February is oftentimes cold and dreary but the landscape doesn't have to be. In fact, many perennial flowers emerge during winter to brighten up the landscape with their colorful blooms. Perennial flowers provide a burst of vibrancy to a winter garden and often last through spring. Winter-blooming flower bulbs come back each year to provide a long-lasting landscape presence. Once established, they provide constant beauty to landscapes like a perennial bed or border.
A hardy perennial flower that blooms in February, the hellebore brightens up gray, winter landscapes. Hellebore flowers are evergreen, meaning they retain their vibrant foliage all year long. They grow 1 to 3 feet high and wide and have a clumplike growth habit. Hellebore leaves are dark green and shiny to contrast with the bright flower blooms. The flowers on the hellebore grow in a wide variety of colors, including, pink, white, yellow, purple and green. Nestled along perennial garden or under a favorite shade tree, hellebore blooms are in bloom through March. Hellebores are hardy and even amidst a hard snow, shoot up through winter's layer. Their frost-tolerant ability makes them a gardening must. Hellebore requires well-drained soils that are nutrient-laden and neutral to alkaline. They prefer moderate to light shade but are tolerant of heat and humidity. Promote new growth by cutting back the flowers after they bloom. Hellebores can also be divided after flowering to spread to other areas of the garden. Plant in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9.
Snowdrops begin their emergence in mid- to late winter, when most other plants are dormant. As they shoot up through the snow, they are the first sign that spring is approaching. Snowdrops have a moderate growth rate and clumplike form. They are short perennial bulbs that grow less than 6 inches tall and wide. Ideal along a front flower bed or nestled within containers, snowdrop flower heads appear to be nodding over with their white blooms. Snowdrops require full sun to partial shade and well-drained, moist soil to thrive. Snowdrops require a planting depth at least three times the height of each bulb. Plant in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8.
Glory-of-the-snow, a hardy, winter-blooming flower, emerges in winter with its brightly colored blooms. Flower blooms on glory-of-the-snow resemble a hyacinth bloom and grow in a variety of colors, including blue, pink, white and purple. Quick-spreading and frost-tolerant, this perennial bulb grows 4 to 6 inches tall and lasts throughout the winter and into spring. Glory-of-the-snow requires full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Low-growing, these hardy blooms are ideal tucked along a flower container. Grow in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7.