Many people—even a lot of die-hard flower enthusiasts out there—falsely assume that having a colorful garden during the winter months is an impossible task. But we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! In fact, there are loads of beautiful winter flowers that are in bloom and in style during the chilliest months of the year. And this is especially true if you live in an area with mild winters like the coasts or the South (sorry North Dakotans, you might experience a bit of trouble with your flower beds!)
We don’t want to get too technical, but flowers produce solutes that can actually lower the freezing point in their cells. Some do it better than others, and this only works up until a certain point—around 20-degrees on average. If the temperature plunges any further, then the water flowing through your flower’s cells will most likely freeze and lead to an imminent death.
But don’t worry too much, there are a few ways to help your flowers fight the cold. For example, you can cover your blooms at night with a tarp or you could sprinkle water on the soil around its base. Hey, why not do both!?
Now, here are the six best winter flowers:
- Winter Jasmine
- English Primrose
- Witch Hazel
Pansies are anything but… well, pansies. Don’t let their slight stature fool you, because they can brave the cold like few other winter flowers can! If you happen to live in a place that only suffers from mild winters like the west coast, your pansies will easily make it through the winter—and will add a nice touch of color to your home or garden to boot!
When the cold weather rolls around each year, we have to say goodbye to those gorgeous and cheerful daisies populating our gardens. But… If you’re one of those people that spend the flower offseason longing for your delightful daisies, then luckily calendulas are here to make you feel a bit better. Their daisy-like appearance and rich colors are nothing short of charming. Just keep in mind that calendulas require full sun, whatever the temperature outside may be.
This type of jasmine is one of the few winter flowers out there that not only bloom in cooler months but actually thrive in less than ideal temperatures… I mean, “winter” is right there in the name after all. And trust us, their bright yellow blossoms peeking out from a snow-covered landscape is a sight not to be missed. Plant some and see for yourself!
Nicknamed the Christmas rose, hellebores can grow (and flaunt their incredible beauty) throughout the entire holiday season thanks to their deep-running root system. But just because hellebores are a winter flower that can withstand the frigid temperatures doesn’t mean they are impervious to harsh winter conditions. So make sure you give them cover from both strong winter winds and heavy snows, as each can cause their stems to bend and blooms to droop.
While other primroses need the sunshine of spring and summer, English primroses are the perfect choice to add a bit of flair to your winter garden. What’s best, they come in nearly every color under the sun, so your options to fight the miserable grey wintry vibes outside are nearly limitless. Don’t let those winter blues take hold!
So far, we’ve given you a host of winter flowers that come in a wide range of beautifully contrasting colors to the dull winter environment. But none of those make as marvelous of a statement set against the lackluster grays and white of winter quite like the fiery orange blooms of witch hazels. Once you see their spidery blossoms burning against snow, we guarantee you’ll be stopping for a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor.
As you can see, your garden or home doesn’t have to be lifeless during the winter months. In fact, these are just a few of the colorful winter flowers at your disposal.
And if you’re not all that interested in toughing it out in the cold to plant winter flowers, why not just purchase a beautiful Bouq online? At the Bouqs Co., we’ll send you an farm-fresh Bouq of flowers all year-round, including during those chilly months when leaving the house literally sounds like the worst idea ever.Shop All