Between the tropics and cool temperate zones of the world are an assortment of climatic and gardening areas. Perhaps most loved is the area referred to as subtropical (or sub-tropical to some) where the lushness of tropical foliage and flowers can be grown amongst the most tough of the temperate plants from cooler regions.
This highly diverse horticultural wonderland provides gardeners with the joys of growing many of the world's most stunning plants whilst living in an ideal climate for body and soul.
From the southern hemisphere the tropics girth the equator. Subtropics (beneath the tropics) is the subtropical zones that extend from Rockhampton in Queensland to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. However areas and gardens outside this range may also be termed as subtropical if they are favourably sited to retain heat in winter, protected from frost and wind, have a medium to high level of humidity during summer and autumn and can grow plants normally associated with the tropics. In effect many parts of Sydney and surrounding districts are well suited to subtropical gardening and landcaping.
Areas of South America, Africa are also in the same situation in the southern hemisphere. To the north regions of Asia and North America benefit from subtropical climatic conditions.
Landscapers, horticulturists (sometimes called horticulturalists), designers and gardeners can all benefit from knowing more about their local climatic conditions.
Resources for additional gardening information are available from books, magazines (such as subTropical Gardening magazine - www.stgmagazine.com.au), garden clubs, plant societies and websites.