Gardening in January, February

A snow-covered garden designed by Birmingham-based landscape architect John Wilson.

The snow from yesterday’s (all-too-brief) snow storm is melting and things are getting back to normal across Central Alabama. One thing many Liberty Parkers are passionate about is gardening and landscape. Though there’s a slim chance that anyone is wanting to get back in the yard today, it feels like a perfect time to share a information about gardening in the winter — an elusive, if not impossible task for many in the South who welcome cold weather about as well as they welcome in-laws at Christmastime.

So, with that said, what should you be doing during these crisp, cold months? Well, the answer may surprise you. There’s much more that you can do than you may think. For help, we did research and below are the most common results we found. So, what are you doing in YOUR garden? Tell us on Facebook

Tips for Winter Gardening in Central Alabama

  • It’s still planting season for most trees, shrubs and hardy perennials. Plant dormant fruit and nut trees, camellias, and so forth.
  • Visit camellia shows! Believe it or not, there are still flower shows that go on in the winter. Check out Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ event listings and email newsletters, for instance, for information about upcoming society events or flower shows.
  • Plant certain vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, collards, salsify, and Swiss chard.
  • Sow tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts in window sills inside your home.
  • Plant tubers and root crops like potatoes and onions.
  • Prune shrubs now before growth season comes in the spring.
  • Plan for spring and summer growing seasons. Contact a garden designer or landscape architect for big projects that require construction or renovations.


  1. Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  2. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  3. Aldridge Botanical Gardens
  5. DIY Network