In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
we explore Drought-Friendly Gardens
with Suzanne Madron
“When it comes to gardening in dry conditions, many people will abandon hope of having a space that grows more than cacti and rocks. The good news is—unless you love cacti and rocks—your garden doesn’t have to look like a desert. Even better news is you can use some of the plants in the kitchen, but please take careful note of the plant categories, as not all of the plants are edible!
To get started, you will want to check your grow zone. Visit: PlantHardiness.ars.usda.gov
What does it mean? We’ll take a look at San Francisco as an example. San Francisco falls into a 9b-10a hardiness zone, meaning the average annual extreme low temperatures ranged from 25-35 degrees Fahrenheit between 1976-2005. When shopping for outdoor plants, you will want to look for plants that are cold hardy for zone 9b-10a. Other plants that are more cold hardy can also be planted, but be sure to check the care instructions as some plants prefer certain climates, and others can become an invasive species without winter and climate to keep them in check. Most catalogs will list this information in the plant description, and your local garden shops will carry plants specific to your grow zone and conditions…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.