Winter Flowers To
Warm Your Garden

  • Will you have pretty flowers in your garden?
  • Cold but kind - find seasonal flowers with fragrance,
  • What you need to get outside & clear up snows.
Winter flowers are important to all gardens except perhaps those buried under snow for the whole season. You need never miss indoor flowers>>

Outdoors it's not only flowers - its leaf colour, berries, bark, and fragrance too - so if your garden is under the weather you should still find something to be cheerful about here.

But for those who prefer indoor life over winter, that surely starts with flowers and gifts. So you can brighten up your home during the dark days and festive season. You'll find more below for all those extra special days indoors - Flowers & Vases here...

Getting Out Into Your Garden Comes First

First, let me highlight a few essentials that will at least help you get out and admire your garden in the cold. Natural materials are still the best for warmth, while modern fabrics help with the wind and wet. You needn't even notice the cold. Take a look here to find a good winter jacket, gloves and fur-lined boots that will really help you enjoy the weather. Because I see many gardens that are worth getting out to view.

Out and around your home and garden, you may be faced with clear-up jobs. Although I don't like clearing snow when 'black-ice' may follow, snow can become slippy when compacted. So this link to snow blowers, and shovels should help. You'll also find anti-slip matting and other winter accessories to help you on the roads.
Heathers provide good winter flowers and rich color
Read more below about
flowering heathers
& evergreens VV.

To see a gradual & glorious change into the beauty of winter flowers -
page coming soon on autumn colors

  A Winter Garden Worth Getting Out To...

Now at least we can get out into the garden! - and I know that many of you won't even see a snowflake. So let me show you how your winter flowers could really put your garden at its best. 

We should really start in The Fall - as the light fades the garden color warms with rich autumn hues. Leaves and berries gracefully transform your garden into winter. Moving on... ...

Below you'll find attractive winter flowering plants to brighten your garden:

Autumn Crocus
Autumn Crocus Ghostly light pink petals born above pale stems Also known as 'Naked Ladies'

Crocus, Snow Drop, Winter Aconite, Hyacinth, & Narcissus are here.
  • Herbacious winter flowering perennial plants,
  • Winter flowering bulbs,
  • Winter flowering and winter berrying shrubs,
  • And fragrant flowers too.

Primroses in Winter
For the most handsome winter garden you should probably include a basic structure of evergreens see below.

Winter Flowers From Corms and Bulbs

In November a carpet of flowers will transform your garden landscape. From lawns to shrubberies, tree bases to the front of resting flower beds - most of the year they are hidden beneath ground, now they burst into life.

You can have carpets of Crocus flowers from October to April. The early bulbs need to be planted in August while the late winter flowering bulbs should be planted by late autumn in time to establish good roots.

Flowering carpets can include Colchicum (Autumn Crocus), plus Autumn, Winter, and Spring flowering varieties of Crocus.
Sep to Oct - Crocus kotchyanus,
Sep to Nov - Crocus pulchellus & Crocus sativus,
Oct - Crocus speciosus, and in a sunny site Crocus medius,
Oct to Nov - Crocus ochroleucus, and in Nov Crocus niveus,
Dec to Feb - Crocus imperati - find Crocus for your garden here.

A Colorful Carpet Of Winter Color

You can also brighten your winter garden with Winter Pansies, Primula Flowers, Violas, Winter Aconite Eranthus, Snowdrops Galanthus and Anemonies. Let them naturalise under trees and shrubs.
Primulas and Violas can be either reared in summer or bought in, and planted in autumn for outstanding winter color. Dead heading makes them last even longer. See more on containers below.
Find plants for Fall planting - Winter Pansies & Viola x wittrockiana plus Primroses and Winter container plants here.

Winter Feature Flowers

More individually impressive herbacious plants of the season include Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger which blooms from early winter to early spring. And Helleborus feotidus has large clusters of flowers from midwinter to midspring. Lenten Rose flowers in early spring.

Their finger like leaves combine well with the spikey divided leaves of the evergreen ferns such as Polystichum munitum or the Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides. The above enjoy a shady spot. Pulmonaria rubra is another shade lover flowering from midwinter to peak in May.  Find them all here. 

