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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.

Northern California lies in Climate Zones 1 through 9, and 14 through 17. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Tulipa 'Santander' (Fringed Tulip)

One of the most impressive pink Fringed Tulips! Exceptionally pretty and long-lasting, Tulip 'Santander' is a terrific tulip variety with one of the largest, intense pink flowers and finely incised white edges atop broad lance-shaped leaves

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Tulipa 'Sensual Touch' (Fringed Tulip)

Exceptionally pretty, Tulip 'Sensual Touch' is a truly unique tulip variety resembling roses or peonies with its bowl-shaped flowers densely packed with golden-apricot to tangerine petals, flushed with a hint of pink and finely incised pale edges

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Tulipa 'Shirley' (Triumph Tulip)

Tulip 'Shirley' is a ravishing color-changing tulip featuring ivory white petals, tenderly edged in purple as it opens, slowly turning almost entirely into light lilac lace.

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Tulipa 'Shiun' (Triumph Tulip)

Extremely showy, Tulip 'Shiun' features large, creamy-white blossoms adorned with delightful magenta purple edges in mid spring.

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Tulipa 'Showbizz' (Triumph Tulip)

So luminous! Tulip 'Showbizz' features large, cup-shaped, luminous pink blossoms with a creamy base in mid-late spring.

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Tulipa 'Showwinner' (Kaufmanniana Tulip)

Bright shining stars! Award-winning Tulip 'Showwinner' is a beautiful cultivar of the Waterlily tulips (Kaufmanniana tulips), with its bright scarlet flowers feathered with cream, which open wide to reveal a golden base.

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Tulipa 'Sorbet' (Single Late Tulip)

Award-winning Tulip 'Sorbet' is incredibly pretty with large creamy-white blossoms, pink flushed and delightfully flamed with cardinal-red.

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Tulipa 'Spring Green' (Viridiflora Tulip)

Standing out, award-winning Tulip 'Spring Green' is truly an unusual tulip with its amazing ivory-white flowers and soft green feathering.

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Tulipa 'Stresa' (Kaufmanniana Tulip)

Award-winning Tulip 'Stresa' is a spectacular cultivar of the Kaumanniana tulips, with flower petals Indian yellow inside, running over to currant red on the outside atop an attractive mottled foliage.

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Tulipa 'Strong Gold' (Triumph Tulip)

Renowned for its excellent disease resistance, Tulip 'Strong Gold' features large, cup-shaped, bright buttery-yellow blossoms with a delicate touch of purple in mid spring.

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Tulipa 'Suncatcher' (Triumph Tulip)

Incredibly showy, Tulip 'Suncatcher' features bright golden yellow blossoms bursting into fiery scarlet-red around the edges in mid spring to late spring. An intense coloring that will put a smile on your face!

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Tulipa 'Super Parrot' (Parrot Tulip)

Tulip 'Super Parrot' is quite a refreshing sight with its over-sized, pure white ruffled blooms, pale green flushed and looking like parrot feathers

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Tulipa 'Swan Wings' (Fringed Tulip)

Resembling unfurling swan's wings. Tulip 'Swan Wings' is a lovely tulip exhibiting pure white flowers delicately fringed at the end like the immaculate feathers of a swan. As an added bonus, it is fragrant

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Tulipa 'Sweet Lady' (Greigii Tulip)

Adds appealing contrast and color! Tulip 'Sweet Lady' is short but highly visible with its soft peach-blossom-pink petals and yellow-tinged bronze base atop handsomely mottled leaves

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Tulipa 'Synaeda Blue' (Triumph Tulip)

Showy and spectacular! An irresistible Tulip! Look at the color splash Tulip 'Synaeda Blue' brings in the mid-late spring garden with its large and long lasting, luminous lilac-rose blossoms adorned with snow-white edges

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Tulipa 'Tequila Sunrise' (Darwin Hybrid Tulip)

Tulip 'Tequila Sunrise' is a fantastic tulip with its richly colored blossoms changing over time!

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Tulipa 'Toronto' (Greigii Tulip)

A coral bouquet per stem!

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Tulipa 'Uncle Tom' (Double Late Tulip)

Fragrant and resembling a rose, Tulip 'Uncle Tom' is a lovely peony-flowered tulip featuring large, double rows of rich mahogany-red purple petals.

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Tulipa 'Upstar' (Double Late Tulip)

More beautiful day after day! Tulip 'Upstar' seems to be pink perfection in a late blooming tulip, but in fact it is a creamy white tulip that 'fades to pink'.

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Tulipa 'Verona' (Double Early Tulip)

Long lasting, the large, soft, creamy yellow blossoms of Tulip 'Verona' resemble peonies with their double row of feathery petals delicately touched with white in their middle

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Tulipa 'Violet Beauty' (Single Late Tulip)

Long-lasting, Tulip 'Violet Beauty' makes a sumptuous appearance in the garden with its goblet-shaped lavender flowers adorned with delicate pink veins and a white heart.

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Tulipa 'Virichic' (Lily-Flowered Tulip)

Tulip 'Virichic' is a wonderful lily-flowered tulip featuring bright pink flowers with slightly pointed and reflexed petals delicately adorned with fresh green streaks in their center

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Tulipa 'Weber's Parrot' (Parrot Tulip)

Tulip 'Weber's Parrot' is such a fabulous tulip with its over-sized creamy-white petals flushed with green and soft pink

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Tulipa 'West Point' (Lily-Flowered Tulip)

One of the finest lily-flowered tulips, award-winning Tulip 'West Point' is a highly esteemed tulip with primrose-yellow blossoms with pointed and slightly reflexed petals contrasting with their lighter base

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