what should i plant in temecula

pk93December 28, 2007

what kinds of plants can survive in temecula without constant care

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Thousands of plants, particularly Mediterranean-climate plants including California natives.

Do you have a copy of the Sunset Western Garden Book?

Temecula is Zone 18 or 19.

Take a drive around some of the residential neighborhoods and when you see plants that you like, ask the homeowner what it is.


    Bookmark   December 28, 2007 at 7:49PM
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ccroulet(z9 CA Sunset 18)

I live in Temecula. The Sunset zone changes with every new edition of the Western Garden Book. The latest edition has the entire area as Zone 18, whereas previous editions had hills above the valley floor as Zone 19. As you've probably noticed the last few nights, expect some frost during winter. Lowest temperature we've experienced in 15 years here was 23F (Jan 2007). We've even had snow flurries a couple of times! During summer, expect lots of sunny days in the 90s, occasional days over 100. So you want plants that can take sun and heat. Coastal things like fuchsias, begonias & frost-sensitive palms are difficult. We can do citrus in Redhawk. Look around the nurseries and garden sections at Lowe's & Home Depot. It'll give you a good idea of what grows here.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 12:05AM
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You are probably in 18 the same as me and I'm not anywhere near Temecula, but I do get quite a few days over 100.
Be careful what you see in the nurseries and especially at Lowes and Home Depot. They are in the business to sell.
They carry whatever people will buy.
Every year they have tons of Azalea, Camellia, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Clematis, Mandevilla, forget them. They will either fry or freeze. Sometimes the tempermental plants it is the dry heat not just the sun so even in shade they fry here.
I grow lots of salvias, lavenders and natives cuz I like the hummers, but they are somewhat high maintenance.
Lots of plants in the Western Garden Book will say zones 17 and 19 but skip 18...its annoying, but is too hot in summer or too cold in winter.
Perhaps you could go native and save on water also. There are plenty of those that provide flowers and color without putting in cacti.
You might want to pick up a copy of Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening, and Growing California Native Plants by Margorie G. Schmidt if interested in natives.

Here is a feeding frenzy that went on for an hour recently, with 2 other feeders full also. I had to take the picture thru the kitchen window so a bit blurred.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 11:02AM
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ccroulet(z9 CA Sunset 18)

I like salvias and hummers, too. I'm "into" native plants, so I'm fuzzy on the suitability of some of the popular flowering plants sold at garden centers. I know that my neighbor, who originally came from Huntington Beach, has tried mightily to grow coastal stuff, and the ferns, cycads, fuchsias, etc., are concentrated near her shaded front porch, where they are somewhat protected from heat and frost. I think Sunset skips zone 18 in many of their plants because of the greater worry of freezing than in zone 19, which is upslope. But we can do citrus here in Redhawk, and the Morgan Hill development replaced extensive commercial orange groves, which should be an indicator of zone 19.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 2:57PM
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I have a huge cycad in front it gets sun part of the day unil 2pm in summer, the lower part doesn't get much sun at all and in the winter even less of course.
Whomever put in there sure didn't know it's potential.

Here it is again on June 29 this year on opposite side of wall looking down into it.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 5:44PM
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BecR(zone 9 CA 19)

Hi there. I have good luck with these, here in Temecula...

dusty miller
heavenly bamboo
asparagus fern
foxtail fern
scabiosa 'blue butterfly'
fortnight lilies
calla lilies
clivia (in shade and frost protected)
various daylilies
azaelias...in heavily ammended soil
camellia...ditto above
some lavenders
some pelargoniums
star jasmine


    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 5:04PM
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I just moved from Temecula about 2yrs ago. We had great success with:

Large Bird of Paradise
small Bird of Paradise
Star Jasmine
Day Lilies

Hope some of this helps

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 1:00AM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

You're only thirty miles from one of the best nurseries in the south state- Buena Creek Nursery outside of Escondido, I'd stop there and ask the very knowledgeable owners what they would recommend. Just be sure you say where you are living, the climate at the nursery is milder than yours. They can guide you towards what's appropriate for you. Their display garden is worth a visit just to admire the sheer diversity of what is possible in Southern California.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2008 at 1:56PM
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Just signed in tonight.
We are moving from Media PA to Temecula over the summer.
I have a great Harry Lauder Walking stick that I sould love to bring with me.
Will it live there and what is the best way to get it there.
It is only about 4 ft tall but I can't stand to leave it behind. My garden of 30 years is what I'm going to miss most.
I hope there are some folks out in Temecula that can help me.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 11:36PM
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Mostly likely it will be to hot and dry for it.
Your moving company will not move it as it will die in the truck and they also know about CA restrictions on plant material.
Because CA relies on its agricultural business heavily you can't just import anything in due to pests and diseases. There is a short permitted list with specified conditions but I can't find the link tonight.
They may take it at the border inspection and you'll never see it again.
When you get here pick up a Western Garden Book and Pat Welshs guide to Southern Ca gardening. Very valuable resources. You will be able to garden all year long and after a year you won't miss anything.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 11:59PM
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I seriously doubt they will let you bring it in, as even houseplants have to have commercial potting mix only. Here is the link to a FAQ on the State website. Our major industry is agriculture, and introduced pests and diseases are hugely dangerous to our economy, especially with food plants like hazelnuts (ie Harry Lauder).

Carla in Sac

Here is a link that might be useful: Bringing plants to California

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 4:22PM
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Below is the link I couldn't find last night.

Here is a link that might be useful: plant entry to CA

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 4:38PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

How come nobody mentioned grapes? GRAPES! Grow Grapes!! Olives. Same thing! Roses! Herbs of all kinds. Good luck to you!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 1:54PM
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lali(z9, Sunset z18, CA)

I live in z18 too, but north of where you are by the 210 Fwy. We've had lots of success with:

xylosima (sp?)
african irises
asparagus fern
ornamental garlic
hardy herbs (lavender, rosemary, thyme, etc)
and lots more without much fuss

Sometimes I take a stroll / drive around the local parks and neighborhoods to see what's growing.

And I agree about discussing the Sunset Western Book.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 3:03PM
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Plant nothing this year. Looks like this will be the worst drought year any of us probably ever experienced.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 11:16PM
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Gosh what a wonderful group
I haven't had the time to get back on this thread till now and you've been so helpful.......esp about he CA regulations. Thanks also Calra for the link
My hubby just gave me the Sunset book so I've been pouring over it when not packing.
I'll keep checking this site as it is a great help
Judy in Philly but soon to be in Temecula ........I hope.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 8:09PM
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First and foremost I want to say that I really love this forum. Here you definitely find all the answers to questions regarding the garden. I moved to California two years ago and although I am living in LA I will also try some of the plants suggested in this thread. I would love to have citrus, olive, jasmine and roses in my garden.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 8:41AM
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I am in love with this Gorgeous tree. I saw it in a nursery But It was so expensive. Any one Having this tree or nursery near Temecula? Thanks

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 1:24PM
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What tree do you mean? This thread began in '07, hard to tell which you mean.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 5:38PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

This is just a guess, A shot in the dark. Was it a Money Tree?

    Bookmark   November 26, 2011 at 8:57PM
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