What Flowers Bloom in February?

Though the typical bloom season that displays a wealth of color in flower gardens is spring, determining what flowers bloom in February will allow you to add color and interest to your garden during the winter season. Winter-blooming plants, according to the Oregon State University Extension Service, often come in long-lasting, aromatic varieties that can help liven up your winter garden.

Korean Rhododendron

Korean rhododendron (Rhododendron mucronulatum) is a flower that blooms in February. This deciduous, early-blooming flower displays bold rose or pink/purple flowers before displaying medium-green foliage that turns to yellow and red hues during autumn. Korean rhododendrons thrive in full sun to partial shade, prefer moist, well-drained soil and grow to a height of 4 to 8 feet. With a slow growth rate, Korean rhododendrons should be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 4b to 7, according to the NC State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Hybrid Witchhazel

Hybrid witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) flowers bloom in February, according to the Oregon State University Extension Service. This deciduous, early-blooming plant displays flowers in hues of yellow, orange or red that last into the spring season with green foliage that turns yellow or yellow-orange during autumn. Hybrid witchhazel thrives in full sun to partial shade, prefers moist, well-drained soil and grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet. With a slow/moderate growth rate, hybrid witchhazel should be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8, as recommended by the NC State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Helleborus

Helleborus plants (Helleborus orientalis), also referred to as Christmas rose or Lenten rose, display flowers that bloom in February, as explained by the University of Missouri Extension. This evergreen, early-blooming plant displays flowers in hues of pink, lavender and white with dark, glossy green foliage. Helleborus thrives in partial shade, prefers well-drained soil and grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches. With a slow growth rate, helleborus should be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8, according to the NC State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Fragrant Wintersweet

Fragrant wintersweet plants (Chimonanthus praecox) bloom in February, according to the Oregon State University Extension Service. This deciduous, aromatic, early-blooming plant displays flowers in yellow/white with purple centers through early spring with dark green foliage. Fragrant wintersweet thrives in full sun to partial shade, prefers well-drained soil and grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet. With a slow growth rate, fragrant wintersweet should be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 6b to 9, according to the NC State University Cooperative Extension Service.

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