Best time of year for planting

November 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Our rainy season has begun, but that doesn't mean you can't still do some gardening. In fact, right now may be the best time plant. Leigh Glaser visits with Jennie Strobel of Sloat Garden Center to find out how to cultivate a colorful winter.

Jennie's advice:

This is the best time to plant. If you are putting off landscaping projects, do it now because the warm soil and upcoming winter rains help plants get established.

Recommended trees/plants

  • Japanese maples
  • fig trees
  • large camellias
  • crape myrtle, gingko
  • pansy
  • stock
  • plumbego,
  • lavender
  • mustard
  • onions
  • sweet peas
  • ceanothus
  • dwarf pomegranate
  • Pacific wax myrtle.

For a Mediterranean look, try flax, phormium or pink fountain grass.

Mulch around plants to help them retain moisture with a product like Sloat Garden Center's Forest Mulch Plus.

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