How to Garden Flowers in Winter


If you live in an area that is not totally covered in snow all winter you can enjoy winter blooming flowers in your garden. Many varieties of plants have flowers that bloom in the winter, from shrubs like winter blooming jasmine, wintersweet, witch-hazel and sweet box to flowers like hellebores and snowdrops. Most winter blooming plants need mild winter weather in which to thrive, according to the University of Oregon.

Step 1

Plant winter blooming flowers and shrubs in the spring in order for them to be established by the time the next winter rolls around. Choose areas in your garden with good drainage and full to partial sun exposure. Dig a hole as deep as the plant's root ball and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole and fill it with soil.

Step 2

Add 3 to 5 inches of compost around the base of the winter blooming plants in the late summer to aid growth and improve the soil's condition.

Step 3

Fertilize your winter blooming plants in the fall before they flower with the proper fertilizer for their plant type. A regular flower fertilizer will work well in most cases.

Step 4

Water the ground around the winter blooming plants well in the late fall, before the first frost. Water until the ground is moist but not soaking. According to the Cornell University, this helps keep the ground warm.

Step 5

Mulch around the base of the winter blooming plants in late fall to keep the moisture in the ground and to add warmth to the plants.

Step 6

Cover your winter blooming plants with sheets or pillowcases on the coldest nights to protect them from any damage.

Step 7

Deadhead winter blooming plants once the flowers are spent. Prune any dead, damaged or diseased foliage off of winter blooming plants in the late spring so they have time to recuperate before the following winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or spade
  • Mulch
  • Compost
  • Fertilize
  • Sheets or pillowcases
  • Pruning shears


  • University of Tennessee: Arboretum Featured Plants - March
  • University of Oregon: Winter blooming flowers can brighten cold gray days
  • Cornell University: Cornell gardening resources Soil Basics
  • Cornell University: Understanding Frost
Keywords: gardening winter flowers, winter blooming plants, winter blooming flowers

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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.