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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 Fabulous Duo to Try: Helenium and Salvia

Weeks of fiery hot colors! All plants have won prestigious awards and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly appreciated at home

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Kniphofia and Pampa Grass

Create architectural borders like this one! Both plants enhance seasonal interest, help create striking borders, are drought, salt and deer tolerant. They also won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society

A Fabulous Duo: Astrantia and Geranium

Create striking summer borders pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Astrantia Major (Great Masterwort) with the charming, unusual double blossoms of Geranium Pratense (Cranesbill)

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Benjamin Britten' & Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, helping to reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Bonica' and Lavender 'Hidcote'

Ideal for planting alongside an informal path, Lavender forms a magnificent hedge with its attractive foliage, colorful blossoms and delightful fragrance that entices the senses!

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Crocus Rose' & Phacelia tanacetifolia

Roses are healthier when provided with companion plants to help repel destructive bugs while encouraging beneficial insects. Some flowering plants attract beneficial insects that help to control insect pests on your roses.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Geranium 'Brookside'

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, helping to reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

While the list of plants that look great when planted between and under roses is endless, Catmint (Nepeta) remains a favorite companion for roses.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Grace' & Heuchera 'Marmalade'

​Perfect for hiding the leggy stems of rose bushes, Heuchera (Coral Bells) make soft ground covers around their bases, their mounds of scalloped-edged foliage adding texture and interest to mixed borders.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Harlow Carr' & Lavender 'Hidcote'

One of the most venerable shrub companions for perennials is roses. Paired with classic partners like lavender, their exquisite flowers and fragrance create glorious borders for weeks of color and scent.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' & Phacelia tanacetifolia

With unusually large flowers of a warm, glowing pink rich of a fresh Tea fragrance, Rose 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' creates a memorable display when paired with the abundant and long-lasting bell-shaped flowers of Phacelia tanacetifolia (Fiddleneck). Aside from being very ornamental, this hardy annual is a perfect rose companion plant as it attracts scores of beneficial insects

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Teasing Georgia' & Achillea 'Paprika'

Roses are healthier when we provide them with companion plants which help repel destructive bugs and pests while encouraging beneficial insects.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'The Mayflower' and Penstemon 'Stapleford Gem'

Since 'The Mayflower' is a shrub rose which repeat flowers with exceptional continuity and is rarely without flowers, you will enjoy this lovely combo for many, many weeks!

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Wisley 2008' & Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

Lavender-blue daisies blend beautifully with many roses, creating scenes that shine with living color. Here, the fragrant, fully double blossoms of English Rose 'Wisley 2008' agreeably combine their pure soft pink rosettes with one of the most popular asters today

A Fabulous Duo: Salvia 'Caradonna' and Penstemon 'Rich Ruby'

This plant pairing uses 2 spectacular, upright perennial plants with contrasting flower colors and shapes. Both plants are deer or rabbit resistant, drought tolerant and are top performers

A Fabulous Duo: Tulip 'Angelique' & Tulip 'Mount Tacoma'

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Fabulous Duo: Tulip 'Carnaval de Nice' & Tulip 'Blue Diamond'

In need of an eye catching attraction in your bed or borders in late spring? Why don't you try this bulb combination?

A Fabulous Fall Border with Anemone, Verbena and Sanguisorba

Looking for a naturalistic midsummer or fall border that would also be airy, low care and with a long season of interest? You found it.

A Fabulous Garden Retreat where to Relax!

Get inspired by this lovely garden retreat to create yours! Easy to grow and low care, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink and tan shades that are soothing to the eye

A Fabulous Mediterranean Border

This warm and eye-catching Mediterranean border is a real delight!

A Fabulous Perennial Meadow Planting Idea

A relatively low-growing combination of plants that makes the most of a poor soil!

A Fabulous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Echinacea and Agastache

This naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest. Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets to butterflies and hummingbirds.

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Astrantia, Iris Sibirica and Carex

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Great masterwort (Astrantia major) with the royal-blue vertical blossoms of Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) and the shimmering golden blades of Bowles' Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea')