As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, winter-blooming flowers emerge to provide warmth and color to the garden. Winter flowers grow in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes to fit into any garden or landscape. Oftentimes, winter-blooming flowers are frost-tolerant and appear even amongst a hard snow or freeze. Tucked along a flowerbed or used a naturalized ground cover, they help to keep the off-season garden in bloom.
Hellebore (Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen'), also called Lenten rose, is a winter-blooming flower that grows in USDA zones 4 to 9. It grows up to 3 feet tall and wide and has a clumping growth habit that makes an ideal plant to grow along a border or flowerbed. Hellebore has 2-inch-wide, nodding-like, double flowerheads that come in pink and white. As an evergreen perennial, hellebore retains its foliage color throughout the winter to add a much-needed burst of color to the landscape. The oval-shaped, leather-like, deep-green foliage on hellebore is toothed and deer- and frost-resistant. Hellebore grows best in part to full shade and well-drained, moist and nutrient-rich soil that is neutral to alkaline.
Giant snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii) is a perennial bulb that shoots up through winters layer and during below-freezing temperatures to provide color to the garden. It grows less than 6 inches tall and wide and has a moderate growth rate. The white, nodding, bell-shaped flowers of the giant snowdrop are waxy and appear to be bowing down to the garden. The 4-inch-long green basal leaves on giant snowdrops are narrow and grow at the base of each plant. Giant snowdrop is frost-tolerant, blooms in late winter and is a signal that spring is on its way. They grow best in full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil that is nutrient-laden. Plant giant snowdrops in USDA zones 3 to 9.
Winter's Hope Camellia
Winter's hope camellia (Camellia 'Winter's Hope') is an evergreen shrub that is suitable to grow in USDA zones 6 to 9. It has a slow growth rate and spreading form and reaches a maximum height and width of 8 feet. As an evergreen, winter's hope camellia has the ability to retain its color throughout the winter. The 4-inch-wide, semi-double, white flowers on winter's hope camellia bloom in winter. It also features leather-like, glossy, dark-green oval leaves. Winter's hope camellia grows best in light shade and well-drained, moist soil.