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Similar Places

David Cristiani

Summary: While many think there is no place like theirs, numerous places elsewhere (some surprising) with similar natural environments offer lessons for our landscapes and even the most provincial person.

 

When planning a landscape, we often compare what grew in other places and consider what might still work in our location. The following places have similar temperature ranges, precipitation amounts, climate patterns, and types of plants…and what you can expect from their landscape uses are similar.

 

VERY SIMILAR means almost identical in most aspects, and FAIRLY SIMILAR means the places are identical in a minimum number of environmental aspects. Either, way, the following places are worth looking at for plant choices that you may not find locally, but are otherwise quite appropriate. The following are listed in approximate order:

 

Albuquerque

VERY SIMILAR

Socorro NM

Page AZ

Prescott AZ

Winslow AZ

Page AZ

FAIRLY SIMILAR

Roswell NM

Marfa TX

Lubbock TX

Bishop / Owens Valley CA

Alamo NV

Kabul, Afghanistan

 

Las Cruces (winter days 9F / nights 2F warmer and summers 2F warmer than Albuquerque)

VERY SIMILAR

Cottonwood-Sedona-Verde Valley AZ

FAIRLY SIMILAR

Kingman, AZ

Saint George UT

Tehran, Iran

 

El Paso (winter days 12F / nights 8F warmer and summers 5F warmer than Albuquerque)

VERY SIMILAR

Catamarca, Argentina

FAIRLY SIMILAR

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

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