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December 2019

Things to do in the garden this month...

Winter annual Geranium

Plant winter annuals! Visit your local nursery to see new colors and new varieties in stock.

Water once a week if there's been no rain.

Prepare for winter's cold snaps - see our page on Cold Protection.


A monochromatic color scheme is
anything but boring!

Monochromatic landscaping means using a single color...not what most of us think we want when designing our landscapes. But this design scheme creates a serenity to the landscape, a natural flow. Nothing is vying for attention.

Choosing one color as your favorite means you can use as many variations of that color as possible. If you love pink, you can go from deep rose to soft pastel pink. Yellow? Pale lemony yellow to dark gold. Deep purple to light lavender. Etc. Etc.

And the colors can extend to foliage as well as can use the foliage color of plants such as Snowbush for pink, yellow Mammy Croton for yellow, Dwarf Oyster Plant for purple.

Textures become more important in a monochromatic scheme, because subtleties will stand out more. Try to vary the patterns and textures - larger leaves next to smaller leaves, weeping against upright growth, tiny flowers beside a plant with large blooms.

A monochromatic color scheme is a great choice for anyone who wants to re-landscape but has self-doubts about how it will all look in the end. The harmonious nature of using variations of one color can make it work beautifully.

Gift idea for the holidays

This year consider giving a small pot of a succulent plant to anyone on your list that might appreciate it - gardener or no. These plants are inexpensive, simple to care for and each has its own unique each of your friends and family members!

Lifesaver Cactus


Angelonia is a pretty little perennial with spiky flowers, giving it the look of lavender. This is not a low-maintenance plant, though - it can require regular deadheading (removing spent flowers) to keep it looking good.

But the work involved can be worth it...Angelonia makes a great garden addition with color choices of white, purple, lavender and pink. It blooms on and off all year.

Though some sources call it drought tolerant, Angelonia will be much happier with regular watering. It prefers full to partial sun in Zone 10, growing to 12" to 18" tall, depending on the variety.

What's new at

On its Plant Page, I've added a photo of the bald cypress roots called "knees" that pop up from the ground when this beautiful tree is planted by water. The photo on the Plant Page is more detailed than this one, but I love the serenity of the picture above.

You may notice that the website is now larger overall. I'm updating and adjusting the layout to accommodate a different ad provider. I'll be working to rearrange things and enlarge many of the photos on the website over the next several weeks.

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I've added more plants, more photos and up-to-date info for South Florida Snowbirds.

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Merry Christmas!

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Plant a different kind of Christmas tree

Does your family decorate outside for the holidays? If you want a tree with a Christmasy look for the yard, consider the beautiful silvery Arizona Cypress.

These trees are cold hardy and moderate to fast growers to 30 feet tall. One makes a striking accent as a single specimen or plant several for a showy windbreak.

And with Christmas lights,  they're perfection!


Christmas cactus care

This excellent container plant can last for generations if well cared for.

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) is an epiphyte that comes from a high elevation jungle atmosphere. It needs bright indirect light and shelter from too much heat and too much cold. 

Four to six weeks before you want it to bloom, make sure  it gets total darkness at night.

Water regularly but let the plant go dry between waterings. Cut back after flowering, and repot every few years with fresh soil.

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