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The Struggle for Coexistence: On Competition and Assembling Tight Communities

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From an aesthetic standpoint, the criteria are familiar. In Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season, Tom Fischer (2009: 9) reviewed the conventional approach: “One of the greatest pleasures-and challenges—of gardening is combining plants to form pleasing juxtapositions of color, form, and texture.”


  • Life History Strategy
  • Competitive Exclusion
  • Assembly Rule
  • Niche Space
  • Purple Loosestrife

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Beck, T. (2013). The Struggle for Coexistence: On Competition and Assembling Tight Communities. In: Principles of Ecological Landscape Design. Island Press, Washington, DC.

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