Winter is a season that, in temperate regions of the world, is cold. At many points the temperatures are so low that they force the plants to completely stop almost all their activities. But, even with these conditions, there are different species that flourish.
While there are not many winter flowersespecially if we compare them with those of spring or summer, they are enough to have a balcony or a garden full of color.
Winter Aconite (Winter)
The winter monkshood is a most curious plant: it reaches a height of up to 20 centimeters and has hairless green leaves. Its flowers are yellow, measure about 2 centimeters and appear in mid / late winter. To make it look more beautiful, it is advisable to plant it in groups in autumn; this way when it blooms it will attract more attention. Now, it is important that it is outside, in direct sun. Resists up to -18ºC.
Our camellias They are shrubs or small evergreen trees that can begin to bloom in winter and continue until early spring. Their height ranges between 1 and 10 meters in height, depending more than anything on where it is grown, because in pots they grow less than if they are in the ground. They bloom early, from late winter to spring, producing red, pink, or white flowers. They cannot lack light or acidic soil, with a pH between 4 and 6, because in alkaline soils their leaves turn yellow. They resist up to -2ºC.
Snowdrop (galanthus nivalis)
La snowdrop It is a small bulbous perennial, reaching only 15 centimeters in height when it blooms, something it does in winter. The leaves are linear and green, and its flowers are white with a green center. These are also small, about 2 centimeters, so to achieve a more beautiful effect it is advisable to plant many bulbs together, in a pot, planter or in the garden. Of course, you have to put them in a sunny place. But otherwise, it is a very hardy winter plant, able to withstand even snow. Supports up to -18ºC.
El cyclamen It is a lively plant that can be used to decorate the home during the colder months of the year. It reaches a height of 20 centimeters, with green leaves which have whitish nerves. Its flowers measure approximately 3 centimeters, and are lilac, white, yellow, pink or red. Depending on weather conditions, it will flower well into winter or early spring. It grows well in sunny places, with fertile soil. It resists cold and frost down to -18ºC.
Clivia (threatened slopes)
La clivia It is a rhizomatous plant with dark green tapered leaves. It reaches a height of 30 centimeters in height, and produces many suckers throughout its life. It blooms at the end of winter, when the frosts have passed, and it does so by producing one or more flower stems at the end of which orange or red flowers of about 2-3 centimeters sprout.. It is very grateful, but you have to keep it in the shade, and water it occasionally. It resists up to -2ºC without being damaged, but if your area is lower, you will have to protect it.
The chrysanthemums They are herbaceous plants that, depending on the species and the climate where they are grown, can live for only a few months or several years. For example, him Chrysanthemum morifolium it is perennial; on the other hand the Chrysanthemum indica it is annual. But apart from that, they all need the same care: lots of light, moderate watering and soil that drains the water well. What’s more, its flowers bloom from autumn to winter, and can be yellow, white or lilac.
Pansy flower (Viola x wittrockiana)
La flower It is one of the winter flowers that are most enjoyed when temperatures drop. It grows about 20 inches tall, and produces flowers that can be yellow, red, lilac, or white.. We recommend growing it in groups, either in planters or in the ground, to achieve a multicolored effect that will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention. But in any case, it is important that it is in direct sunlight and that it receives water from time to time.
Gordonia (Gordonia lasianthus)
Gordonia is an evergreen tree or sapling that reaches a height of between 10 and 20 meters. The leaves are green, leathery and bright green. Its flowers are white, about 10 centimeters in diameter, and appear when winter is ending. It needs a sunny place, and a slightly acidic soil. Resists up to -18ºC.
Hellebore (Helleborus niger)
El hellebore, also known as Christmas rose, is an outdoor winter plant that reaches a height of 50 centimeters. It has green palmate leaves, and white or pink flowers that sprout in winter. These are about 3-4 centimeters in diameterand they are very numerous. Therefore, it is a very ornamental variety, which needs a bright place to be well. Supports up to -15ºC.
Winter hydrangea (bergenia crassifolia)
La winter hydrangea It is a plant that lives for several years, and that grows up to 30 centimeters in height. It develops leaves with a round shape and green color, although they can turn reddish. The flowers emerge from a flower stalk in late winter, they are small and pink. It lives well outdoors throughout the year, in semi-shade, and is even capable of withstanding frosts down to -12ºC.
El hyacinth It is a bulbous that can flower in late winter and into early spring in mild climates. It is planted in autumn, in a sunny place with soil rich in organic matter. It grows up to 20 inches tall, and produces lilac or white spike flowers.. These are very fragrant, and it is possible to use them as a cut flower. Resists up to -18ºC.
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
El winter jasmine It is a shrub that you can use as a climbing plant in your flowering garden. It grows up to 6 meters in height, and has dark green leaves. Its flowers are yellow, measure 1-2 centimeters, and also sprout in winter. It needs direct sunlight, although it also grows in semi-shade. It resists frosts up to 14ºC.
El narcissus It is a bulbous plant that is planted in autumn so that its flowers sprout in winter. It reaches an approximate height of 20 centimeters, with a linear shape, and green, which contrasts very well with that of its flowers. Are are yellow, white, or orange. It is a small variety, which is perfect when planted in groups. Likewise, it is interesting to know that it resists up to 12ºC.
Butterfly orchid (Phalaenopsis)
La Phalaenopsis It is an epiphytic orchid that has large green leaves, which blooms from late winter to almost summer. Its flowers are pink, yellow or white, and they sprout when temperatures are mild or warm.. It is a bit demanding, since it needs a transparent plastic pot with holes in its base so that the roots can breathe and photosynthesize, a lot of light (but not direct), and moderate watering. Likewise, it is very important that you protect yourself from low temperatures, since it only resists up to 15ºC.
The Primula obconica It is a perennial plant, also called perennial, that reaches a height of 40 centimeters. It has somewhat fleshy and heart-shaped leaves, green in color, and lilac flowers with a diameter of 2 centimeters. These sprout from late winter to early spring, and can be grown outdoors as long as temperatures do not drop below -2ºC.
Which of these winter flowers do you like the most?