environmental design for the best climates in the world

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Some useful and even nerdy links to maps and items of geography, offering much insight on the climates and ecological communities we garden in. I don't exist or wing it on popular perceptions, but live and embrace reality. To design a landscape with living plants that people and wildlife want to be in, it helps to always be open and learn where one is, from the big to the small picture. I would hope that most people wouldn't settle for a passing garden, any more than to follow passing fads. Fashion and staying power are much better. Overall Gegraphy - BONAP maps (plants, climate, soils, relationships) http://www.bonap.org/ Bailey's Ecoregions http://www.fs.fed.us/land/ecosysmgmt/index.html . Climate - Climate types or zones (generalized) http://www.bonap.org/Climate%20Maps/climate48shadeA.png Western US http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/climatedata/climsum/ Much of the US http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/summary/sodusa.html The world http://www.weatherbase.com/ Sunshine data (no, LA or Austin are not even close to the sunniest places:-) http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-annual-state-sunshine.php Climate zones...favors west coast, glosses over interior west and east (Sunset) http://www.sunset.com/garden/climate-zones/climate-zones-intro-us-map Cold Hardiness Zones...30 years of winter lows averaged (USDA) http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Default.aspx Heat Zones...averages of hours above 86F (American Horticultural Society) http://www.ahs.org/gardening-resources/gardening-maps/heat-zone-map Growing seasons http://davesgarden.com/guides/freeze-frost-dates/ . Plants - Floristic changes / tension zones (E-W, N-S) http://www.bonap.org/TensionZoneMaps/Tension8.png Plant density and diversity http://www.bonap.org/diversity/diversity/diversity.html North American Plant Atlas http://bonap.net/NAPA/Genus/Traditional/County Cactus family members - here Oak species - here Muhly grass species - here . Soils - Soil types http://www.bonap.org/2008_Soil/SoilTypesRelatedMaps.html