December

Winter Hellebore

Pacific Northwest Gardening in December

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  • Cut out dead on Japanese maples
  • Rake leaves and clean up debris, especially leaves that may be diseased
  • Finish pruning back perennials
  • Add mulch on garden beds
  • Deadhead pansies
  • Plant winter containers with hardy evergreens like hellebore, ivy, miniature conifers, wintergreen and heuchera
  • Need to move a plant?  Do it now when it’s dormant
  • Remove broken branches from trees after storms
  • Think about spring

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