Though I absolutely love the holiday season, I can’t help but get a little sad when the cold weather hits. It’s pretty tricky to grow plants in the freezing cold weather, is all! But did you know that there are some cold-hardy plants that bloom RIGHT in the middle of winter? You’ll love the color these winter blooming flowers bring to a winter garden. Keep reading below to learn about my absolute favorite winter blooming plants.
Winter Blooming Perennials
Camellia: These plants are incredible because they have GORGEOUS flowers that bloom every winter. While these plants are probably a little too cold for my neck of the woods, they are winter hardy in zones 7-9. Pick these up in a variety of colors to help you enjoy the winter months.
Witch Hazel: A perennial that is hardy in zones 5-9, the plant often blooms in the late Fall months. However, there are several varieties (Chinese and Japanese witch hazel being two of them!) that can bloom in the winter months. Plus, you can use this to make your own witch hazel extract.
Christmas Cactus: While that plant probably won’t survive in many growing regions outdoors, the Christmas cactus is a wonderful household plant. If cared for correctly, the plant puts out a showing of absolutely BEAUTIFUL blooms every Christmas on the dot. Just make sure it’s sitting in the dark from August-October so that it fully utilizes its resting period.
Primrose: These beautiful plants are a great way to liven up your yard from the winter blues come Spring. These pretty plants are hardy in zones as low as 3 and are often the first flowers to pop up during the final few weeks of winter in March.
Cyclamen: These plants can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees, so if you live in an area like that, a Cyclamen plant would be perfect. Typically, they bloom in mid-December and can put out an impressive showing for weeks at a time. However, this plant is NOT a perennial. It’s tricky to get this to rebloom again, so toss it and replant come October.
Phlox: This hardy perennial can take anything given to it, and often responds by putting out a showing of blooms all year long. However, though these plants might be extremely hardy, they can’t take temperatures lower than 40 degrees. This plant would be great if you worked in the South!