Garden considerations

When contemplating the distribution of our favourite species in the garden (ranging from tiny annuals to large trees), a thought may be given to their position in the succession process back in the natural habitat of their country of origin (see also p73). Some will be species commonly seen to colonize bare habitats. Most garden species will fall into the middle stages of succession. A few, whether they are trees, climbers, or low-light-requirement annuals or perennials, will be species of the climax succession. The garden contains plant species which compete in their native habitat. The artificial inter-planting of such species from different parts of the world (the situation found in almost all gardens), may give rise to unexpected results as this competition continues year after year. Such experiences are part of the joys, and the heartaches of gardening.

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