In most areas of the country, winter is rather dreary. A look out your window usually shows a collection of grays, browns, tans and other drab colors. Maybe your yard is blanketed with white snow and the sun is hidden by a thick blanket of clouds. It’s a far cry from the reds, yellows and greens that we see during the spring and summer. However, winter doesn’t have to be completely without color. There are many plants that bloom in winter that can add vibrant colors to your back yard.
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Winter plants can perk up your spirits on an otherwise bland day. While exact varieties of plants that flower in winter may vary depending on your hardiness zone, there are many varieties of winter flowering plants that add color to your yard. Wouldn’t it be nice to look out and see some pink and red decorating the vast landscape of white?
8 Plants that Bloom in Winter
Winter blooming plants may need a few years to really start flowering. You should also check into the best time to prune flowering plants to that you don’t snip off new flower buds by accident. A good pair of trimmer is one of my essential gardening tools, and don’t forget to add plenty of organic fertilizer for flowering plants. Once you prepare your garden for winter, consider adding some new landscaping into your yard.
Snowdrops usually bloom in late November and will stay on the ground until near Christmas time. Some varieties will last even longer. Blooms are a white-green in color and turned towards the ground.
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Winter Jasmine is a yellow blooming plant that does well when planted on retaining walls and other areas where it has room to ‘drape’.
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These flowers often resemble fresh cut red roses and are known as Christmas roses. They are long-lived perennials that thrive in shade or patchy sunlight. They come in a variety of colors like pink, white, rose, burgundy and light green. Different species and varieties can bloom from November to April, lying dormant in the summer months.
Phlox actually thrive year round and will often bloom even in winter. They can thrive in winter sun as long as they are planted in well drained soil. You will find many different shades of pink and purple flowers and even a few whites.
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If you want to grow more than flowers this winter, check out the video below from OYR Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening. They share 8 keys to growing in winter in an unheated greenhouse.
Winter gardening can benefit the wildlife when berries grow on the plants! Sweetbox is a small evergreen shrub that creates fragrant flowers from February through April. The flowers are white and slightly tube shaped and will sprout into small, non edible black berries in the fall. It likes lots of shade and well drained soil.
Fragrant wintersweet makes waxy cuplike flowers that are fragrant and produce a yellow to white color with a purple center. They bloom during the winter season and continue through early spring
‘Jelena’ Witch Hazel:
The orange and red flowers of Jelena Witch Hazel create a vibrant picture against the snowy backdrop. They typically bloom in January and will create wild spirals of orange and red petals.
Do you have plants that bloom in winter in your own yard?
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.