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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 '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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Tulipa sprengeri (Sprenger Tulip)

How not to marvel at the goblet-shaped, scarlet flowers of Tulip sprengeri when thrown open and shining in the sunshine? Native to Turkey, this lovely tulip opens up in late spring or early summer from long, slender buff bronze buds, elegantly held above clumps of glossy bright green leaves.

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Tulipa tarda (Botanical Tulip)

A top all-around performer, this diminutive species tulip displays bunches of elegant six star-shaped little flowers with chrome-yellow petals edged in bright white that are clustered tightly together

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Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava)

Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava) is a lovely, bushy evergreen shrub of upright habit with four-season ornamental interest. In spring, exquisitely fragrant, bell-shaped, pale pink and white flowers hang in profusion. Slowly through the summer, they are followed by sweet and delicious, dark red berries, 1/2 in. across (1 cm), which are fabulous eaten either raw or cooked. Equally handsome is the lush foliage of glossy and leathery dark green leaves, adorned with occasional seasonal flushes of red-purple.

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Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry)

Native to the northeastern US, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) is a low-growing evergreen trailing shrub forming a carpet of green foliage, spreading and rooting from stems to indefinite width. Attractive pinkish-white tiny flowers appear in late spring to early summer. They give way to bright red cranberries that ripen in early-mid fall.

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Verbascum 'Caribbean Crush' (Mullein)

Verbascum 'Caribbean Crush' is a short-lived perennial with abundant, graceful spikes smothered with compact clusters of rosy-peach, yellow and mango ruffled flowers, each adorned with a fuzzy purple eye.

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Verbascum 'Cherry Helen' (Mullein)

A very pretty Mullein, Verbascum 'Cherry Helen' is a short-lived perennial with abundant, graceful spikes smothered with compact clusters of rich wine-red flowers, each adorned with a fuzzy purple eye.

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Verbascum 'Jackie' (Mullein)

Regarded as one of the most popular hybrid Mulleins, Verbascum 'Jackie' (Mullein) is a short-lived, semi-evergreen perennial with graceful spikes smothered with abundant creamy-apricot flowers adorned with an orange eye.

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Verbascum 'Southern Charm' (Mullein)

A desirable ornamental Mullein, Verbascum 'Southern Charm' is a short-lived perennial with abundant, graceful spikes smothered with uniquely colored flowers in pastel shades of creamy yellow, soft lavender and peachy, each adorned with a fuzzy purple eye.

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Verbascum chaixii 'Album' (Nettle-Leaved Mullein)

Elegantly rising from a handsome rosette of gray-green leaves, Verbascum chaixii 'Album' (Nettle-Leaved Mullein), is a short-lived perennial with graceful spikes smothered with abundant white flowers adorned with purple hearts and orange eyes over a long flowering period extending from late spring to late summer with possible fall rebloom

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Verbascum olympicum (Mullein)

Adding drama to the landscape, Verbascum olympicum (Greek Mullein) is a short-lived perennial that forms a tall and spectacular candelabra of flowering spikes, smothered with golden-yellow blossoms, 1 in. across (2.5 cm).

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