Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

January 1 to January 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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The start of a year is a great time to think about new plans for your garden. The weather can alternate between mild and frosty with a little ice mixed in, so you will have time to reflect on what went well in last year’s garden and what you can try this year. The Burpee site is filled with articles and videos to help your dreams come to reality.


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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.) Plan a new garden.

1. Each year our circumstances change sometimes that means our gardens have to change too. Edible gardens are still very popular, so are cutting gardens providing lovely flowers for your table and the plight of pollinators is also on the minds of many gardeners. January is a great time to think about these things and learn more about them.


2.) Great new plants for the perennials garden..

2. Whatever sort of garden you plan, Burpee has some great new varieties to try. New edibles, herbs and ornamentals are included in the list of new things for you to try.


  • Tomato, Shimmer Hybrid, , large
  • Zinnia, Garnet Treasure Hybrid, , large
  • Herb, Sesame, , large

3.) Gardens for special needs.

3. Kids and dogs are just some of the things that affect how are gardens develop and how they are used. After the kids have left home, empty nesters might enjoy the peace of the garden with a cocktail.

4.) Perennial edibles.

4. When we think of the edible garden, we are usually thinking of annuals like tomatoes and lettuce but some edibles are perennial that continue to give you great produce year after year. Asparagus, blueberries and raspberries are all available for your edible garden.


  • Asparagus
    Grow asparagus seeds and experience a far superior flavor and texture than store-bought. A bed of asparagus plants provides an abundance of stalks for several weeks and keeps producing for many years.
  • Blueberry Plants
    Blueberry Plants
    Grow blueberry plants and enjoy the luscious fruits of this native American shrub that have been cherished since colonial times. Plant at least two different varieties of blueberries for cross pollination to increase yield.
  • Raspberry Plants
    Raspberry Plants
    Grow both standard and everbearing raspberry plants to enjoy fresh fruit all summer.

5.) Frost protection.

5. Even though zone 7 and 8 are mild compared to northern zones, we do still get frost, ice and snow sporadically through the winter season. Whether you want to protect lettuce for just one night, or start tender plants in a little cold frame, you will be ready for what winter brings.


  • Burpee Exclusive Adjustable Frost Protection Kit, , large
  • Easy Fix Double Cold Frame, , large
  • TunLcover, , large