Regions / Northern California
Selecting plants suited to the Northern 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.
Get your landscape to burst into vivid life during the chillier months! Remember to plant a few Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata) and Snowdrops (Galanthus) in the fall.
Get creative and cheer up your mid spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing apricot tulips make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!
Imagine your spring garden full of 'Ballerina', 'Apricot Parrot' tulips and fragrant Daffodils over a carpet of sweetly scented, rich yellow Common Cowslip. Lovely, isn't it?
A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip 'Heart's Delight', Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths 'Woodstock' & 'Splendid Cornelia'
A fabulous flower carpet in early - mid spring!
A wonderful bouquet to offer to your garden!
A vibrant display of colors realized with 2 beautiful mid season tulips!
An unforgettable spectacle in the fall!
A simple but eye-catching mix realized with 3 favorite perennials for most gardeners which brings cheerful summer notes to the landscape!
How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border that can also be enjoyed in early fall
How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant species such as gaily-colored Tall Bearded Irises, cool purples and blues of Sage, Catmint or Garden Phlox, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of White Flower Lace.
This incredibly pretty planting includes plants of great winter interest that will lift your spirits during the dull days of winter.
Electrify your borders in spring!
The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden.
If you are passionate about vibrant summer color in your garden, this perennial planting may be for you. Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.