8 Plants that Bloom in Winter

In most areas of the country, winter is rather dreary.  A look out your window usually shows a collection of greys, 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. Winter plants can perk up your spirits on an otherwise grey day.  While exact varieties of plants that flower in winter may vary depending on your hardiness zone, here are a few plants for winter that I came across:

8 Plants that Bloom in Winter

Winter gardening can be beautiful! Here are a few plants that bloom in winter!

Snowdrops:  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.

Winter Jasmine: Winter Jasmine is a yellow blooming plant that does well when planted on retaining walls and other areas where it has room to ‘drape’.

Winter gardening brings much needed color to the yard. Hellbore makes beautiful flowers to your yard, even when the weather is cold!

Hellbore image courtesy of Wikimedia

Hellebore: 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: 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. 

Sweetbox: 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.

Witnersweet image via Wikimedia Commons

Witnersweet image via Wikimedia Commons

Wintersweet: 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.

Flowering quince can make winter landscaping beautiful!

Flowering quince image via Wikimedia commons

Flowering quince:   The best plants for winter dont have to be difficult to grow.  Flowering quince is virtually indestructible and tolerates many climate extremes. It is a thorny shrub that makes a great natural fence and produces quite a few blooms in the winter.
A little advanced planning can ensure that you have vibrant colors in your landscaping all year round.  If you choose plants that bloom in winter you will have an endless source of color to bring INSIDE your home to brighten your day.  Just snip off a few branches or blooms and add to a small vase.  Winter won’t see quite so dreary with winter flowers in the house!  Check out HGTV for more plants that bloom in winter!

Do you have plants that bloom in winter in your own yard?

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working 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 as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Amber Edwards says:
    I have been wanting to have blooms in my yard all year long, but never knew what bloomed in the winter. What a great resource! I'm going ot have to see if any of these plants can grow in my area!
  2. These plants are so very lovely! I would love to have a garden to have flowers like these, but unfortunately in the city our gardens are concrete.
  3. I've got to look into these. Winter is so blah. I love the snow on the trees, but there's just no color for the most part.
  4. oh wow i never knew this. those are some beautiful flowers. i wonder does my mom know this as she is a florist.
  5. Don't forget camellia bushes! They have white or pinkish red flowers like a full rose

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