Summer and spring aren’t the only times for blooms. Winter flowers around your home and garden offer a cheerful winter wakeup, a refresh to an otherwise dark, cold weather season. “Adding fresh foliage to your home provides a sensory escape with lines and textures, instantly lifting your spirits, stimulating creativity, and offering warmth,” explains Matilda Reuter Engle, designer and proprietor at Middleburg Hospitality, who oversees Glenstone Gardens and Red Fox Inn & Tavern. In other words, flowers could help chase away winter blues.
Ushering in winter flowers can also keep homeowners connected to their gardens. Some of these flowers can be kept potted or planted outside to bask in the winter sun. You don’t have to be living in tropical climes to make them bloom outside, nor do you need to always be tending your garden with these early winter flowers.
For those who let their gardens hibernate, you can still bring some of the winter landscape indoors through pieces from the garden. For example, you can pepper bouquets with pieces of flowering shrubs. “Winter is a season of clean simplicity, and by designing with grand branches and statement pieces sourced from your surroundings you can create a look that is rooted in authenticity,” Engle says. Read on for all the best winter flower tips to help you start your own winter gardens.
What winter garden flowers are easier to grow?
True, the selection of winter-flowering plants is larger in warmer climates, but there are plenty of winter blooms that are great for a wide range of hardy climate zones. Not to mention, your local garden stores and florists can help suggest annual flowers for temporary bouquets. “Modern horticultural practices have brought distinct species to the forefront, including amaryllis, a tall-stemmed bloom with a large trumpet shape that comes in various colors,” Engle says. This plant is typically treated as a houseplant in partial shade or fun sun, but since it’s a perennial bulb, like daffodils, that can stay in the ground, you can grow it outside if you live in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10 and have frost-free, well-drained soil. Coming in cheerful red and white shades, the flower blooms every winter, making for a nice Christmas flower that can last through to late winter.