The best books for understanding California Mediterranean Gardening

Pam Peirce Author Of Golden Gate Gardening, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area & Coastal California
By Pam Peirce

The Books I Picked & Why

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates: California, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin

By Peter R. Dallman

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates: California, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin

Why this book?

There are 5 regions of the world with mediterranean climates. They are similar in having a dry summer and a mild, wet, winter, but they differ in exact rain patterns and temperatures. Peter Dallman has done us the service of analyzing each of them, showing how they compare to California, and what grows in each one. Charts and maps help us compare the regions and understand what we can grow here and why.


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The Random House Book of Indoor and Greenhouse Plants Vol. 1

By Roger Phillips, Martyn Rix

The Random House Book of Indoor and Greenhouse Plants Vol. 1

Why this book?

Written originally for Great Britain, this book (and also Volume II) describes plants that grow outdoors in California's mediterranean climate. You will delight in recognizing old friends and discovering new plants that grow well in our region. There is a photograph of each plant in its native habitat and information on its basic care. An index in Volume II includes the plants in Volume I as well.


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Plants And Landscapes For Summer-dry Climates Of The San Francisco Bay Region

By Nora Harlow

Plants And Landscapes For Summer-dry Climates Of The San Francisco Bay Region

Why this book?

An introductory chapter describes our greater Bay Area climate and its microclimates. The plants listed are ones that will thrive in the region with a minimum of summer water. The glory of the book is in the photographs by Saxon Holt, which include close shots for identification and wider shots that will inspire you to combine plants handsomely in your garden. 


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California Native Plants for the Garden

By Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O’Brien

California Native Plants for the Garden

Why this book?

Historically, California native plants were often grown in European gardens before they were accepted into California gardens. Now they are being grown in California for their beauty and frequent drought tolerance. Here you will see photos of plants in garden landscapes with information about the regions in which they will grow, their needs, and their care. 


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Growing Roses in the San Francisco Bay Area And Other Maritime-Influenced Climates

By Bruce Phillips

Growing Roses in the San Francisco Bay Area  And Other Maritime-Influenced Climates

Why this book?

In this book are directions for planting and pruning roses and protecting them from pests, all keyed to the climate of the greater Bay Area. The separate chapter on rose-growing in the fog will be especially welcomed by coast-side gardeners, as will the list of rose varieties rated for the SF Bay Area. Order the current edition of the book on the San Francisco Rose Society website here


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