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Central California

Selecting plants suited to the Central California climate is a key step to success.

A plant's performance is governed by many climate related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind or humidity. Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance, but also on precipitations, wind, humidity and various other climate related factors.

Central California lies in Climate Zones 1-3, 7-9, and 14-23. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




An Eye-Catching Summer Border with Alliums, Eryngium, Salvia and Helenium

Such a spectacular plant combination to cheer you up for weeks and impress your neighbors! Easy to replicate, low maintenance, this planting idea is not only colorful but is also deer and rabbit resistant!

An Eye-Catching Winter Border Idea with Colorful Twigs and Cyclamens

Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!

An Impressive Planting Combination with Alliums, Poppies and Sage

Are you striving to embellish your borders in a striking naturalistic fashion while devoting as little time possible for care? Why not re-create this fantastic plant combination

An Inviting Home Entry

Isn't it a very inviting home entry?

An Outstanding Spring Border Idea with 2 Magnificent Alliums

A striking and easy late spring to early summer border!

An Outstanding Spring Border Idea with Tulips and Spurge

A striking and easy spring border! Gracefully emerging from the bright chartreuse blossoms of Mediterranean Spurge is a combination of flower bulbs that are worldwide acclaimed

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Blue Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until late summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Gold and Plum Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until early summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Gold and Purple Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until late summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Peach & Purple Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until early-mid summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Pink & Blue Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until early summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Pretty Pink Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until late summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Salmon Pink Theme

Diva of the late spring garden, Bearded Irises grow and show well in any garden setting that meets their cultural needs. Pairing them with companion plants accent each other in shape, texture, height or color and enhance the beauty of your borders.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Soft Yellow & Purple Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until late summer.

Bearded Irises and Companion Plants - Soft Yellow & White Theme

Adding splashes of color in your late spring garden, this pairing will lengthen your bloom display and provide weeks of color until late summer.

Bouquets of Blues & Whites

Easy to grow, elegant and attractive in late spring or early summer!

Brilliant Cherry Blossoms for my Spring Garden

Flowering cherry trees make a dramatic statement when in full bloom, with their branches smothered by white or pink cherry blossoms. Underplanting them with spring bulbs contributes to an even more spectacular floral display.

Cherry Blossoms and Camassia for my Spring Garden

Flowering cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers. With flowers resembling a ballerina's petticoat, award-winning Prunus 'Ichiyo' makes a dramatic statement when in full bloom.

Convert A Dull Spot Into A Dream Place

Need to get rid of a dull wall or boring area of your yard? Why don't you try this?

Dahlias and Companion Plants - Coral & Blue Theme

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of coral and blue, which includes 5 great Dahlias, 'Apricot Desire', 'Bishop of Oxford', 'Melody Dora', 'Puerto Rico' and 'Surprise'.

Dahlias and Companion Plants - Gold & Vermilion Theme

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of golden-yellow and glowing vermilion, which includes 3 incredibly pretty Dahlias, 'Chat Noir', 'Jescot Julie' and 'Karma Bon Bini'.

Dahlias and Companion Plants - Hot Color Theme

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of red, orange and yellow, which includes 3 fantastic Dahlias, 'Bishop of Llandaff', 'Bridge View Aloha' and 'Pooh'.

Dahlias and Companion Plants - Pink & Blue Theme

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of soft pink and blue, which includes 3 great Dahlias, 'Fascination', 'Park Princess' and 'Karma Prospero'.