Winter Flowers For Your Garden
Unless you really know your flowers, you may assume that they all go dormant in the winter, leaving your garden a lifeless landscape of brown and yellow has-beens. That actually isn’t true at all, as there is a broad variety of flowers that will happily bloom throughout the winter months.
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Winter Blooming Flowers
- English Primrose is a wonderful winter flower to enjoy, as they bloom in a variety of colors that keep the drab days looking cheerful. The “prim-” prefix means “first,” as most primroses are early to bloom in the spring, but these lovelies enjoy blossoming in the colder months. Despite it’s name, primrose is an evergreen rather than a true rose, but its lovely blossoms are commonly referred to as “rosettes.”
- Witch-Hazel, commonly found in the first aid section of the grocery store, is actually a plant! These unlikely beauties are full of personality with their somewhat haggard looking clusters of yellow-orange blossoms. The petals are long and thin, giving the flowers a charmingly ragged appearance.
- Snowdrops are wonderfully dramatic, with their drooping snow-white petals. They typically bloom around early November, so you’ll want to plant them in time to enjoy their fleeting beauty. Just like Texas winters, they go back into hiding shortly after the holiday season ends! As a bulb perennial, you can expect these drooping beauties to rebloom twice per year.
- Kaffir Lily blooms in late winter, but struggles to withstand extended frosts. She produces long leafy stalks full of bright red-orange blossoms. Its broad petals create a wide, rounded “face” that’s sure to add a cheerful contrast to the handful of snowy days we see in North Texas.
- Pansies have no problem blooming in the cold- even in much frostier climates than what we see here in Texas. Their joyful faces come in a rainbow of colors, many of which include a bright burst of white in the center. Pansies are actually a hybrid between several species, and the term itself is most commonly used in reference to those with bi-color or multi-color petals.
- Hellebore, AKA the “Christmas Rose,” is a hardy shrub with deep roots that give it a winter-friendly resilience. It needs very little sunlight, and its only weakness is harsh wind gusts. Despite its harsh-sounding name, the flowers produced by hellebore plants are visually intense and strikingly lovely.
- Phlox thrives throughout the winter months, so long as it’s receiving sufficient sunlight. It’s flowers, which bloom throughout the season, range from purple to deep crimson, vibrant pink to bright white. Phlox actually includes over 60 species, so you want to be sure you pick a variety that’s specifically cultivated to bloom in the winter.
- Pieris Japonica produces long chutes of flower buds late in the fall season, but they don’t open until late winter. When they bloom, they create white and pinkish-coppery blossoms that resemble an urn. While their blooming season only lasts a few weeks, the cascade of drooping petals add a dramatic flare to your garden.
- Honeywort is native to the Mediterranean region, but their hardiness allows them to sustain cooler climates as well. As a bonus, their leaves transition into a deep blue shade in response to the cold! Similar to peiris japonica, this plant’s multi-color blossoms are bell-shaped.
- Winter Jasmine lives up to its name, as it happily blooms in the wintertime, unlike its botanical cousins. The only drawback is that this particular breed doesn’t offer jasmine’s signature fragrance. Its blossoms are typically white or yellow, creating a lively starburst of petals at the end of their narrow tubules.
- Winter Honeysuckle offers your garden a lengthy blooming season that can stretch from November all the way through April. And yes- they’re fragrant! However, this variety offers a bright, and cheerful lemony scent instead of the classic honey-like fragrance. Also know as “the sweet breath of spring,” this shrub can become invasive if not properly pruned.