While many plants go dormant during the colder months, your garden doesn’t have to be brown and bare this winter. While the warmer months definitely take the cake for the most lush and vibrant gardens, your garden can still be full of color and life during the cooler months with winter-flowering plants. In today’s blog, our experts at Ray Hunter Florist & Garden in Southgate are going to share some of the most popular cool-season flowers planted in winter gardens across the U.S.
Heathers are evergreen branching shrubs that can bloom in both the summer and winter. Their beautiful colors vary from white, pink, purple, and red — keeping your garden colorful when it needs it most. These flowers are winter-tough and low maintenance — only needing good drainage and a little bit of sunshine (about half a day).
Cool and damp environments are where cyclamen thrive — making them the perfect addition to your winter garden. These gorgeous flowers come in white, red, rose, purple, and pink colors. Some even have a gorgeous thin white line around the edges of the petals for a one-of-a-kind look. These gorgeous flowers are a popular holiday house plant that are easy to grow and take care of.
Viburnums are evergreens and deciduous shrubs that are very adaptable and easy to grow. While most viburnums blossom during the spring, some species — such as the cranberry bush viburnum — can persist long into the winter. Their bright red berries are a beautiful addition to your garden — especially around the holidays.
Pansies are a cool-weather favorite. Their heart-shaped petals and bright yellow, orange, purple, red, and white colors are great for adding life to your garden during the coldest winter months. Frost is no match to these highly-favored flowers — they can even survive hard freezes. Pansies are a great addition to your winter garden because they grow and blossom all winter long.
Dogwood adds a beautiful rustic aesthetic to your garden year-round. Enjoy watching this tree blossom during the spring, its color change during the fall, and birds flocking to eat its fresh berries during the winter. Dogwood trees are typically planted in late fall and, once established, require minimal care. Watering your dogwood tree once a week should be sufficient enough to keep it flourishing for years to come.
When choosing what to plant in your winter garden, it’s important to consider your hardiness zone, as not all cool-season flowers and plants can survive in each climate. Speak with your local florist or nursery to determine what flowers and plants are best in your region.
Unsure what to plant in Southgate? Speak with a florist at Ray Hunter Florist & Garden. Our passionate and educated florists would be happy to discuss your vision for your winter garden and what we recommend planting for a colorful, lively, and thriving garden this winter — and next. Contact us today or visit us at our Southgate garden shop.