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7 Colorful Flowers that Bloom in Winter

When the weather has been dark and dreary for months, you can count on these colorful flowers that bloom in winter to cheer you up!

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The cold winter months can be so dreary and drab, but that doesn’t mean your garden needs to be! Did you know that there are a variety of beautiful flowers that bloom in winter? Plant a few of these shrubs in your garden for a pop of color in gloomy weather!

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Flowering Quince

flowering quince

Description

This hardy shrub is almost indestructible, making it a great choice for your winter garden. Its beautiful red blooms and tiny red berries will add bright color in late winter before turning a deep green. You can find three different color varieties here.

Growth Habit

This lovely plant can grow up to 8 feet wide, so it’s sure to make an impact in your yard. Plant flowering quince as a hedge or along a fence to fill in bare spots. Older varieties can have thorns, so opt for the newer, gentler versions.

Care

Make sure the flowering quince gets plenty of sunlight throughout the day to ensure you get vibrant red blooms in winter. This plant is also reasonably drought-tolerant once it’s established, so you won’t need to pay much attention to it throughout the cold months.


Camellias

Camellia

Description

These lovely flowering plants will bring a little bit of tropical warmth to your landscape during the cold winter months. The camellia's beautiful blooms appear in the fall and winter and linger on the plant for a long time after showing. The flowers come in a variety of colors (check out all the options here), so you can choose the one that coordinates with the rest of your winter foliage.

Growth Habit

If planted properly, these lovely winter blooms will brighten your garden with minimal effort. They can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide, so make sure you have enough room for it to expand.

Care

Young shrubs should be planted slightly higher than the surrounding soil to allow for proper drainage. Be sure to water your newly planted Camellias regularly to ensure its roots are established as it grows. This plant prefers partial to full shade, making it a great option for the darker corners of your yard.


Winter Jasmine

winter jasmine

Description

The cheery flower of Winter Jasmine is one of the first to bloom in January! While it doesn't have the scent of the summer variety, it provides a welcome burst of color when the rest of the garden hibernates. It features white or yellow flowers on a shrub-like plant.

Growth Habit

Winter Jasmine can grow from 4 to 15 feet, and is perfect for hiding unsightly walls. It can be trained to grow up a trellis (you can find plans to make your own garden trellis here and here). Otherwise, it will spread out and act more like a groundcover.

Care

Plant Winter Jasmine in full sun for the brightest blooms. They require plenty of moisture, but well-drained soil to thrive. The stems will turn brown and produce less flowers over time, so trim off those branches to just above the ground to increase production.


Red Twig Dogwood

red twig dogwood

Description

This shrub is known for its lovely white spring flowers, but it really makes an impact in the winter with its branches. Especially dramatic against a snowy landscape, the stems of the Red Twig Dogwood (which are green in the spring and summer) turn bright red as the foliage falls off in the fall.

Growth Habit

While you may be familiar with the dogwood tree, which also features pretty white flowers, the Red Twig Dogwood never grows into a tree. Instead, it remains a large shrub up to 8 feet tall and wide. These shrubs make a huge impact when planted in groups, especially in erosion-prone areas.

Care

Giving them plenty of space to grow will allow the plants to flourish and reduce the likelihood of disease. To ensure your Red Twig Dogwood has brilliant red branches each winter, prune each shrub to remove older stems every year.


Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

Description

For beautiful, bright groundcover, choose Cotoneaster for your winter garden. This leafy evergreen plant produces lovely flowers in the spring and summer, as well as bright red berries throughout the cold months.

Growth Habit

This low-growing plant is perfect for accenting driveways, bordering your home’s foundation, decorating slopes, and even growing in pots.

Care

Cotoneaster grows well in full sun with well-drained soil and is drought-tolerant once established. To care for your Cotoneaster, mulch in spring and fall to reduce weed growth and water during prolonged dry spells. To contain this spreading plant, simply remove wayward branches by cutting the branch at the ground.


Witch Hazel

witch hazel

Description

While red seems to be a popular winter garden color, Witch Hazel stands out with its yellow and orange foliage. This pretty shrub offers lovely fall foliage and actually requires a winter freeze to reach full flowering toward the end of the season.

Growth Habit

In addition to its pretty spidery flowers, Witch Hazel also has a lovely fragrance, so it’s best appreciated when planted near a doorway or entry path. That way, you and your guests can enjoy the wonderful smell every time you enter your home this winter.

Care

It grows best in full sun and is virtually maintenance-free once established, though it does love water throughout the warm summer months.


Hellebore

hellebore

Description

Hellebore, also known as Lenten Rose, start blooming sometime in February and last through until spring. I have quite a few in my shade garden by the front door, and it always makes me smile to see the blooms come alive in late winter. Hellebore comes in many different colors and varieties, so you're sure to find one you'll want to add to your garden.

Growth Habit

These plants grow 12-24" tall and the leaves remain evergreen. Deer won't eat them, making them a great addition to a woodland garden. After a few years, you can divide them for even more plants!

Care

Hellebores love partial to full shade and rich, moist soil that is well draining, although they'll survive almost anywhere. Trim back the spent stems in late spring and clean up any dead leaves in the fall.


I hope this article helps you add some color to your garden during the colder months! There's nothing better than seeing these flowers that bloom in winter popping up from the cold ground!

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