February in Your Garden

Winter is the wet season, and your Garden is a magical retreat. Toyons burst with red berries, wildflower seedlings carpet the ground, and Ceanothus and manzanitas bloom.

February plant highlights:

image of Ceanothus megacarpus in full bloom image of Dendromecon rigida flowers ~ photo by Robert Muller image of Prickly phlox blooming in the Manzanita Section in the Garden ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw image of Salvia spathacea growing in a home garden~ photo by Lawrence Wallin

  • California lilac (Ceanothus spp.) in bloom – different species bloom January into June, attracts hummingbirds &  butterflies
  • Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida) in bloom
  • Prickly phlox (Leptodactylon californicum) in bloom
  • Hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) in bloom - blooms January into July, attracts hummingbirds & butterflies

Gardening tips:

Renew mulch, making sure to keep it off stems, trunks and crowns of plants.

Wildlife activity:

Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the fragrant blooms of Ceanothus, manzanita, and the vibrant, red-velvet whorls of flowers on the Hummingbird sage.