Another lovely January to February flower grown in drifts is Iris reticulata and Iris Danfordiae. Dwarf Iris are low growing flowers and ideal for rock gardens, gravel, wall pockets and the tops of banks. Choice varieties 'Katherine Hodgkin', 'Harmony', 'Joyce' and 'Purple Gem' or try a mixed grouping. Plant Dwarf Iris from late summer onwards - You'll find them here.

Winter Flowering Walls and Shrubs

Walls and trellis work can be adorned with color around Christmas time. There are several winter flowering shrubs that I can recommend:- they include -

  • Holly - Ilex - flowers in April but is the most iconic plant at christmas time for it's berries. Many hollies need both a male and female varieites for berries to grow. But to 'J C Van Tol' is self fertile. Evergreen variegated hollies are very attractive. Why not grow holly to make your own christmas wreaths?
  • Red Winter Berry - another Ilex shrub with stunningly attractive winter berries. Berries are a life-saver for hungry wild birds.
  • Snowberry - Symphoricarpos albus - has white or pink berries in late autumn and winter. Spreads by suckers - I grow it containerized.
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And you might also look for Viburnum for flowers, Garrya for spectacular catkins and Cornus for outstanding stems.
Find Flowers in Winter on Climbers and Shrubs here.

 Large Leaved Variegated Ivy's  - grow into spectacular winter walls and screens. Find more information below...
Majestic Mahonia has Attractive Scented Flowers

Winter Fragrance

Sweet Box - Sarcococca has become a popular plant for adding winter flower fragrance. There are several varieties that grow to different sizes. Plant it around your patio, windows and doorways to enjoy the scent.

Don't forget the beautiful and majestic   Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' or a similar variety... Check out Mahonia the flowers are scented. 

Daphne mezereum is yet another scented plant that appears later in winter. These plants may help friendly insects survive in your garden. Find even more fragrance in the section on evergreens below...
Rich Color Changes

Winter Warms when Heathers Glow

Heathers are an excellent evergreen ground cover that give you gorgeous color changes. Erica carnea foliage shades from green, to bronze and deep yellow. And December to May is the main flowering period for many Erica varieties: - see Erica × darleyensis 'Furzey', and Winter Heath Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby' and the lovely Erica carnea 'Rosalie'.

Photo from early autumn. Many of the heathers will have red, purple and white flowers from around Christmas.

Evergreens and  Evergolds 

You should use evergreens to provide a basic structure for your winter garden. These might be fragrant flowered evergreens like Sarcococca, heathers, or conifers...

You can choose Golden varieties of both large and small sized Conifers. They range in shape from tight pyramid or dome shapes, dropping or upturned branches to spreading ground cover. They add to the romance of a winter garden scene. Among other evergreens they give you contrasting highlights. Find more plants on this link.

Hedera helix 'Goldchild'

Hedera helix 'Glacier'

Evergreens with Variegated Foliage

Tough leaves with yellow and cream variegation will brighten your garden. They really stand out during the darker days. And frost hardy varieties of Ivy with large and variegated leaves make an impressive winter garden scene. The late scented flowers, if short-lived, are lovely in a bowl. Leave them in the garden to attract bees and hoverflies.

Variegated shrubs like Skimmia japonica have fragrant winter flowers and bright red berries from the year before. Others like green and gold Euonymus give contrast and cheer to the ground layer.
Find more plants on this link. 

Containers of Winter Flowers

Many of the smaller flowers mentioned above grow well in containers outside. And in winter they probably won't need watering. You can even bring outside containers and hanging baskets of winter hardy flowers that have been more fully developed in some warmth of a polytunnel, greenhouse or conservatory.

Narcissus and daffodil bulbs can be vertically stacked in containers to make a dense flower display. Find winter flowers from plants, seeds and bulbs on links below...

Help For Your Winter Clear-Up >> 
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  • Do you need help to clear your garden of winter snow and ice?

    Here are snow shovels and a range of Snow Blowers from a reliable supplier.

    Look out for 'Keep It Green' and find how to Melt Snow & Ice with Grit Spreaders on this link. Take care with your plants. But keep visitors to your home steady and safe.

    What about travelling around? Check the panel below...

    and be safe when you venture out to see the pretty winter scene.
Find   Warm Winter Clothes further below vvv. 

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