Few places on earth host such a wide range of microclimates as San Francisco. A trip out west to Ocean Beach often requires you to don both hoodie and hat, while six miles east shorts and a t-shirt are enough to keep you comfortable. Between these east and west extremes, a spine of 40 hills divides the City by the Bay. Within this raised area alternating pockets of sun and fog ensure the City maintains its title as microclimate capital of the world.
Knowing your microclimate will help you in deciding which plants work best in your garden. For example, a moisture-dependent shady fern will wilt and suffer on a sun-exposed Mission district patio. But the same plant will thrive in the foggy mist of the outer avenues. But we’ll address the specifics of this topic in a related post.