Plant Recommendations Zones 9-10


Edible Landscaping – Plant Recommendations

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 through 10

Choose from among the following plants for edible landscapes if you live in an area with mild winters, and no severe frost.  The varieties here are particularly well-suited to the arid Southwest.  For recommendations for more humid areas, see my section on USDA Hardiness zones 10 and 11, which are more tropical in nature.

Annual Vegetables and Edible Flowers

cool season/ can withstand light frosts – all greens: rainbow chard, mustards; cabbages, lettuce, kales etc.; flower bud vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower; root vegetables: carrots, beets, radishes, etc; plus peas, nasturtiums, calendulas, pansies, and winter wheat.

Warm season/ no frost tolerance – beans, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, peanuts, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, slicing and cherry tomatoes.


Herbaceous perennials – artichokes, asparagus, cardoon, prickly pear cactus, garden strawberries.

Woody trees, shrubs and vines – almonds, low-chill apples, apricots, bamboo, blueberries, blackberries, sweet cherries, chestnut, most citrus, figs, grapes, Japanese persimmons, Japanese plums, kiwis, loquat, low-chill pears, olive, pecan, plums, peaches and nectarines, pineapple guava, pomegranates, raspberries, tea, walnuts.


Cool season annuals/ can withstand light frosts – cilantro, parsley

Warm season/no frost tolerance – basils, anise hyssop

Perennials – chives, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, sorrel, and French and lemon thyme.

Particularly good seed and plant sources for Zones9-10

Bay Laurel

2500 El Camino Real

Atascadero, CA 93422

Fruit trees for the Southwest and California

Cross Country Nurseries

199 Kingwood-Locktown Road

Rosemont, NJ 08556-0170

Great selection of chile and sweet pepper, eggplant, and tomato plants in spring

Edible Landscaping Nursery

361 Spirit Ridge Lane

Afton, VA 22920

Carries many fruit trees, berries, and vines

Nichols Garden Nursery

1190 North Pacific Highway NE

Albany, OR 97321-4580

Vegetables and herbs; carries a wide selection of herb plants

One Green World

28696 S Cramer Road

Molalla, OR 97038

Unusual fruits, berries, nuts – some from Eastern Europe and Russia

Raintree Nursery

391 Butts Road

Morton, WA 98356

Fruits, nuts, berries, unusual edibles

Renee’s Garden Seeds

6116 Highway 9

Felton, CA 95018

Flower, herb, vegetable seeds; on line and in retail stores; information packed website

Trees of Antiquity

20 Wellsona Road

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Heirloom fruits, berries

March 19, 2011 - 4:39 am

Kathie Sherman - I am so excited to hear about you and your philosophy. My Myers-Briggs personality description says that I am a no-nonsense gal. And, that I am. After investing money I was given as a gift in a lot of roses, which only survived the first year they were planted, I decided to grow vegetables. Our $ situation was not as it had been, so I decided to start growing veggies instead. I am somewhat of purist and felt that the veggies should be in a different bed from the flowers. However, I was hoping to find a way to grown them all together.
Bingo, I was lucky enough to grab a copy of an article about you and I knew that it was a divinely planned meeting. I am ready to go and can hardly wait to learn from you Ros. I am praying that your new book will bless many. “The times they are a changing.”



April 1, 2011 - 11:38 pm

kathie Sherman - Since your new book is sold out most everywhere, would you be willing to share some basics about how to develop and Edible Landscape?

I had your article from my local newspaper set aside to study and … is missing. I live in San Antonio, TX and am working as fast as I can to get my Spring garden planted. Some basic ideas would be a great help.

Blessings on your Blossoms,

June 5, 2013 - 1:45 pm

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