About Landscaping in Pasadena, CA
Located just 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles lies the beautiful city of Pasadena – one of the very first cities to be incorporated into LA County. Pasadena is known all over the country, especially among die-hard football fans, as home to the Rose Bowl game and the Tournament of Roses Parade. But Pasadena isn’t know just for sports – it’s an epicenter for scientific and cultural institutions from CalTech to the ArtCenter College of Design to the Ambassador Auditorium.
It’s no wonder people flock here to establish arts and sciences; Pasadena is a naturally beautiful part of the state. Bordered by the Raymond Fault Line, the San Rafael Hills, and the San Gabriel Mountains, the city is truly surrounded by impressive geographic features. You’ll even spot the Arroyo Seco which flows from the Angeles National Forest. That’s why our team at Pacific Outdoor Living loves to extend some of this Pasadena nature right into your own yard!
Just like the rest of Los Angeles County, Pasadena has a Mediterranean climate. With an annual high temperature of 78 degrees and a low of 58, the climate is quite comfortable. In fact, residents of Pasadena enjoy almost 300 sunny days per year! Sounds great? It is, except in June, when the infamous marine layer rolls in bringing what’s known locally as “June Gloom” and the cloudiest month of the year.
However, the fog usually burns off by July and residents can expect a nice heatwave through October. By November, temperatures drop off, Pacific storms roll in, and so do the also infamous Santa Ana winds. Don’t be fooled by the pretty name. These strong, warm winds can wreak havoc along their path, from power outages to damage and even wildfires. Expect to bring in your patio furniture and watch your plants for any destruction.
The community also experiences slightly toastier summers and slightly cooler winters compared to neighbors in coastal towns. Additionally, the city gets several more inches of rain than neighboring areas as well. While it might sound odd, this difference makes sense due to Pasadena’s location near the San Gabriel Mountains. When moist air from the coast is blown up the side of the mountains, the air cools as it’s pushed higher and higher up the mountainside. As the air cools, it turns into condensation and precipitation. Long story short: the most air turns to rain. Residents can plan on using plants that require a bit more rain than their neighbors in the city of Los Angeles. Pretty cool for Pasadena!
What does the geography of the Pasadena area mean for landscaping? You might not need a drought-tolerant landscape!
Consider using some of the plants that are native to the Arroyo Seco area. There are some plants that thrive better here compared to neighboring areas farther from the watershed. Those plants include the California sagebrush, which gives off a distinct, lovely aroma.
Additionally, Toyon berries are bright red and decorate the watershed areas in the winter. These berries even draw local birds who love to eat them. If you love big stately trees, consider the western sycamore or the coast live oak. These plants are just a few options of native choices. Our team is happy to recommend others that would thrive in your community climate and blend well with your home aesthetic!