When the rest of your garden or yard goes dormant for the winter season, you can still enjoy the beauty and vitality of several species of blue winter flowers. These remarkable and hardy blooms do well from November through March and will give your garden both beauty and fragrance during the winter season. The hardiest winter annuals are pansies and violas. Larkspur will bloom in January and February and winter iris flowers are evergreen perennial herbs that bloom from December through March.
The winter iris plants require very little maintenance and every November they will treat you to a remarkable array of blue blooms that will bring life to your sleeping garden. This extraordinary plant will even bloom right through the winter snow. It has a fragrance that is a lovely mixture of vanilla, honey, and lemon. It will even bloom in extreme frost conditions. The flowers are generally blue, but can range from white, to lavender, to deep purple. The winter iris thrives in full sunlight and does best with total neglect from a gardener once planted.
Pansies and violas are of the same species. Blooms with one to two inch diameters are commonly called violas and flowers with diameters in excess of two inches are referred to as pansies. These are truly hardy winter blooming plants. In fact, even if they freeze solid, they will recover and flower throughout the winter and into the spring. Though they come in many colors and some of the blooms are even multicolored, the most common winter blooming varieties are blue and yellow.
Other winter bloomers which come in various colors including blue are sweet William, a cold hardy dianthus and matthiola incana, a very fragrant winter bloomer. Larkspur, forget-me-not, dusty miller, cornflower, and candytuft are all good choices for winter growth in your yard or garden.