Keen for the holidays and the time off? Be sure your garden is as ready for the holidays as you are! Whether you are taking a trip to the coast or staying home for the holidays, you’ll need to spend some time in your garden, either making sure it doesn’t suffer while you’re gone or prepping for entertaining!

Garden To-Do-List

  • November is the best time to plant hydrageas  or “Christmas roses”. These acid loving plants will bloom if you feed them an acidic foliar feed and mulch around them with bark chips. 
  • Potted hydrangeas should be well watered and placed in bright light, but not direct sun light, to keep them happy. 
  • Flowering plants should now be fed with a 3:1:5 fertiliser. 
  • Your deadhead rose bushes can be pruned & trimmed now – and also be sure to check for aphids. 
  • Also check your citrus trees for aphids this time of year. 
  • Make use of a slow-release fertiliser, layer of compost and mulch for your garden as things heat up during November to help the soil retain moisture. This will also help you be more water wise.
  • Prep your garden for the holidays by mowing and watering your lawn regularly. 
  • You will also want to fertilise your lawn in November with an organic 5:1:5 or specialized lawn fertilizer.
  • Add water retention granules such as peat, vermiculite, perlite or clay aggregate to your flower baskets, containers and beds to be water wise.
  • Be sure to weed your garden regularly to eliminate unnecessary competition for water among your plants.
  • Your herbs can also be fed Seagro or another gentle and organic fertiliser.
  • Fynbos-type plants can now be pruned and trimmed to stimulate new growth and blooms next season.
  • Water your roses twice a week if rainfall is insufficient. Watch your Clivia, Agapanthus, Arums and Hemerocallises for lily borer – a black caterpillar with yellow stripes!
  • Summer means pests are on the prowl, so keep an eye out for aphids, fungus and snails and treat organic pesticide if need be.

What to Plant

  • Be sure to plant summer bulbs like begonias, liatris, eucomis, crocosmias, dahlias, nerines, Polianthes, sprekelia and Daubenyas! 


  • Landscape grasses can be planted now – they are hardy and low-maintainence so if you’re looking to add texture to your garden these could be a good idea.
  • Herbs such as asparagus, celery, coriander, lavender, thyme, rocket and mint can all be planted now and are sure to be perfect for summer cocktails! 
  • Perennials sure to add colour such as vincas, marigolds, dianthus and salvias (sun loving) or impatiens, begonias and browallia (shade loving) can all be planted now. 

What to Sow

  • Vegetables such as beans, carrots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin and spinach can all be sown in November.

In our opinion there is nothing better than enjoying a good book in your garden. We can’t wait to spend some time in the garden in December! Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page (@4SeasonsGardenCentre) for new stock and gardening tips for entertaining in the holidays!