The Living Collection at Ventnor Botanic Garden is enjoying the summer’s hot dry conditions. Our subtropical plant collection is genetically suited for summer drought. The Mediterranean Garden illustrates this as the Tree Echiums bloom in May and June and seeds harden off in July and August. We have been migrating toward species that can cope with our drier, dry periods like Salvias and Palms which thrive in hotter, drier conditions.
When we say we garden on a 30-year horizon this means climate-proofing the Living Collection over time. It also means our plant communities change as they progress to maturity, we migrate understory plants starved of light under the maturing tree canopy to more open sections of the Garden.