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May’s Gardening Checklist

It’s finally Spring, and if you have kept up with the gardening checklist, May is the month to watch your garden grow, especially here in Hidden Hills!

As a Hidden Hills resident and Garden Designer, here is a post I’m sharing from my blog at 



Siberian Iris

  • Plant irises
  • Plant canned roses
  • Plant tropicals
  • Transplant potted bulbs into the ground
  • Replace cool-season bedding flowers with flowers to bloom in summer
  • Continue planting summer vegetables
  • Plant a giant pumpkin for Halloween
  • Purchase, plant, and transplant succulents, including cacti and euphorbias



Tie up tomato vines.

  • Thin out fruit on deciduous fruit trees
  • Continue to pick and deadhead roses
  • Prune camellias
  • Clean up and prune azaleas
  • Prune winter—and spring—flowering vines, shrubs, trees, and ground covers after they finish blooming
  • Continue to tie up tomatoes
  • Deadhead and cut back perennials


Feed avocado trees.

Feed avocado trees.

  • Feed citrus trees
  • Feed avocado trees
  • Fertilize camellias after bloom
  • Feed azaleas after bloom
  • Feed roses

Also This Month

Harvest your citrus trees.

Harvest your citrus trees.

  • Mulch your whole garden
  • Remove volunteers that are growing where they are not wanted
  • Pull out cool-season annuals that have finished blooming
  • Harvest citrus

Look for our Gardening Checklist coming in June!

Linda McKendry is owner of Linda McKendry Garden Design & Rose Care, a landscape design, horticulture & rose care company that specializes in creating beautiful gardens for its clients, educates its friends and business partners about the joys of gardening, and teaches classes on how to care for roses. When asked “What makes a garden?” She responds, “My personal idea of a garden is a space which includes a place to sit and smell the roses, a place where you can be refreshed by the sound and sight of water and an environment where you can experience the change of the seasons.” She can be reached at 818.974.0405,

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