Garden Guide for Southern California
The climate of Southern California is great for creating a garden that bursts with color and blooms virtually year-round. Start with our month-by-month calendar, which guides you with tasks and options for each season, including tips for maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn. Winter is the time to rest, but a little pruning, fertilizing, and organizing can give you a leg up on the rest of the year. Come springtime, garden activities include mowing and fertilizing, as well as plant prep for hotter summer temperatures. Prime growing season tasks include keeping on top of weeds and spent flowers and supplementing water when needed. Unlike much of the country, Southern California gardeners spend fall planting again before waiting for winter rains and restoration. Through all the seasons, help your garden by planting a few favorite, super-easy perennials and hardy native plants. Even though the sun shines almost year-round in Southern California, deer can be an issue; check out plants less palatable to these pesky animals. If you're looking for inspiration, tour a Southern California garden where the gardener uses her spaces to create garden rooms.
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A Garden for Living In
Tour a Southern California garden with lots of gorgeous space for outdoor living.
Lawn-Care Calendar for Southern California
Wiggle your toes in a lush lawn! Our lawn-care calendar will keep you in the green.
No-Fail Perennials of Southern California
These bold bloomers will make you look like you've been gardening all your life. So easy!
Plants Deer Don't Like to Eat for Southern California Gardens
Deer can destroy a garden quickly, so add plants with a taste they don't like.
Top Native Plants of Southern California
Native plants are the way to go in Southern California. These easy-care plants can take hot, dry days.
Vegetable Gardens That Look Great
Grow a garden that's as beautiful as it is delicious. Vegetables never looked so great!
Top Drought-Tolerant Perennials for Southern California
Choose beautiful, drought-tolerant plants that shake off dry weather with grace.
January Tips: Southern California
Are you dreaming of your next garden? Start making plans.
February Tips: Southern California
Temps are rising, so it's time to do a little garden cleanup and planting.
March Tips: Southern California
It's a busy month! Here's your gardening to-do list for March.
April Tips: Southern California
Planting, deadheading, harvesting: There's lots to do this month.
May Tips: Southern California
Seed-starting, watering, planting: Roll up your sleeves for a great month of gardening.
June Tips: Southern California
Natives, irrigation, and more -- plus, don't forget to stop and smell the flowers this month.
July Tips: Southern California
Harvest veggies, water, and deadhead. July is a hot but productive month.
August Tips: Southern California
This month in your garden, watering and pest control take precedence.
September Tips: Southern California
It's time for fall planting: spring-flowering bulbs, cool-weather annuals, and veggies.
October Tips: Southern California
Plant trees and shrubs, water less, and more: Here's what to do in October.
November Tips: Southern California
Relish the fall rains and enjoy your roses. See what you can plant this fall.
December Tips: Southern California
Gardening chores this month include bulb-planting, transplanting, and more.