California PoppyWhether you are planting vegetables or flowers, the San Francisco Bay Area is rich in climate and knowledge of your climate zone is key.  On your quest to the perfect garden there are just a couple stops before hitting the dirt. First you must figure out your climate zone, then your area’s native plants.

Your hardiness zone, or climate zone, determines which plants do best in your area based on the rainfall average. For most of us in the Bay Area, the climate zone number is about 8. However, if you live in a different area or are curious to check other places for yourself, take a look at http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html.

Once you know the climate zone number, the next step is learning about native plants. California native plants range from the Adrian Bloom to Zin Manzanitas and of course, the California poppy. According to North Carolina State University, using native plants in your gardening has multiple benefits. These types of plants are great for the environment in that they can provide shelter for wildlife. Native plants can provide seeds and fruits to insects and birds, nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies, and act as a host plant for butterfly caterpillars.

Apart from being great for the environment, using native plants also requires very little maintenance.  Because they are already in the right environmental conditions, they might even need less water and can use fewer pesticides. How Stuff Works also adds to the benefits of using native plants.  They can help reduce the amount of pollution in the air because there is no need for constant grooming. And it’s also much lighter on your wallet than other non-native plants.

With these two pieces of information at hand, you’ll be on your way to a long-lasting beautiful garden in no time. If you have questions about plants that are native to your area or need a hand planting them, give Schroeder’s Garden Design a call, we’re happy to help!

At Schroeder’s Garden Design, you will receive professional and courteous assistance every step of your garden transformation, as well as guaranteed plants and irrigation for three years after installation. Call us (408) 761- 3064 today for a complimentary consultation!

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