The winter season sure can leave our gardens feeling a little drab and lacking in colour. You’ll probably tried some festive lights but what about some flowers? Many plants won’t survive the winter; others will try yet will become damaged by the frost. Thankfully, there are some flowers that can bloom during the cold weather. Investing in a few of these lovelies can keep your garden looking nice and colourful all year through.
1 . Snowdrops
Snowdrops are called ‘Galanthus’ in Latin, which means ‘milk-white flowers’. These flowers originated in areas of Asia Minor and Europe. There are around seventy different varieties of this one flower. To grow snowdrops, you’ll need a good compost and well-draining soil. Organic gardening practices using natural fertilizers are best for your plants and your health. Plant your bulbs in small groups and give them enough space away from your other flowers. Though these appear delicate, snowdrops are a tough plant that can survive the winter cold well.
Pansies don’t generally survive the hot weather well, and they are interestingly pretty adept at getting through the winter. They’ll get through a frost and bloom again, so they are perfect for your winter garden. If you want your pansies to flower during the fall and winter, you should plant them during the late summertime. You could also purchase some pansies in a container, to give your garden a lovely zest of colour.
3. Holly bushes
Springtime or fall is the ideal time to plant your holly bushes. Be sure to plant them in well-drained soil in a place where they will get plenty of springtime sun. The female holly bush produces berries, yet to grow these berries you will likely need to plant a male holly bush closeby. (Some types of holly will not require the presence of the male plant, so it’s best to check the variety). Water the bush regularly and cover it at night time for protection. Investing in a good sprinkler system can ensure that all of your plants and flowers get the right amount of water. It can also be useful to get an adequate lighting system in your garden, to stay safe on those icy winter pathways. Try companies like Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting for a range of useful services.
Snapdragons are another variety of flowers which do well in the cold weather. They are a beautiful addition to any garden and can repeat bloom throughout different seasons. When growing these flowers, they need plenty of watering for the initial weeks especially. They can handle freezing temperatures, yet will need a little help with a layer of mulch. If it gets super cold, you can use also use pine straw to protect them further.
If you’ve missed planting season, it’s not too late to buy yourself some gorgeous winter-blooming flowers for your garden. Why not go all out and get some accessories to match the colours? You’ll want to have your home looking great inside and out before your guests arrive for the festive season.