Spring and summer have always been associated with the growth of flowers or shrubs in a garden, however, winter does present the opportunity for flowers to make a colorful appearance. To provide some small relief from the drab, cold and sometimes, windy months in winter, it is possible to introduce bright flowers within the garden. Yes, the days may be shorter and the sun may be weaker making most plant growth regress to that of a dormant crawl but it is still possible to create a unique patch filled with exciting colors. This will ensure the garden appears less empty, barren, and livelier. Use this brief guide to the various types of flowering winter garden plants available for purchase and use.
The pansy is arguably the most common winter garden plant used on a global scale. It is presented with a plethora of colors and can be used in various color combinations. The pansy is beneficial for the winter months as it grows in cooler conditions and, with the correct positioning, may be considered an “evergreen” plant flowering all year. Despite its ability to grow in all cool conditions, the pansy does require a great deal of maintenance and attention to ensure continued growth.
Similar to the pansy, the viola is a winter plant that will bloom in cool conditions and can be grown all year if planted in the correct position. It is much smaller than the pansy but presents with a greater fragrance and is ideal if you are looking for a colorful and “pretty smelling” garden. The viola can grow abundantly and it is possible to plant masses of violas during a single season.
The begonia is a highly popular winter flowering plant as it is a quick blooming flower and thrives in shady spaces. Commonly known as the gypsy begonia, this flower is small and compact and will grow in all areas of the garden. Furthermore, it is hardy and will grow during all seasons without a great need for tending. The begonia is available in various colors with green or brown foliage and pink, white or red flowers.
A second compact winter flowering plant is the polyanthus. The polyanthus is a low growing flower and presents with smaller, yet highly striking, groups of flowers springing from a green center leaf. This plant tends to thrive in cooler conditions and will endure the coldest of weather. The flowers are available in various colors ranging from red to yellow.
The primula is a slender plant that is typically grown on a stem surrounding small white or pink blooms. A simple plant to grow, this flower is one of the more elegant types of flowering winter plants and can be placed in any garden as a side piece above the other items.
Winter may seem a time of dreary, desolate gardens; however, this is not true and color can be introduced to the garden. By using the information above you can choose the best winter garden plants most suitable for your specific situation.