FebruaryWe tend to get rain this month, so if the weather isn’t great for gardening, there are lots of other things you can do!  Read up and do your gardening research with the help of blogs/websites, gardening books, attend garden club & plant society meetings.  You can also start a garden journal to record what’s happening in your garden.




  • Camellias (a great acid loving plant to have near hydrangeas since hydrangeas are just boring brown sticks this time of year)
  • Possibly sweet peas
  • Cool season annuals


  • California Natives (while it’s still cool)


  • Deadhead winter blooms
  • Remove outer dead iris leaves


  • Avocados
  • Citrus
  • Azaleas
  • Roses
  • Hydrangeas (use aluminum sulphate to make blue).  Do NOT prune them!

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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