January in Your Garden

Winter is the wet season, and your garden is a magical retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Toyons burst with red berries, wildflower seedlings carpet the ground, and manzanitas bloom.

January plant highlights:

image of pink Arctostaphylos flowers in bloom ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw image of Ceanothus in bloom ~ photo by Carol Bornstein image of Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifloia) with red berries ~ photo by Elizabeth Collins image of Salvia spathacea in bloom ~ photo by Lawrence Wallin

  • Manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp.) in bloom – some species bloom through winter, others in spring, attracts hummingbirds &  butterflies
  • California lilac (Ceanothus spp.) in bloom – different species bloom January into June, attracts hummingbirds &  butterflies
  • Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) – brilliant red berries in December & January
  • Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea) in bloom - blooms January into July, attracts hummingbirds & butterflies

Gardening tips:

If winter rains have been scarce, water new natives plants and annuals.

Water the rest of the garden as needed.

Wildlife activity:

Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the fragrant blooms of manzanita and the vibrant, red-velvet whorls of flowers on the Hummingbird sage. The bright red Toyon berries are a favorite food of robins and waxwings in winter, with more than 20 species of birds utilizing them for food.