Does putting your garden to bed bring about bouts of sadness while waiting for Spring? For most of the country, winter is the quiet season for gardeners, but not anymore. These beautiful garden varieties bloom throughout winter to give you a boost of color when everything else is long gone. Check out these beautiful winter plants that give more color to your garden!
1-Winter pansies are the gold-medalists of cold weather flower. They can actually freeze solid and still emerge ready to grow and flower. These are not frost tolerant, but work great in beds or containers and give a nice bright color.
2-Christmas rose is a perennial flower with leathery, dark green leaves. It stands up like an umbrella happy to hold the snow. They can survive easily to Zone 5, sometimes up to Zone 3. Once it gets warm enough to bloom (usually February or March but could be as soon as January), dainty and delicate snowdrop buds appear. They are small, but mighty enough to push through the snow and ice. Best of all, deer don’t like them at all. I can’t find this flower at my local shop, But you can buy a pack of seeds here on amazon.
3-Winter aconite is the perfect option if you’re looking for some bright green leaves and cheery yellow blossoms amidst late winter snows. The Aconite grows from a bulb and only grows to about 6 inches tall, but stays hardy in Zones 3-7.
4-Winter Jasmine is a nice option that is virtually maintenance-free. This variety won’t give you any trouble to grow and produces nice colorful blooms in a variety of shades.
5-Holly has its own holiday song and it’s easy to see why. The holly bush is an evergreen, that produces red or gold berries that just looks like the perfect holiday decoration for your landscape. I was on the hunt for holly and finally tried amazon.com, I was so surprised to find Dwarf Burford Holly plants available for home delivery. My front porch is going to bear a cute new holly bush in a festive bucket!
6-Witch Hazel is a shrub or small tree that provides beautiful bright foliage in the fall and strappy flowers in the winter and early spring. It usually comes in yellow to orange varieties and offers a sweet fragrance, even in cold winter months.
7-Winter Heath is among the most reliable winter plants, and its bright blooms usually come first. While the others are still working on their buds, this one is an early riser and will bloom urn-shaped purple and pink flowers right through the snow.
8-Scilla is a beautiful cool hue flower that blooms year after year. In addition to being very easy to maintain, the plant is compact while the blooms are spectacular. Bulbs should be planted in the fall and generally you can expect flowers in late winter.