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(His location) Running Springs
Jun 16, 2021 1:20 PM CST
Our son has just moved from Los Angeles into a home in the San Bernardino National Forest, at 6,000 ft. (Zip code 92382) Very rocky, sloping, a lot of tree shade in the yard but sun at this time of year between about 10 and 3. He wants advice about what to plant that will survive the very cold and snowy winters, summers, and dry periods. I live in eastern PA, so have no idea! Can you recommend websites/books, other places he might find useful advice for a relative beginner on what will survive there without excessive maintenance? He has already found a nearby arboretum, but would welcome more help.
Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Jun 16, 2021 1:40 PM CST
For starters, I recommend the Sunset Western Garden Book, 2012 edition, which I think is still the most recent. It breaks down growing zones in way more detail than USDA, accounting for elevation, ocean influence, soil composition, wind currents and all sorts of other conditions. A must-have for any western gardener, and gives pretty comprehensive growing & gardening advice. Once he knows his Sunset zone the book will say what plants he can grow. I'd also recommend visiting local nurseries (not Big Box) for advice if there are any in his area.

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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.

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