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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.




Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Spanish Dagger)

Adding a bright note to the garden year-round, award-winner Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Spanish Dagger) is a very ornamental, broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring a basal rosette of attractive, rigid, sword-shaped, spine-tipped blue green leaves, striped and edged creamy-yellow.

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Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca)

Perhaps the most handsome yucca, Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) is a very ornamental, slow-growing, evergreen tree-like yucca forming a perfectly symmetrical pom-pom, full of hundreds of 2 ft. long (60 cm), sharp-tipped, pale bluish-green leaves. This shimmering rosette is mounted atop a tree trunk, which is covered with the soft gray fibers of the old leaves, creating a silver haze.

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Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata)

Considered one of the most beautiful Magnolias, Magnolia denudata is a large deciduous shrub or small tree. Upright and cup-shaped when borne, its creamy to ivory white flowers, 3 in. long (8 cm), gracefully open their 9-12 tepals as they mature, resembling lilies. The tepals sometimes display a tinge of pink at their base, adding to the beauty of the bloom.

Zantedeschia 'Amethyst' (Calla Lily)

Compact, Calla Lily 'Amethyst' (Zantedeschia) enjoys abundant lavender-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), borne atop lush, narrowly oval, dark green leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Cameo' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Cameo' (Zantedeschia) creates quite a sensation in the garden or patio with its succession of long-lasting peach to salmon orange trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) with a dark brown eye, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Captain Amigo' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Captain Amigo' (Zantedeschia) makes marvels anywhere you put it, in the garden or patio. Why? Because it enjoys glowing, golden trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) that are delicately blending to deep orange, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves

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Zantedeschia 'Captain Chelsea' (Calla Lily)

Noted for its breathtaking blooms, Calla Lily 'Captain Chelsea' (Zantedeschia) boasts brilliant yellow, chalice-shaped flowers (spathes), adorned with a rich purple-burgundy throat. Every single flower is surrounded by elegant, lustrous, dark green leaves sometimes speckled with white. On display for weeks from summer to fall.

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Zantedeschia 'Captain Romance' (Calla Lily)

This Calla Lily is so romantic and irresistible! Admire its rich, deep pink trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), delicately blending to soft green at their base, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Captain Safari' (Calla Lily)

Your eyes will inevitably be drawn by the fluttering bird wings and glowing flutes of Calla Lily 'Captain Safari' (Zantedeschia), a stunning bi-color beauty with bright orange trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) that are delicately blending to golden-yellow, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Captain Ventura' (Calla Lily)

Noted for its big, bold blooms, Calla Lily 'Captain Ventura' (Zantedeschia) boasts pure white chalice-shaped flowers (spathes), atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves. On display for weeks from summer to fall, this Calla Lily is prized by florists.

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Zantedeschia 'Crystal Blush' (Calla Lily)

A world favorite, Calla Lily 'Crystal Blush' (Zantedeschia) is absolutely irresistible with its abundant, pure white trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), delicately blending to soft pink as they mature, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped leaves

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Zantedeschia 'Crystal Clear' (Calla Lily)

A favorite for weddings, Calla Lily 'Crystal Clear' (Zantedeschia) is absolutely irresistible with its abundant, pure white trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Fire Dancer' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Fire Dancer' (Zantedeschia) is a glorious addition in the garden or patio with its succession of glowing, reddish-orange trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) delicately blending to golden yellow, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Fire Glow' (Calla Lily)

Festive, Calla Lily 'Fire Glow' (Zantedeschia) boasts fiery burgundy-red trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) adorned with contrasting creamy-yellow bases. Borne atop shiny, arrow-shaped, dark green leaves with white spots, they are on display for weeks from summer to fall.

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Zantedeschia 'Flame' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Flame' (Zantedeschia) is a bold addition in the garden or patio with its succession of glowing trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), opening golden yellow with a red edge and maturing to fiery orangish-red. They are borne atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Garnet Glow' (Calla Lily)

Noted for its large flowers and its unbelievably gorgeous color, Calla Lily 'Garnet Glow' (Zantedeschia) has a lot of sex appeal! You can't help but admire its hot pink trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), delicately blending to ivory green at their base, atop elegant, dark green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves

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Zantedeschia 'Gold Rush' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Gold Rush' (Zantedeschia) creates quite a sensation in the garden or patio with its succession of long-lasting, rich lemony-yellow, chalice-shaped flowers (spathes). The leaves are broadly arrow-shaped, dark green, and present occasional white spots. On display for weeks from summer to fall! Excellent as cut flowers.

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Zantedeschia 'Golden Chalice' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Golden Chalice' (Zantedeschia) creates quite a sensation in the garden or patio with its succession of long-lasting golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes), borne atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Lavender Gem' (Calla Lily)

Lush and exotic looking, Calla Lily 'Lavender Gem' (Zantedeschia) enjoys stunning, lavender-blue, chalice-shaped flowers (spathes). Every single flower is surrounded by elegant, lustrous, dark green leaves sometimes speckled with white. On display for weeks from summer to fall.

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Zantedeschia 'Mango' (Calla Lily)

As fresh and delicious looking as a juicy Mango, Calla Lily 'Mango' (Zantedeschia) is a fantastic addition in the garden or patio with its succession of glowing, reddish-orange trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) delicately blending to golden yellow, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Mercedes' (Calla Lily)

Festive, Calla Lily 'Mercedes' (Zantedeschia) boasts glowing orange, trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) adorned with golden-yellow bases. Borne atop shiny, arrow-shaped, dark green leaves, they are on display for weeks from summer to fall.

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Zantedeschia 'Mint Julep' (Calla Lily)

Noted for its exceptional branching which results in profuse blooms, Calla Lily 'Mint Julep' (Zantedeschia) is absolutely irresistible with its smooth ivory chalice-shaped flowers (spathes). Every single flower is surrounded by elegant, slightly wavy, dark green leaves. On display for weeks from summer to fall.

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Zantedeschia 'Mozart' (Calla Lily)

Calla Lily 'Mozart' (Zantedeschia) is a fantastic addition in the garden or patio with its succession of glowing, peach trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) delicately blending to pink, atop elegant, mid-green, arrow-shaped, white-spotted leaves.

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Zantedeschia 'Night Cap' (Calla Lily)

Dramatic-looking, Calla Lily 'Night Cap' (Zantedeschia) features striking, dark-purple to nearly black, chalice-shaped flowers (spathes), aging to a deep wine red. Every single waxy flower is surrounded by elegant, arrow-shaped, dark green leaves. Very floriferous and long-lasting, the elegant blossoms are on display for weeks from summer to fall.

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