Garden like a pro When professionals transform a garden, they work differently than most home gardeners. Why? They can’t afford to fail, so follow their lead for success. PLANT only in the cooler, wetter season (Fall through Spring). LA climate-adapted plants, especially the natives, are much happier if you plant them between November and March. This gets them settled and watered by the rains before the summer heat convinces them to take a summer siesta. CHANGE one section at a time, but plan to tackle it all eventually. Home gardeners often haphazardly add a plant here and there, and end up mixing together plants with different needs. Instead, pick one section (or more) of your garden that you can completely remodel. After your whole garden is converted, and growing, you can fill in a few plants here and there every Winter.