The Q&A Archives: Creating A Wine Country Look(dry & Warm) In The Pacific Northwest (seattle)

Question: What plants can be used in colder, wetter climates to create a warmer dryer look and feel. Such as the feel one gets when traveling to the wine country.
For example: Bougainvilla and Eucalyptus.

Answer: Sadly, neither eucalyptus nor bougainvillea are reliably hardy in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the plants that grow well here but are associated with warmer, drier climates might include Chitalpa, Grevillea robusta (silk oak), Koelreuteria paniculata (goldenrain tree), Olea europaea (olive), Olneya tesota (desert ironwood), Sophora japonica (Japanese Pagoda), and Tilia tomentosa (silver linden). Shrubs include Aloysia triphylla (lemon verbena), Caragana arborescens (Siberian peashrub), Carpenteria californica (bush anemone), Ceanothus (wild lilac), Cistus (rockrose), Lavender, Nandina (heavenly bamboo) Rhus (sumac), Rosa rugosa, Taxus (yew) and Ruscus (butchers' broom. Hope these suggestions help with your landscape design!

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