Regions / 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.
Long-lasting, drought tolerant and easy care!
A plant combination which is long-lasting, drought tolerant and low care. Enjoy weeks of color while doing virtually nothing!
If your heart is set on a multicolored effect rather than a harmonious border in a single color, you could consider this combination, where flowering is spread over a longer period
This charming summer border is a marriage of colors, shapes and textures. Fairly easy to replicate at home, it combines the blue rounded clusters of Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) with the rich golden-yellow trumpets of Hemerocallis 'Bonanza' (Daylily) and the flat, honey-colored umbels of Achillea 'Walther Funcke' (Yarrow).
Designed for late summer interest and color and extending its brilliant colors well into fall, this plant palette can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations.
Wouldn't you just love to relax and enjoy the passing summer in this welcoming garden, replete with this subtle mix of soft colors?
Packed with deer and drought resistant plants, this Mediterranean raised bed is a delight in terms of fragrance, color and texture. At the foot of an old gnarled olive tree are easy to grow perennials and shrubs offering a very long season of interest extending from spring to fall.
Rich in texture and interest, this fragrant garden border features a fresh color palette of blue and purple perennial flowers. Plant these wonderful perennial plants near a pool where they can be reflected for double the pleasure.
Adorned with lavender in full bloom on either side, this ravishing gravel path features superb Portugal Laurel trees (Prunus lusitanica) clipped into neat mushroom shapes. Two evergreen companions that offer multi-season interest, beauty, fragrance and enable gardeners from cool winter areas to enjoy the true Mediterranean look in their garden.
Fast growing while bumblebees and butterflies dance attendance, all these perennial plants are low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, and make excellent cut flowers.
Impress your neighbors!
This colorful garden scene is to be enjoyed over 3 seasons of cheerful pleasure. It reveals the beauty of Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple) whose deep purple spring foliage turns fiery orange-red in the fall. It is paired with the highly popular Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree, Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan'
Elegance in your late spring garden!
A subtle harmony in color and texture!
A border of mixed herbaceous peonies is always an image of beauty and elegance!
This lovely perennial combination will make your garden sing in late spring - early summer. Simple to replicate at home
This English-style border brims with gorgeous blooms such as scarlet peonies, soft pastel roses, purple salvias and tall spikes of Digitalis purpurea. More than enough to make the garden sing from late spring to fall.