This section is from the book "What England Can Teach Us About Gardening", by Wilhelm Miller. Also available from Amazon: What England Can Teach Us About Gardening.
The only place where we can reproduce practically all the English effects with English material is Oregon, for that is about the only place that combines a cool, moist summer with a mild winter. However, nine tenths of the evergreens that flourish in England will thrive on the Pacific coast if given enough water during the dry season.
The South can equal the English luxuriance, at least near salt water; but with a different set of plants which will show a family resemblance, yet individual distinction.
The Northwest can have no broad-leaved evergreens worth mentioning, and the Middle West cannot rival the East.
The East spends the most on broad-leaved evergreens, and is popularly supposed to have the worst climate for them. So I shall concentrate on that region. Yet even here, I believe, we can reproduce seven of the most important English effects with broad-leaved evergreens, while there are only four that we can never hope to have. This may seem like a formidable list, but all these effects fall roughly into three groups — flowering, fruiting, and foliage, and they may prove interesting if examined in that order.
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