Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

December 1 to December 31-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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From Thanksgiving through New Year is a time of celebration when we decorate both inside and outside, give gifts and attend parties. The garden outside it the last thing on most people’s mind so here are few ideas for you December season.


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1. Gifts for gardeners

Plants as Gifts for Gardeners: Sometimes you need a great gift for a gardener, and sometimes you receive plants as a gift. Of course, you will probably also be picking some up for your own seasonal decorations. Amaryllis and rosemary topiaries are just two of the popular seasonal plants to give to gardeners.

2. Amaryllis Bulbs

Amaryllis bulbs: Whether you have a gift for a friend a few states away or just want to have some lovely amaryllis bulbs to enjoy yourself, check out the amazing colors that Burpee has on the web site. These can be shipped to your friend just as easily as they can be shipped to you! The flowers come in white, red, pink and many multi colored varieties.

  • Amaryllis, Grand Diva, , large
  • Amaryllis, Christmas Gift, , large
  • Amaryllis, Double Dragon, , large

3. Encourage a child’s creativity, imagination and thinking skills - make garden-inspired gifts.

Children love giving gifts they’ve made themselves. Try these fun-filled activities with a special child.

4. Spring Bulbs

Great Bulbs for Forcing Indoors: Bulbs for forcing indoors should be small enough to look good in your containers and bloom early enough to be in flower while there is still snow on the ground. Small daffodils, crocus and hyacinth all work well when forced indoors.

5. Decorate for the birds

Decorate for the birds: Almost every gardener enjoys watching birds and wildlife outdoors as well as growing plants. Decorate your outdoor space with some special seed gifts for the birds.

  • Bird Seed Holiday Balls , , large
  • Wild Bird Seed Wreath, Snow Man, , large
  • Wild Bird Seed Wreath, Merry Christmas Tree, , large