Are there any winter blooming plants?
One late fall/early winter weekend, I was walking around the garden center at our Lowe’s Home Improvement store, when I overheard a conversation between a customer and the garden center employee. The customer asked about flowers and the employee, who was the one in charge of the plants at this store, told her that nothing bloomed in the winter.
I hated to butt in on a conversation and so I waited until I saw the same customer alone later and told her that the clerk was wrong. Here in the south anyway, there ARE plants that bloom in the winter!
A lot of people plant pansies in the spring, but I find that they perform better when planted in the fall. Our winters are mild enough that they will bloom all winter and will still be blooming in the spring. You can choose from purple, yellow, white, maroon, and many colors in between.
Pansies are short plants that are great for planting underneath taller plants. They are only about 4-6 inches tall and are best planted in mass for an amazing show of color . They are also great in pots.
Winter Jasmine is a sprawling shrub that can grow rather large, anywhere from 4-15 feet. Usually in January, small yellow blooms will appear along the spindly stems. Pruning will produce thicker blooms which are beautiful hanging over a wall or a fence.
I love growing jasmines for their well known sweet scent, but this winter jasmine has no scent at all!
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Camellias are a large shrub and can grow into a small tree. This one is about 6 feet tall and has the most amazing red flowers I’ve ever seen.
Camellias also come in white, and pink. I have one of each but both the pink and white ones are tiny still.
This pink one is one that I planted at my old house many years ago.
I have a friend who grows these and has been bragging on how well they perform, so I have borrowed a couple of her photos to show you. She has several colors which make a beautiful February display. Also known as Christmas Rose and Winter Rose, these are on my “to purchase” list!
Lenten Roses grow to be about 12 inches tall and should be planted in part shade to part sun. There are a wide variety of colors and one I really like is the unusual green flower!
So you CAN have flowers in the winter!
If it’s still snowing where YOU are, you might be interested in how to Enjoy Bulbs before Spring.
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