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Southern California Desert

Selecting plants suited to the climate of the Southern California Desert 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.

The Southern California Desert region lies in Climate Zones 1-3, 10-13, 18-24. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




An Eye-catching Rock Garden Idea with Easy-Care Perennial Plants

Add dramatic impact to your rock garden by choosing a variety of fast-growing groundcovers with attractive blooms. These evergreen groundcovers are great picks for various reasons. They fill in spaces between rocks quickly. They are deer resistant and drought tolerant. They add year-round interest to the garden.

An Eye-Catching Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Ballade' & Tulip 'West Point'

A sensational duo including 2 absolutely ravishing lily-flowered tulips

An Eye-Catching Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Ballerina' & Tulip 'Red Shine'

Create a sweeping swath of color with a mix of elegant lily-flowered tulips. Easy to replicate and low maintenance

An Eye-Catching Spring Path with Alliums, Tulips and Beardtongue

A colorful plant combination to cheer you up in late spring! Easy to replicate and low maintenance, this combo includes 3 superb top performers

An Eye-Catching Succulent Garden

This eye-catching garden weaves together succulents and other drought-tolerant plants for a long-lasting impact. Color and texture highlight this landscape creation, where bold plants like Agave americana (Century Plant), Dracaena draco (Dragon Tree) or the gigantic Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos flavidus) draw attention with their sculptural forms.

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 - 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!

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'.