Gardening Ideas for February

The cool temperatures and the dull, colorless month of February do not have to be without bright blooms and foliage. In fact, many plants and flowers thrive under the cold soil and outdoor temperatures of February. Thriving in harsh environments is no threat to many evergreen shrubs and flowers, and when planted among the garden, is a warm respite to winter.

Flower Containers

The frozen ground and low temperatures of February means planting in the soil is off limits. The next best thing to adding color to a February landscape is planting cool-season flowers in containers. Containers allow you to add your favorite plants and flowers around the garden, along the patio or flanking a front walkway. Because containers come in a rainbow of colors, the container itself is another decorative way to add color to the February landscape. Cool-weather flowers like hellebores and pansies are ideal February plants. Both thrive in cool soil temperatures while providing their vibrancy color to the landscape. With their nodding flowerheads that grow in pink, yellow, white or green, hellebore flowers are also evergreen and keep their bright foliage throughout the winter. Growing 1 to 3 feet wide and tall, hellebores clumping growth habit is ideal for a container. Pansies are also cool-season flowers that grow in a rainbow of colors. Their bright "faces" light up the container to add a burst of color to the February landscape.

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs are a garden staple for winter. They are the constant source of color to a typical gray garden landscape. Grown in dozens of varieties, each with a distinct shape and size, evergreen shrubs fit into any size garden. With their ability to keep their color and needles all year long, evergreen shrubs also produce blooms for an added burst of vibrancy to the garden. Camellia, a cool-season, evergreen shrub is stunning in the garden. Their dark green, leathery leaves and bright blooms light up the space. Growing 8 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide and in an upright pyramidal shape, the white, red or pink flowers provide much-need color to February. Another vibrant evergreen shrub is Indian hawthorn. Their irregular, mounded form and dark green leaves are striking in the February landscape. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide, Indian hawthorn bushes are drought-tolerant, making for a hardy winter shrub.


Mulch has the ability to keep well-established plants, bushes and flowers moist during February, while adding color and texture to the garden. Mulch also encourages healthy roots and prevents weeds from sprouting up in the garden. Made in a wide range of different materials, including shredded and cut bark, straw, hazelnut hulls, decomposed granite and tumbled sea glass, mulch creates a fresh, updated look to a February garden. Layered around the yard, mulch can be spread in whimsical patterns to create distinct waves and patterns around the plants. Sprinkled under the evergreen trees, mulch like chocolate mulch not only creates a nice contrast with the bright green plant but also creates a sweet scent to the garden.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in and and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and