Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a little touch of springtime. These winter flowering plants add a friendly burst of color to your yard, pots, or planters even when everything else is cold and dull.
For blossoms in the winter months, gardeners should turn to hardy plants like snapdragons because of their durability. Snapdragons produce large flowers in an array of bright colors that give off a faint fragrance. The flowers grow from bottom to top in two heights: the ten-inch dwarf snapdragon and the 18-24 inch version. When planted in late fall in most climates, snapdragons begin blossoming in mid-winter and are fully bloomed by February.
Iceland poppies also flourish in the winter. When planted in a sheltered location away from the direct impact of winter’s elements, the perennials will yield large, bowl-shaped, flowers that are supported by hairy stems. The faintly scented blossoms are white or yellow and can be planted in larger masses rather than in small groups to create a more significant presence.
Sweet alyssum is a hardy annual that can survive frosts that other plants cannot withstand. If planted as seedlings in the fall, they will seed and spread even when temperatures plunge. The white or purple flowers have four small, rounded petals that give the blossoms their squared shape.
Finally, the fairy primrose, though often thought of as an early spring blooming plant, can produce blossoms in colder climates. Like the Iceland Poppy, the fairy primrose looks great in large clumps and comes in a wide range of colors to brighten up the dull yards of winter.
Don’t let the cold months take the life out of your yard! Try planting these hardy flowers to keep springtime alive before winter weather gets you down.