The Q&A Archives: Palm Springs Gardening

Question: I just moved to Palm Springs from Hawaii, and I want to keep the tropical feeling in my home and yard. I believe I am in zone 9 for climate purposes. Is there a way I can get a list of plants that do their best in that specific region?

Answer: The climate in Palm Springs will be a bit hotter and certainly drier than you experienced in Hawaii, but you can still create a tropical paradise if you're careful in your selection of plants. Date palms grow in profusion, as do bauhinia and a grapefruit. Other tropical-looking plants include Fatsia japonica, Solandra maxima, Hybiscus (planted in a protected, shady spot and misted frequently). You can glean even more ideas by consulting Sunset Western Garden Book (available at most libraries), and by walking or driving through your new neighborhood to see what other gardeners have planted. Best of luck with your new landscape!

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