There are plenty of plants that bloom brilliantly in the coldest of months, perfect for brightening up your garden while the rest lays dormant.
Here are some plants that will brighten up your garden this Winter:
Winter Jasmine: Flowers: November to March
A popular and trustworthy shrub, the Winter Jasmine is a bright yellow flower that appears amid Winter. It is usually grown as a climber and can be trained easily with wires or trellis against walls.
If planting to climb against a wall or fence, plant approximately 15 cm from the wall, adding a cane to provide support. Add a spade full of manure or home-made compost and water. Regular pruning will help keep the shape and control bare patches.
Christmas Rose: Flowers: January to March
House the Christmas Rose in a border or basket, in a sheltered sunny spot and watch the large white flowers blossom.
Ensure you add lots of leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole and water once the leaves start to droop. Cut the old leaves back in January or February as this will display the new emerging flowers to best effect.
Daphne: Flowers: February to March
Daphne’s blossom large clusters of mauve-pink flowers that shine from mid-winter into early spring. They are fantastic for small gardens and perfect for planting in window boxes, large containers, or mixed borders.
You should plant daphne’s in well-draining soils, in an area of dappled shade. Only prune when needed, and do not cut into the main stem of the plant; beware of over watering.
Snowdrop: Flowers: January to March
Snowdrops can be the first flowers to bloom in the new year and live happily under trees and shrubs. They are reminder that spring is on its away, flowering ahead of daffodils and bluebells.
You should plant them in a partly shaded position in a moist, but well-drained soil with garden compost.
Violas: Flowers: October to April
They may look small and delicate, but Violas are tough enough to survive frost and still bloom throughout Winter. To get the best from Violas, plant them in pots, window boxes and flowerbeds.
Don’t allow the compost to get waterlogged. Make sure the container your Violas are growing in has a lot of drainage holes in the bottom so the water can escape. Also, to keep your Violas thriving through Winter, promptly cut off the old flowerheads that have faded.
Winter Pansies: Flowers: November to March
Pansies are large colourful flowers, that are typically grown as annual bedding plants. They add a splash of colour to your garden when there is little else in the Winter months.
Ensure they are facing the sun to help them thrive. For your pansies to bloom for a longer period, cut out the flower heads that’ve finished blooming; this will help new buds grow.
Winter Aconites: Flowers: February to March
Winter Aconites are great for brightening up a Winter garden. However, they are sensitive to warmth and will remain tightly shut and only open if the temperature is right (roughly 10c).
Plant them in a sunny position around the lawn or under a deciduous tree. They also pair well with Snowdrops!
Cyclamen: Flowers: January to April
Cyclamens are ideal for planting under trees or in a shady border and planted alongside other woodland plants, such as Snowdrops or Winter Aconites. They are versatile, low maintenance and robust.
Ensure you plant in well-draining soil but do not plant to deeply or they may not flower. Water regularly.