Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

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December sometimes has decent weather to get out and enjoy the garden but most of the focus is indoors. If you do have a few minutes to enjoy the garden, here are a few things to do on mild December days:

 

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Finally the ground in November is cool enough for milder areas to start planting bulbs for spring and perennial fruits for next year as well. The days are usually mild too making working in the garden a delight rather than a chore. Here are some November jobs for those lovely fall days.

1.) You can still plant spring bulbs

1. You can still plant spring bulbs: Now that the soil has cooled down, you can plant spring bulbs. Aim for a succession of color and make sure that the bulbs are hardy to our zone. Daffodils, crocus and snowdrops all provide much appreciated color in late winter.

 

2.) Good bulb varieties for southern gardeners.

2. Not all spring bulbs appreciate mild winters and they fail after a year or two. Pick bulbs that are listed as at least zone 8 to get the best from these delightful spring flowers. In general, these bulbs are smaller and alas do not include most tulips.

 

  • Daffodil, Tete A Tete, , large
  • Crocus sieberi, Tricolor, , large
  • Galanthus elwesii, , large

3.) Amaryllis – a perfect indoor bulb and gift.

3. Amaryllis bulbs are generally sold in a container filled with potting mix, so all you have to do is open the box and water the bulb. Almost immediately the flower stalk will grow. They make great gifts for gardeners too!

4.) Amaryllis bulbs

4. Amaryllis comes in a variety of red colors as well as some delightful whites so they are perfect for any décor this season.

 

  • Amaryllis, Double Dragon, , large
  • Amaryllis, Christmas Gift, , large
  • Amaryllis, Picotee , , large

5.) Decorate outdoors for the birds too!

5. Kids and adults alike enjoy watching birds at the feeder and there are some great ornaments for your feathered friends to enjoy.

 

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