The Q&A Archives: What grows in Red Bluff?

Question: Living in one of the hottest areas in California, what would you suggest to plant that would survive extreme heat and freezing cold? I really like lots of color, and the Chinese Pistachio tree is a given for my back yard. I am landscaping around a 21' x 27' ft pond with waterfall. Nothing back there as of yet but the pond. Thank you for any help. Colleen

Answer: Believe it or not, lots of things will grow in Red Bluff! Begin by preparing your planting beds by incorporating lots of organic matter to help loosen and aerate the soil. Organic matter drains quickly yet holds just the right amount of moisture to make plant roots happy. Once you've done that, you're ready to plant. Here are some of the most reliable flowers and shrubs for your area:

Aster frikartii
Bleeding Hearts
Cosmos bipinnatus
Foxglove digitalis
Johnny Jump Ups
Lamb's Ears
Lavender (English, French and Spanish)
Peruvian Daffodils
Poppies - California
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia noaria)
Roses - Bush, climbing, hedge, miniature, old
Sweet Peas|
Verbena - numerous colored hybrids

Trees and Shrubs:
Arbutus unedo, strawberry tree
Arctostaphylos, 'Emerald Carpet'
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, 'Point Reyes' )
Betula pendula, European White Birch
Buddleia davidii, Butterfly Bush,
Callistemon citrinius, Lemon Bottlebrush
Calocedrus decurrens, Librocedrus decurrens, Incense Cedar
Carya illinoensis, Pecan
Choisya ternata, 'Sundance' Mexican Orange
Citrus; Mexican Key Lime 6'-10'
Owari Satsuma Mandarin, 4'-8'
Nagami Kumquat, 8'-12'
Corylus maxima, Filbert (hazelnut)
Eucalyptus polyanthemos, Silver Dollar Gum
Euonymus japonica, 'Aureo-variegata'
Ficus (Fig): White Kadota Fig; Black Mission; Peter's Honey
Fraxinus angustifolia, 'Raywood' Ash
Juniperus chinensis Spartan Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis Blue Chip, Tamarix, Wiltoni
Lagerstroemia indica, Crape Myrtle
Laurus nobilis, Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel
Lingustrum, Privet
Liriodendron tulipifera, Tulip Tree
Morus alba, fruitless mulberry
Nandina domestica, Heavenly bamboo
Nerium oleander, Oleander
Prunus laurocersasus, English laurel
Prunus persica (peach)'O'Henry'; Fay Elberta Peach; Dixon Cling
Punica granatum 'Wonderful', Pomegranate
Pyracantha coccinea, Firethorn
Pyracantha koidzumii 'Striblingii'
Spiraea japonica, 'Anthony Waterer'
Spiraea nipponica, Snowmound
Syringa vulgaris, Common Lilac
Traachelospermum jasminoides, Confederate Jasmine Vine

Hope this list helps you find just the right plants for your yard!

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