultural society. Some immigrant plants don’t thrive in their new habitat and some do. Some thrive too well, and become noxious weeds. An example of a terrible weed here in Australia is the blackberry. It quickly gets established, then outgrows the native vegetation and is difficult to eradicate.
Californian plants tend to do well as garden plants, here in southeast Australia. The climate must be similar. This was of particular interest to a blogger friend of mine, Pomona, based in California and creator of an excellent garden blog called Tulips in the Woods. As an exercise in trans-hemispheric collaboration, she recently published a post based on communication with me, titled Mimulus From Down Under.
People generalize about native Australian plants being preferable to grow because they are drought resistant, etc. This can’t be true since Australia covers a huge area with huge variations in climate. Lots of indigenous plants do grow well in my garden, but so do lots of the later arrivals.