January is a perfect time to get back out in the garden after the holidays are over.  Lots of pruning and planting to do!


  • Camellias sasanqua


  • Cool season annuals such as pansies, viola, and cyclamen
  • Cool season herbs such as cilantro, fennel, parsley, chives, lavender, rosemary and dillIMG_3791
  • Cool season veggies
  • Lettuce from seed (according to Pat Welsh’s recommendation from her book Southern California Gardening, January is the best month to plant lettuce from seed. See page 60 for details)
  • California natives (keep spacing in mind, these guys grow fairly fast & big and can take over a garden bed)
  • Camellias and azaleas


  • Prune roses
  • Cut back Butterfly Bush (almost down to the ground)
  • Fruit treesIMG_3783


  • Azaleas
  • Camellias
  • Fuchsias
  • Citrus




Most of this information is from my personal gardening experiences in coastal Southern California.  I refer to these basic ‘Monthly To Do’s’ as a basic guide as well as my garden journal notes.  They are always evolving and continually updated.

I have also compiled some of this information from these highly recommended sources such as:  Green Thumb Nursery, OC Register (Home & Garden section), Rogers Gardens (Ron Vanderhoff’s monthly checklists are extremely detailed), Sunset magazine, UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County and Pat Welsh’s ‘Southern California Gardening’ book (this book is a must have)!

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