You may live in the cold north, the warm south or anywhere else. However, this doesn’t mean that every plant in your garden will be dormant between December and March. Even in the coldest months, you can still find annual flowers and perennial flowers. There are also flowering shrubs that don’t need to wait for spring to add colour to your landscape.
Don’t wait for spring to get your gardening tools out of storage. Spring is the best time to be able to enjoy some of nature’s most beautiful plants. Many flowers can bloom even in winter. Some flower varieties can even thrive in the cold. These are not just the most common flowers but some of your best choices.
Daffodils, which bloom as early as February in some areas, are one of the first flowers that appear at the first signs of spring. These bright yellow flowers are made from bulbs. There are both pure white and yellow-toned varieties as well as pure white. To give them plenty of time for strong roots to develop, daffodil bulbs should be planted at least three weeks before the first frost in your area. Avoid soils that are too heavy or moist. Daffodils will prefer sandy soils or those that are slightly heavier than they are.
The tiny snowdrop can be found on stems that are three to six inches high. Each plant produces one white flower, each measuring 12 inches in width. These perennials can reproduce on their own and spread as the seasons change. These flowers thrive in clumps, so it is important to plant at least ten snowdrops. You can let them grow as they do, and eventually, you will have many snowdrop fields to welcome the spring. Snowdrops thrive in the shade of trees. All true snowdrops can be planted under a walnut tree without being affected by the juglone poisoning that prevents many plants from flourishing in such places. To protect your snowdrops from the heat of the summer sun, make sure they have enough shade.
Many winter flowers are attributed to the viola family. These flowers are the first to bloom each spring, and pansies continue to bloom throughout the winter. There are more than 500 species of flowers that can be classified as violas. These include both perennials and annuals. The majority of violas have small blossoms measuring up to an inch and a half in diameter. The related pansies family includes blooms that measure two to three inches in width. Even though villas can be eaten, you might want to use a few to garnish a cake or salad.
These bulbs are closely related to the Squills. They bloom so early that they can be seen through the winter snow. Gardeners can grow Glory-of the snow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8. This plant produces star-shaped blue blossoms with white centres. Some varieties can bloom pink or lavender, while others may be blue. You can either propagate the plants by division or allow them to self-seed.
This is one of the first flowers to emerge each year. It often appears in January. Although they don’t have the same scent as many jasmine blooms, the butter-yellow flowers are easy to maintain and quick to establish. Winter jasmine can climb over nearby structures, even though it is not an avid climber. This plant likes full sun and well-drained soil. Winter jasmine will appreciate some compost, even though soil quality is not an issue.