Recommended Plants for Sonoma County
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We offer a number of plant lists to help you find the right plants for each place in your garden, or the right place for that plant you couldn't resist The selection of plants on these lists is not intended to be exhaustive. There are many more plants that can be—and are—grown successfully in Sonoma County, but the selected plants are likely to be the most successful. They can survive our wet winters and dry summers with minimal care. Some are California natives while others are native to other Mediterranean climates. All require little supplemental irrigation, attract few harmful insects, are relatively disease free, and flourish here in Sonoma County.
You need to take your location into account when using these lists, as Sonoma County has many climate zones. Plants in coastal microclimates can withstand more sun and can get by with less watering than those in hot, inland areas. Your own microclimate and precise planting location will affect the way your plants grow.
On these lists, single-letter descriptors are used to describe the characteristics of each plant. You can find the plants having the characteristic you are looking for by scanning the column for that characteristic. Click here to see the definitions of these indicators.
Plants to Conserve Water
Plants for Dry Shade
Plants for Erosion Control
Not all plant characteristics are desirable. Be aware of these when choosing plants to add to your garden.
For more information about water-wise gardening, click here.