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Australian Climate Guide

Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.

Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.

Australian Climate Guide

The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:

  • Australian Climate Guide Tropical – hot humid summer .
  • Australian Climate Guide Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
  • Australian Climate Guide Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
  • Australian Climate Guide Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
  • Australian Climate Guide Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
  • Australian Climate Guide Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter
Variety Cool Temperate Arid Semi-Arid Mild tropical Tropical
Achillea
Agapanthus
Alliums
Alstroemeria
Anemone
Aquilegia
Arum Lily
Astilbe
Babiana
Baby Gladioli
Balloon Flower
Bearded Iris
Belladonna Lily
Black Pearl Lily
Bulbinella
Canna Lily
Chincherinchee
Chionodoxa
Clematis
Colchicum
Cuban Lily
Dahilia
Daisy Marguerite
Daylily
Delphiniums
Dutch Iris
Dragon Arum
Erythronium
Freesias
Galtonia
Gerbera
Ginger Lily
Gladioli
Gloriosa Lily
Gypsophila
Hippeastrum
Hymenocallis
Ixia
Jonquils
Kniphofia
Lachenalia
Lavender
Liatris
Lilium
Lily of the Valley
Lycoris
Mediterranean Bells
Muscari
Nerine
Onixotis
Peony Rose
Peacock Orchid
Perennial Phlox
Pineapple Lily
Queen Fabiola
Ranunculus
Rhodohypoxis
Saffron Crocus
Snowflakes
Spanish Bells
Sparaxis
Spring Star
Star of Bethlehem
Sternbergia Lutea
Tigridia
Tritonia
Tuberose
Violets
Watsonia
Wisteria
Zephyranthes
Zantedeschia
(Calla Lily)

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