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Perennials that do well in Central Valley?

Posted by jessica_918 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 21, 09 at 16:40

Hi all, I'm starting up my garden and I'm looking to put in perennials that tolerate the hot, dry weather of the Central Vally (I live near Modesto). All the seeds at the stores here are not really from here (they sell Delphiniums, Lupine, Columbine, etc.) and I can't find anything that will do survive here. I have no shade in my yard (we have planted trees, but they're young and don't shade anything yet), so I need heat and drought-tolerant, hardy perennials. Any and all advice is appreciated!


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RE: Perennials that do well in Central Valley?

I know rose moss (aka portulaca) does really well. Do you own a sunset garden book? they have a lot of ideas....
African Daisies do well too, and can be found at any local lowes/home depot or nursery. Some more to try would be poppies, oregano, lavender, asters, etc. I know a LOT more that survive in zone 9 (I live in zone 9 just south of you), but their not really drought tolerant. Email me if you have any questions!


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Check out the link below for suncrest nursery. They grow lots of perennials...not all for sun...but the descriptions are included.

Some that I can think of off the top of my head are:

Yarrow
lavenders
salvias
Epilobium (CA fuchsia)
Euphorbias
penstemons
Tagetes (Mexican Marigold)

Another good source to check would be High Country Gardens catalogue. Just type it into your browser.

Hope this gives you a start

Here is a link that might be useful: suncrest's perennials


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RE: Perennials that do well in Central Valley?

Why don't you try gardening with succulents? They are very versatile, offer extreme drought tolerance, and many of them bloom really nicely. Aside from that, they are very low maintenance plants. You could mix them in with other plants such as rosemary and other mediterranean style plants (or plants from places with similar climates as ours, such as South Africa, Australia, Chile and the Mediterranean). There's a great book called Landscaping with Succulents by an author from San Diego. There are really great suggestions and great photos to inspire.

In the meantime, here are some great landscape ideas that fit the description of what you need.

Here is a link that might be useful: real, californian, drought tolerant landscapes


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RE: Perennials that do well in Central Valley?

I'm not too far away east of Clovis.

My gardens are now 12 years old. Many plants have come and gone. WIth gallardia being the exception, which was seeded, all my plants started out in 1 gal cans.... even the Irises.

Irises
Roses
Many Salvias, but not all
Jerusalem Sage
Agapanthus
Oleander
Agaves
Bougainvillea
Boxwood
Camellia
Canna
Carpenteria californica
Cistus (Rock Rose)
Datura (Jimeson Weed)
Gaura
Hesperaloe (Red Yucca)
Ilex
Juniper
Rosemary
Lantana
Lavander
Oregano
Thyme
Matilja Poppy
Russian Sage (Perovskia)
Streptsplen (Orange Marmalade Bush)
Teucrium fruticans (Bush Germander)
Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum frutescans)
Vitex
CA Fuschia (Zauschneria)

I f you want specifics on which Salvias do well here send me your email address thru' GW.
What I have in my gardens now survives heat, drought and critters. If it didn't survive it didn't get replanted.


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Here's some good flowering perennials for the Valley:

