When most of the landscape has died down for the season, many winter-blooming flowers emerge to light up the garden. Often, winter-blooming flowers are evergreen and keep their vibrant foliage color year-round. Grown in a wide variety of blooms colors, shapes and sizes, winter-blooming flowers provide warmth to the oftentimes colorless and dreary landscape.
Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Marginata') produces fragrant winter flowers that light up the garden with color. Growing up to 6 feet in height and 3 to 6 feet wide, winter Daphne has a moderate growth rate. As an evergreen, winter Daphne retains its vibrant foliage color throughout the year, including winter. The rose to pink buds on winter Daphne open to pure white blooms that contrasts with the variegated leaves. Each deep green leaf is edged with a thin strip of yellow, creating a contrasting display to the foliage. Winter Daphne is also a frost tolerant plant that withstands the cold climate of winter without sacrificing the brilliant flowers. They grow best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil that is alkaline to acidic in nature. Winter Daphne does not tolerate dry soil or transplanting. Plant winter Daphne in USDA zones 7 to 9.
Hellebore 'Double Queen' (Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen') is an evergreen, perennial flower that is suitable to grow in USDA zones 4 to 9. It has nodding-like double flower blooms that grow in white or varying shades of pink for a brilliant burst of color and texture to a winter landscape. Double queen hellebore are frost-tolerant and have the ability to bloom during snow when temperatures are below freezing. They have deep green, leather-like foliage that is glossy. Hellebore requires part to full shade and well-drained, humus-rich soil that is neutral to alkaline. To ensure a low blooming season and promote new leaf growth, cut back the flowering stems after the hellebore has bloomed.
Giant snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii) is a late winter-blooming flower that signals spring is on its way. It grows less than 6 inches tall and wide, making it an ideal flower to grow along the front of a flower border or bed. The white flowerheads on giant snowdrops appear to be nodding or bowing down to the garden. The broad bright green leaves on giant snowdrops are oval-shaped and help to create the clumping growth habit that giant snowdrop is known for. Giant snowdrop requires full sun to part shade and well-drained, moist soil to thrive. Plant giant snowdrop in USDA zones 3 to 9.