Another great month to plant! Hopefully if there is rain, you can water a bit less. It’s a great time to do some research and learn how to harvest water. There are even simple things you can do such at put your house plants outside during the rain, collect rain in buckets from your rain gutters, or more advanced methods such as rain barrels.

Blooming: Carlsbad Rose

  • Roses
  • Camellia sasanqua


  • Continue planting cool season annuals such as pansy, viola, Iceland poppy, alyssum, calendula, snapdragon, ornamental cabbage and kale and cyclamen (cyclamen is fabulous for a splash of color in containers and they last a long time)
  • California natives (keep spacing in mind, these guys grow fairly fast & big and can take over a gardenbed)
  • Winter veggies such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, beets, kale, lettuce, Violasspinach and green peas
  • Spring flowering bulbs:  anemones, Dutch iris, ranunculus, freesia, narcissus, daffodil, muscari
  • Strawberries
  • This is a safe month to transplant anything you need to move or if it’s outgrown the space. This will give the plant enough time to establish itself before the hot summer months (I usually move my hydrangeas this month if they are growing to big).


  • Cut fuchsias back (& repot if needed)


  • Cool season annuals


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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