How to Select Trees and Plants for Southern California Landscapes and Gardens

Plant selection for Southern California landscapes and gardens can be a challenging task or a fun, exciting new experience depending on your approach. Jeremy Rappoport blogs about how he designs and selects plant materials for California landscapes.
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Feb. 6, 2013 - PRLog -- Living in Southern California, we are blessed with a Mediterranean climate that allows us to landscape and garden 365 days a year.  Thousands of trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, annuals, fruits and vegetables grow in Southern California, often in prolific abundance.

If you grew up in California, you are probably knowledgeable about a certain number of commonly used trees and shrubs in our landscape gardens.  But what if you recently moved to Southern California and are from another part of the county, say the midwest or east coast.  Obviously, a deciduous trees accustomed to freezing weather in the midwest are vastly different from the temperate, semi-tropical evergreen trees found in San Diego.  

How does a person from another part of the country or the world that is climatically and environmentally different from here learn to select plants to use in their Southern California landscape?  

Jeremy Rappoport, President of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC, certified arborist, professional horticulturist and C-27 landscape contractor, has written a continuing article on the basics of landscape design and plant selection.  For do it your self type individuals looking to improve their landscapes and gardens but not sure how to select the right plants, this article is for you!

"Don’t get caught up with or distracted by endless design themes and details.  If you have a certain theme in mind, fine, then you most likely already know the kinds of plant material you want to use.  I prefer to design and select plant based on the site environmental conditions matched to the cultural requirements of each plant to be used in the landscape.  What does that mean?"

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