Answer: You're area is a tricky one, but there is hope! It sounds to me like you need to tap into local gardening expertise offered by the Master Gardeners in your county via the Agricultural Extension Service (ph# 909/387-2166). Ask to talk to a Master Gardener from your immediate region, who has gardened in the same conditions you do, and can advise you best. You might do well to find a copy of Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening (Chronicle Books, ISBN# 0-87701-629-1), and find out more about your "true" garden zone from the Sunset Western Garden Book (Sunset Publishing Corp., ISBN# 0-376-03851-9). Best of luck to you!
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