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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.




A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Heliopsis

Try tearing your eyes away! Fairly easy to recreate, this planting includes 3 gaily-colored Dahlias, a caramel and gold Helenium (Sneezeweed) and the profuse sunny, fluffy pompons of False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Perennials

The beauty and diversity of the plants selected for this informal garden will get you to gaze at them all summer long. Easy to grow, they will bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral show.

A Coastal Cottage garden

Isn't this a very desirable coastal cottage garden? Most impressionist painters would have surely fallen for it!

A Colorful and Low Maintenance Californian Garden

A glorious mix of colors, shapes and textures for a long-lasting impact. Blooming over a long season extending from late spring to fall, bright red and pink Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthus) cheerfully contrast with the evergreen ground-hugging Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio mandraliscae) and the incredibly elegant Agave demestiana 'Variegata'.

A Colorful and Low Maintenance Mediterranean Path

This stunning coastal garden path combines a mix of ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials, mostly drought tolerant, and providing weeks of colors. Created by Gardens by Gabriel, this low maintenance creation is a real delight!

A Colorful Border Idea for Your Early-Mid Spring Garden

Sunny colors for the early-mid spring garden!

A Colorful Early Spring Combination

In this deer and rabbit resistant plant combination, all plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding merits!

A Colorful Front Walk

Add splashes of color and fragrance to your path!

A Colorful Garden Path

Create beautiful garden paths or walkways with these 3 outstanding mat-forming perennials, all of them with so profuse blooms that they completely obscure their handsome, semi-evergreen foliage!

A Colorful Mediterranean Stone Path

Awash with color, this walkway combines striking Mediterranean plants for a long-lasting floral display. All plants are evergreen and their pretty form and attractive foliage fill the garden year-round. Low maintenance, they are drought, tolerant and deer resistant.

A Colorful Succulent Garden

This tapestry garden weaves together succulents and other drought-tolerant plants for a long-lasting impact. Color and texture highlight this landscape creation, where the focus was laid on foliage, and blooms regarded as a bonus.

A Colorful Summer Planting Idea with Achillea, Agastache, Eremurus & Nepeta

Long-lasting and low maintenance! Variety and contrast bring interest to any planting. This colorful plant combination is a perfect example of it

A Contemporary Provencal Courtyard

Two thumbs up for this extremely appealing courtyard where the clean and geometric lines of the lavender beds are softly echoed by the silver-gray stone path.

A Desirable Summer Border Idea with Grasses, Dahlias and Amaranth

Designed for late summer and fall interest, this bold plant combination can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations. Most plants make excellent cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. A great way of ending the season with a bang of color!

A Distinctive Spring Border with Tulip 'Negrita', Tulip 'Spring Green' & Tulip 'Menton'

A stunning combination that will make your garden look fantastic!

A Dramatic Entryway

Want a dramatic front yard? And privacy from the neighbors? Why don't you follow the steps of Joel Loblaw in the layered approach to this Tudor-style home's entryway.

A Dream Outdoor Space

What a lovely outdoor space with the elegant white pergola covering this home's front porch...

A Fabulous Border Idea with Single Late Tulips

Aren't those colorful dots rising above the level of the grass a fascinating sight?

A Fabulous Border with Double Late Tulips

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Campanula and Kniphofia

With their unusual shapes and brilliant colors, Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers) are wonderful herbaceous perennials to combine with Campanula (Milky Bellflowers) in beds and borders.

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Echinacea and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this dramatic border includes a couple of spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks