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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 '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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Tulipa 'White Dream' (Triumph Tulip)

Sturdy, versatile and stunning! Tulip 'White Dream' is absolutely gorgeous with its lovely ivory-white goblet-shape blossom and canary yellow anthers

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Tulipa 'White Parrot' (Parrot Tulip)

Tulip 'White Parrot' is quite a refreshing sight with its over-sized, ivory-white ruffled blooms, often feathered in pale green and looking like parrot feathers.

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Tulipa 'White Triumphator' (Lily-Flowered Tulip)

Elegant and impressively tall, award-winning Tulip 'White Triumphator' is a real classic beauty which cannot be missed with its long-lasting and exceptionally large, pure white reflexed petals.

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Tulipa 'Willem van Oranje' (Double Early Tulip)

The showy and flamboyant tangerine color of Tulip 'Willem van Oranje' will make a statement in your garden in early to mid spring!

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Tulipa 'Winnipeg' (Greigii Tulip)

Tulip 'Winnipeg' is a multi-flowering tulip with 3-5 flowers per bulb. A bouquet per stem! Short but highly visible with its golden yellow petals flamed with vibrant scarlet atop handsomely mottled leaves

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Tulipa 'Wirosa' (Double Late Tulip)

The ultimate in romantic tulips! Award-winning Tulip 'Wirosa' is a peony-flowered tulip belonging to the Double Late Group - a group whose flowers are large, double and can easily reach a span of 4 inches across (10 cm)

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Tulipa 'World Expression' (Single Late Tulip)

Award-winning Tulip 'World Expression' is a gorgeous tulip with large creamy-yellow blossoms adorned with narrow, scarlet red flames. As the blooms mature, the petals fade to ivory-white and the flames deepen to blood-red.

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Tulipa 'Yellow Purissima' (Fosteriana Tulip)

Drives away dullness! Award-winning Tulip 'Yellow Purissima' is a classy and elegant tulip, with broad yellow elongated petals and bright canary yellow edges.

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Tulipa 'Yellow Springgreen' (Viridiflora Tulip)

Tulip 'Yellow Springgreen' is incredibly pretty with its yellow petals flushed with cream and with a soft green feathering in their center

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Tulipa 'Yokohama' (Single Early Tulip)

Renowned for its long-lasting blooms, Tulip 'Yokohama' is a mid-sized tulip with vibrant and dazzling yellow pointy petals that vividly brighten the garden in early-mid spring

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Tulipa 'Yonina' (Lily-Flowered Tulip)

From the Lily-flowered Group, Tulip 'Yonina' is a spectacular sight with its cherry and ivory-white slender flowers. Look at it. When it opens up, it reveals a deep sea-blue heart

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Tulipa 'Zurel' (Triumph Tulip)

A showy and spectacular Tulip! Tulip 'Zurel' (also known as Tulip 'Rem's Favorite) brings splashes of color in the mid-late spring garden with its large and long lasting, white blossoms delicately painted with purple flames

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Tulipa batalinii 'Bright Gem' (Botanical Tulip)

A charmingly true and perennial tulip, Tulip 'Bright Gem' is an adorable little tulip with sulphur yellow, rounded flowers delicately flushed with apricot.

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Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia' (Botanical Tulip)

Tulip 'Cynthia' is a lovely bi-color tulip that sends up gray leaves and eye-catching pale yellow flowers delicately flamed rose-red in mid-spring.

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Tulipa Clusiana 'Lady Jane' (Botanical Tulip)

Naturalizes well, will make your heart race! Tulip 'Lady Jane' makes a striking impact with its lovely color combination: rosy red with white margins on the outside, snow-white on the inside.

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Tulipa clusiana 'Peppermint Stick' (Botanical Tulip)

Resembling candy canes, Tulip 'Peppermint Stick' is a lovely bi-color tulip that will make your heart race. This small hybrid tulip sends up slender, upright leaves and eye-catching, narrow and pointed, white flowers striped with cherry red lines on their outer tepals. The blossoms close at night or on a cloudy day, but are completely opened on sunny days, forming a perfect star.

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Tulipa clusiana chrysantha 'Tubergen's Gem' (Botanical Tulip)

Award-winning Tulip 'Tubergen's Gem' is incredibly beautiful with its striking color combination: rhodonite red with sulphur-yellow margins on the outside, canary yellow on the inside.

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Tulipa kolpakowskiana (Botanical Tulip)

A pretty heirloom variety dating from around 1844, award-winning Tulip kolpakowskiana is a bulbous perennial with tapered, graceful, buttercup-yellow flowers, 2 in. (5 cm). Olive green with a broad streak of pinkish red on the outside, the delicate flowers are pale yellow on the inside. They open fully only when the sun is bright.

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Tulipa saxatilis 'Lilac Wonder' (Botanical Tulip)

A treat, each spring, when this little sweetie pops up!

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