Drought Tolerant Plants for the North Valley

This list is meant to assist you in choosing the right plants for a water-wise landscape and garden. Many of plants listed below have flowers that will attract bees, beneficial insects, and hummingbirds to your yard. Take note that this is not a complete list of all drought tolerant plants, but a comprehensive list of drought-tolerant (once established) plants that do well in our area.

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Why Quality Pays Off

Hydrangea - Magnolia Gift and Garden

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If you ever visit Magnolia, and find co-owner Chris Hunter in a somewhat petulant mood, don’t take it personally. It just means the north wind has been blowing. Sited as we are on the outskirts of Chico, the nursery frequently takes the brunt of the incoming weather, and in particular, the monotonous weeks of driving wind that often attend Spring and Summer in the Northstate. Read More

Five Easy Steps for Planting in the Summer Heat

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  1. Do not plant in the heat of the day. Early morning or late evenings are best. If you do buy plants when its hot, put them in the shade for a day and drench the entire plant with water.
  2. Make sure the plant is acclimated to the climate and amount of sun you will give it. This is not the time of year to be testing the sun tolerance of plants grown in the shade.
  3. Do mulch. Using composted mulch around your new plantings to ensure that your plants will maintain moisture even during the hottest days.
  4. Plant in small groups. By planting in mass, plants can help each other out by shading each others roots, and protecting from dry winds.
  5. Water, water, water. Even drought tolerant plants are used to being watered everyday (sometimes twice) in the nursery.  We encourage you to continue this practice through summer.