The Winter season, more often than not, takes its toll on your garden, transforming it from a blossoming beauty into a bare burden. As winter creeps in your flowers and plants either gradually start dying back, or need to be covered for their protection, other than bare trees, your garden is empty and unwelcoming. If you believe that this is way it is meant to be, that this is how nature intended it, you would be wrong. There are a number of flowers that do not sprout and open until winter has set in, and it is these flowers that will make your garden come alive again during the cold season.
Buy all of your seeds in early spring, even winter flowers often need to be planted sometime during the season of spring. Read the instructions on each flower to ensure you plant it at exactly the right time, the right position with the right conditions and at the correct depth. Care for your winter seedlings as you do all of your other flowers, water regularly, give any additional feeder if required, cover if required etc. Don’t forget your winter flowers by the time summer arrives because they have not yet sprouted.
10 Winter flowers ideal for your garden:
Chimonanthus praecox var. luteus
Beautiful yellow flower, sweet scented, it is ideal to put in the home to fragrance a room. It requires sun and moist soil to grown.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill
This beautiful pink shrub has one of the strongest scents and is ideal for smaller gardens. It requires moist and fertile soil.
Hamamelis intermedia ‘Diane’
Stunning Red witch hazel brings a Christmas feel to your garden. It requires full sun or partial shade.
Iris unguicularis var. angustifolia
This vibrant purple flower is very hardy. It requires full sun and starved soil, and is best placed in a stony ground.
This is a classic winter bulb, with a variety of species to choose from. Why not try Galanthus nivalis, a single-flowered snowdrop or Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’, a double-flowered snowdrop. It required most soil and shade.
These buttercup like, golden, cup-shaped flowers are surrounded by green leaves. It requires moist soil and shade.
First the delicate looking flowers blossom, then the sturdy foliage grows to form silver-marbled leaves. It requires damp soil and moist shade.
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’
This yellow flowered plant grows upright, rather like a shrub or tree rather than spreading out. The clusters of flowers are accompanied with red berries, which are edible but not very nice, and a red/purple foliage. It requires moist soil.
Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’
This Skimmia has grape like bunches of creamy white flowers, highly fragranced and set in evergreen foliage. Unlike other Skimmia’s, ‘kew green’ does not produce berries. It requires moist soil.
Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
This shrub is beautiful in look and smell, the deep rose red buds open into white flowers with a pink tint. The flowers are gathered into clusters along bare branches. It requires moist soil.
This is a list of 10 of the winter flowers you can buy, however it is not a comprehensive list. There are many more stunning winter and autumn flowers that rival summer flowers in beauty and fragrance. If you have grown some winter flowers, why not try picking some of your favourite’s and arranging them in a vase to display around your home.