How To Prepare Your Yard For The Cold Season With The Best Winter FlowersPublished: 11/10/2022 | Updated: 29/03/2023
As it is the coldest season of the year, people tend to feel depressed during the winter. They think of it as the season of dreary weather, constant rain and icy cold winds, and, in some areas, never-ending piles of snow.
But winter has as much beauty as any other season of the year.
In fact, nature is at its most beautiful during the winter because, despite all the harsh weather conditions, it remains resilient and preserved.
Think of how much joy you feel when you see a flower blooming out of the concrete.
In the same sense, there are flowers that thrive and bloom vibrantly through the harsh winter months. And their beauty becomes even more striking when they are accompanied by a backdrop of winter colors like snowy white.
And with the right plants in your yard, you can drive away those winter blues and brighten up your yard on those chilly mornings.
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Can flowers even bloom in winter?
Pansies and Violas
Ornamental Kale and Cabbage
Why Should You Plant Flowers That Bloom in the Winter?
Can Flowers Even Bloom In Winter?
The definite answer is a strong YES!
And there are many cold-resistant flowers that bloom all winter long for you to choose from.
Plants such as Snowdrops, Winter Aconites, Cyclamen, Pansies, and many more are such superheroes that they can defiantly break through the snow and bloom boldly despite all the odds stacked against them.
Naturally, these cold-hardy flowers can bloom even more vibrantly and healthy if they were planted in mild climates where they are protected from frost and freezing weather, but their brilliance lies in the fact that they can still flourish and thrive radiantly through the harshest conditions.
There is wisdom to be taken from that for sure.
Read on to find out the best winter flowers that can bring vibrancy to your gloomy backyard.
Snowdrop (Galanthus) is a perennial flower that needs to be planted in the fall for late winter and early spring bloom.
Those drooping bell-shaped dainty flowers with their pure white color and fairy-like appearance are breathtaking to look at and are certain to add a magical charm to your garden.
Especially when they start blooming while snow is still covering the ground.
These white flowers also tend to blossom in large groups that blanket the earth in a beautiful snow-like coverage, thus earning them the name snowdrops.
Plant them in rock gardens or use them as ground cover or to edge your walkways.
Be aware, however, if you are a pet owner, snowdrops may not be the best choice for your yard as they are toxic to pets.
#2: Winter Aconites
Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is a perennial flower that blooms in the late winter, bursting bravely right through the snow.
They thrive in moist, well-drained soil. And as long as they are planted in fertile grounds, they don’t need much care for them to grow and flower beautifully each year.
Winter aconite has tiny buttercup-shaped blossoms that have a vibrant yellow color, which is most appealing when it contrasts against the whiteness of snow.
Plant winter aconites in clusters for you to have the best view in your backyard.
Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is a perennial flower that starts blooming in the late fall and lasts until spring.
They like the shade and the mild winter sun, and they become dormant during the summer season. It is therefore recommended they be planted under the shade of deciduous trees.
Cyclamen's curved petals have a sweet fragrance, and they blossom in stunning and lovely colors that range from striking white to different shades of pink, lavender, and red.
#4: Snow Crocus
Snow Crocus (Crocus chrysanthus) are stunning flowers that start blooming from late winter to very early spring.
Battling the snow and popping up in various vivid colors, these bowl-shaped flowers only open their petals when the sun is shining or when there is a lot of light directed at them.
Their petals then close up during the night and on rainy days.
Snow crocus flowers come in many lively colors, from shades of white, yellow, and orange to blue and violet.
Plant them en masse for the best winter landscape decorative effect or add them to your rock gardens for a beautiful pop of color.
These bulbs are known to attract rodents, however, so make sure to plant them alongside other less appetizing bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths.
#5: The Bright Yellow Flowers Of Daffodils
The daffodil (Narcissus) is a strong and easy-to-plant perennial flower that grows in any type of soil.
These winter bloomers are resilient to animals such as rabbits and deer, and they attract important pollinators and multiply over time.
These bright yellow flowers that look like small suns can blossom as early as February if planted in the fall, and they will come back every year after that.
And with their golden color and fluttering petals, they are inspiring and poetic.
However, if you are a pet owner, make sure to keep your pets away from it, as it can be poisonous if eaten.
It is also advisable to wear gloves before handling daffodils as they could cause a rash.
#6: Pansies and Violas
Pansies and violas are gorgeous little flowers that have a stunning appearance with many different radiant colors and a sweet fragrance.
They are great to have in any winter garden and are sure to brighten up your backyard’s atmosphere.
And when planted together, they create a balanced and harmonious landscape display.
These buoyant flowers bloom through the early winter until late spring, and they will come back every year.
In fact, pansies are even super cold hardy that you can actually plant them in late winter for very early spring blooms.
Deciduous shrubs rather than a flower, winterberry remains one of the best plants to have during the winter.
And it's always mesmerizing to see the contrast between their bare branches filled with bright red berries and the snowy white background.
Those red berries are also irresistible to songbirds, which will bring delightful music.
Make sure to plant both the male and female plants to have those ornamental berries pop up in the winter.
#8: Ornamental Kale and Cabbage
Ornamental kale and cabbage are common plants in fall gardens for their stunning appearance and autumn-season colors.
These blooming annuals are especially popular choices for the winter season though due to being cold hardy plants that can withstand temperatures as low as 5°F.
In fact, warmer climates may prevent the development of their vivid leaf color.
The leaves of these flowering plants develop into gorgeous, huge rosettes that range in color from white and pink to purple and crimson.
Camellia (From Winter To Early Spring)
A striking evergreen shrub, the camellia is a warrior plant.
It survives and thrives despite all the odes and blooms steadily for weeks in the late winter to early spring.
The camellia is a large and dramatic flower that looks like a rose with gorgeous and magical-looking petals that range in color from white to shades of red and pink blossoms.
Pieris are gorgeous evergreen shrubs that can withstand winter as long as they are well sheltered from its icy winds.
They have ornate and fragrant flowers blooming in bell-shaped clusters from their delicate shoots in an attractive white or delicate pink color.
Winter Jasmine is a gorgeous evergreen shrub with arching branches that can brighten the winter season's dreariness.
These dense, hardy plants, which bloom in the winter with bright yellow adorable flowers, are popular for their low maintenance.
This winter flowering variety is not highly aromatic, though, in contrast to the other varieties' beautiful fragrances.
Why Should You Plant Flowers That Bloom in the Winter?
Winter is the season to take a step back and observe your world as the end of the year approaches. It is the season of holidays when people and families gather together to reconnect, seek warmth, and spread love.
At such a time, what could be a better sight than vibrantly blooming flowers to welcome your guests?
And when you wake up and look outside your window on a chilly morning, or when you're sitting in your winter garden warming up under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate, or cozying up by the warmth of a fire pit surrounded by a white winterscape and cold weather, and you see the many winter blooming flowers bursting beautifully from the snow, you will feel a sense of renewed hope and optimism.
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