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Garden in London


Question: garden in London


In a little while I'll move to London. What plants can I put in the garden? Thanks

Answer: garden in London


Dear Imma,
although London is in a position much more to the north of Italy, the Gulf current mitigates temperatures in a consistent way; clear that the climate is very different from the Mediterranean, especially as regards rainfall, which is notoriously much higher than in Italy; the London climate is also much more changeable than the Italian one, in Milan it is often possible to have whole days of sunshine, in London it is very unlikely, and often it happens that after a few hours of sunshine the rain is unleashed, which in a short span of time time goes away, and the sun returns. Generally speaking, you can expect hot summers, but definitely cooler than Italian ones, with maximum temperatures generally not exceeding 35 ° C. Winter is fairly mild and frosts are very unlikely, with minimum temperatures hovering close to 0 ° C; in winter, the very humid climate does not allow us to grow some very common plants in Italy, such as olive trees or oleanders. A fairly mild and humid climate allows you to grow azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, which in Italy require a lot of care, and you can position them even in full sun. You can then expect to find in the garden most of the plants that you can commonly find in a nursery in northern Italy, such as viburnum, lilac, wisteria, pittosporum, clematis, roses; then in English gardens many perennials are used as flowers and many small shrubs, which have a long flowering and grow even during the summer, when in Italy they often have a period of vegetative rest. Among the most loved flowers we certainly remember roses, to be associated with clematis (typical Anglo-Saxon association), sweet peas, violets; all the most common bulbs, such as tulips, lilies and daffodils; primule clarkie, echinacea, delphinium. Try looking at the pages of the most popular UK plant catalogs, such as Thompson and Morgan, or Chiltern seed; you will get a clear idea of ​​what you can cultivate and what instead is a little daring in your new garden, since on the catalogs you will also find indications on the resistance to the cold of the various plants found there.