Skip to content

Gardening in November: before winter, follow these important tips for a well-prepared garden

Shortly before the finale of the year, the work in the garden also becomes less. But still there is something to do, and today we would like to summarize what important gardening work is waiting for you in November, so that you also do not forget anything and can start the short winter break with a clear conscience. Follow these gardening tips for a well-maintained garden that is best prepared for the winter and also for the new season.

What can you plant in November?

Gardening in November - what to plant and should be protected in winter

Yes, it is already getting colder and one or the other frost prevails in the meantime. Still, there are quite a few things you could plant even in the colder months of November. So planting new specimens is a potential gardening activity you can consider, and one that will benefit you come spring! What to plant in November?

Gardening in November – bulbs come into the beds.

Gardening in November - planting bulbs for spring.

It’s been frosting on occasion, but the ground itself hasn’t frozen yet. So before the ground frost prevents planting new plants, you can quickly make up for it. The spring flowers , which grow from bulbs, namely can now be staked. This is important because the flowers need the cold period to develop well and form flowers in the spring. So if you want Easter bells, tulips and crocuses to decorate your garden in a few months, plan to do this gardening in November.

Speaking of bulbs, some go in the ground, others come out. At least that’s true for dahlias, which are not hardy. You can consider the first frost as a good time for this. And this may well be as late as November.

Some hardy potted plants you can also sow now. These include the Christmas rose , the watering heart and the pasque flower. They can easily survive the winter in the tub.

You can plant perennials in the garden

Plant perennials for stronger growth next season

If you put new plants in the beds before winter, you guarantee that they will grow much stronger and healthier next year. So the cold winter has anything but a debilitating effect, as some believe. The reason for this is that the plants can concentrate on forming roots, instead of putting their strength into the above-ground parts of the plant. It’s important to note, however, that this only applies to hardy specimens, which will nonetheless benefit from winter protection during their first winter, as the plants won’t have enough time to acclimate until before the big chill.

Exceptions to this tip for gardening in November are grasses : these do not come into the bed until spring.

Gardening in November – time for new trees and shrubs.

Planting fruit trees and shrubs for the first harvest next year


And more specifically for fruit-bearing plants : raspberries, blackberries, apple trees, cherries and, and, and! The reason that this is just the right season for planting in the garden is the same as for perennials. You give the plants the opportunity to form the roots, and this can even be so beneficial that you can expect the first flowers as early as next spring. So that means a fruit or two already, too!

What about vegetables?

Gardening in November - sowing carrots, root parsley, parsnips

Large selection is not, but in fact there are varieties that you can plant in the bed, despite the cold, and add to your list of important gardening in November. For example, sow sea kale or winter purslane, as well as carrots, chervil, root parsley and parsnips for next year.

Important gardening in November – It is busy pruning.

Prune trees and shrubs to encourage growth in the new year


While there is a ban on radical pruning between fall and October to protect birds, you can now boldly cut what needs to be cut. And these are mainly trees and shrubs and, if necessary, the hedge. Pruning is therefore an important gardening in November, because on the one hand you protect the plants from the heavy load due to snow. Indeed, the branches could break off and these “wounds” then turn into weak points where diseases such as fungal diseases can penetrate. In addition, you will encourage the formation of new shoots in the spring. However, remember that some shrubs prefer late winter or spring for such pruning ( the hibiscus, for example ).

Protect everything that needs winter protection!

Gardening in November - lay out winter protection for sensitive and young plants

At the latest, now is the time to provide more sensitive plants in the garden with winter protection. This also applies to everything you planted in the fall. And for this purpose, you can even use cut branches from your conifers or from hedge plants, so they will continue to have their usefulness. Garden fleece is also good to use. Check with your garden center for options.

Protect potted plants properly

Protect potted plants from frost or bring them into winter quarters

You now also need to think about the hardier potted plants that have been able to stay outside. Some absolutely need winter quarters, while others receive this preferentially, but can also remain outside with the right winter protection. Here it is important not only to wrap the above-ground parts with fleece or other suitable material. Above all, the pot, that is, the root ball, must be protected. For this it needs insulation from below and from the sides. There are suitable accessories in hardware stores and garden centers.

Using the last garden waste in a pet-friendly way and further gardening in November.

Shelter for hedgehogs from raked leaves and cut branches

That you can and should cut the trees and shrubs, we have already mentioned. But in addition, there are always fallen leaves that you should rake to avoid diseases in the garden. And all this waste you can use for a favorite garden inhabitant: the hedgehog ! Build him a nice winter home out of twigs and leaves.

Leaves and twigs for hedgehogs, turn off water, winterize lawn mower

Last but not least, be sure to protect your water pipes. To prevent the water from freezing, turn them off. Also, empty other containers such as the rain barrel, winterize the lawn mower and clean and store all the garden tools that have done you such a good job.