Acanthus mollis (shade) ACANTHUS
Achillea Moonshine MOONSHINE YARROW
Achillea fillipendulina GOLDEN YARROW
Achillea x hybrids HYBRID YARROWS
Agapanthus LILY-OF-THE-NILE
Agastache aurantiaca ORANGE HYSSOP
Agastache hybrids (many) HYBRID HYSSOP-MINTS
Agastache rupestris SUNSET HYSSOP
Alstroemeria (shade) PERUVIAN LILY
Anemone x hybrida (shade) JAPANESE ANEMONE
Aster x frikartii ITALIAN ASTER
Bergenia cordifolia (shade) BERGENIA
Bergenia crassifolia (shade) WINTER BERGENIA
Centranthus ruber JUPITERS BEARD
Convolvulus sabatius GROUND MORNING GLORY
Dietes FORTNIGHT LILY
Eriogonum umbellatum RED-FLOWERED BUCKWHEAT
Eryngium amethystinum BLUE SEA HOLLY
Eryngium variifolium MOROCCAN SEA HOLLY
Euphorbia characias wulfenii CHARTREUSE EUPHORBIA
Euphorbia myrsinites BLUE EUPHORBIA
Euphorbia rigida MEDITERRANEAN EUPHORBIA
Euphorbia x martinii RED EUPHORBIA
Festuca californica CALIFORNIA BLUE FESCUE
Francoa ramosa (shade) BRIDAL WREATH
Francoa sonchifolia (shade) PINK BRIDAL WREATH
Gaillardia x grandiflora BLANKET FLOWER
Gaura Siskiyou Pink PINK GAURA
Gaura lindheimeri GAURA
Helleborus argutifolius (shade) CORSICAN HELLEBORE
Helleborus x stearnii (shade) HYBRID HELLEBORE
Hemerocallis DAYLILIES
Hesperaloe campanulatus PINK TEXAS YUCCA
Hesperaloe parviflora RED YUCCA
Heuchera hybrids (shade) CORAL BELLS
Iris Louisiana Hybrids LOUISIANA IRIS
Iris Pacific Coast Hybrids (shade) PCH IRIS
Iris Siberian Hybrids SIBERIAN IRIS
Iris Spuria Hybrids SPURIA IRIS
Kniphofia hybrids RED-HOT POKER, TORCH LILY
Leucanthemum x superbum SHASTA DAISY
Mimulus cardinalis (shade) SCARLET MONKEYFLOWER
Nepeta x faassenii CATMINT
Nepeta racemosa Walkers Low CATMINT
Nepeta Six Hills Giant GIANT CATMINT
Oenothera caespitosa TUFTED EVENING PRIMROSE
Opuntia microdasys RABBIT EARS
Opuntia violacea santa-rita BLUE-BLADE
Penstemon barbatus BEARD TONGUE
Penstemon eatonii FIRECRACKER PENSTEMON
Penstemon x gloxinioides (many) HYBRID PENSTEMONS
Penstemon x mexicali RED ROCKS PENSTEMON
Penstemon pseudospectabilis DESERT BEARDTONGUE
Penstemon strictus ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEARDTONGUE
Penstemon superbus SHOWY PENSTEMON
Phygelius (shade) CAPE FUCHSIA
Pyrethropsis hosmariense MOROCCAN DAISY
Ruellia brittoniana MEXICAN BLUEBELL, DESERT PETUNIA
Salvia chamaedryoides GERMANDER SAGE
Salvia daghestanica DWARF SILVER-LEAF SAGE
Salvia dorrii PURPLE DESERT SAGE
Salvia Raspberry Delight RASPBERRY DELIGHT BUSH SAGE
Salvia reptans TEXAS GRASS SAGE
Scabiosa caucasica PINCUSHION FLOWER
Scabiosa columbariae PINCUSHION FLOWER
Scabiosa ochroleuca YELLOW PINCUSHION
Sisyrinchium striatum SATIN FLOWER
Stachys albotomentosa HIDALGO
Stachys coccinea HEDGENETTLE
Stachys macrantha Robusta, Superba BIG BETONY
Stokesia laevis STOKES ASTER
Tricyrtis (many; shade) TOAD LILIES
Verbena bipinnatifida SPLIT-LEAF VERBENA
Verbena bonariensis BUTTERFLY VERBENA
Verbena hybrids (many) HYBRID VERBENA
Verbena rigida SANDPAPER VERBENA
Verbena tenuisecta MOSS VERBENA

Joe


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WESTELLE........we are practically neighbors, I live just north of Fresno!


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keeversgirl: There are several of us in this area. It might be fun for all of us to meet sometime and swap notes.


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