Southern California: December Backyard To-Do Listing

Herald clippings of winter greens comparable to juniper (Juniperus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–10), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia, Zones 7–10), and pine (Pinus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–9) to rejoice the season.

Plant out spring bulbs.

Begin spring veggies—and take into account edible flowers comparable to pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis, annual), borage (Borago officinalis, annual), and violets (Viola spp. and cvs., Zones three–9), which bloom in winter and early spring.

Prune roses (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones three–9) and fruit bushes.

Plant out spring bulbs, comparable to daffodils (Narcissus spp. and cvs., Zones three–9). Picture: Rachel Younger

—Rachel Younger is the previous director of horticulture and backyard operations at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, California.

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