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Container Gardening In Mild Climates


There is of course, a huge difference between the Mediterranean conditions of coastal Southern California, the cool temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, the subtropical exuberance of South Florida and the glorious fall colors of the Carolinas and Georgia, but one thing that gardeners in every one of these diverse climates do have in common is a relatively mild climate that allows for gardening year-round. This is huge. Just to put it in perspective, the state of New York has four climate zones packed within its boundaries but gardeners from Long Island all the way to the Canadian border all have to worry about bringing their tender plants indoors over winter.

In the milder climates of USDA zones 8-11, it’s possible to leave your frost-sensitive plants outdoors for most of winter, only bringing them indoors when a frost or freeze is expected.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.