Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Lilacs for Southern California
Lilacs aren't the first flowering shrub you think of growing in Southern California, but there are some that grow and bloom well. Descanso Garden's collection proves that point this time of year. It's all a matter of choosing the right varieties. Try Descanso hybrid 'Excel'; French hybrids 'Miss Ellen Wilmott', 'Charles Joly', 'Ludwig Spaeth', 'Katherine Havemeyer', 'Blue Skies'; and Korean hybrid 'Miss Kim'. Provide light shade when planting in hot areas and be patient, since they will take 3 years to start blooming.
California Rare Fruit Growers Association
Rare and unusual edible plants are the specialty of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association. The organization offers a tremendous array of information useful to the home gardener, including a fruit list, seed bank, online publications, book reviews, and other gardening tidbits. Of special interest are recommendations of varieties for milder climates and enthusiastically helpful volunteer specialists.