Flowers for the Month of January
January, a cold and oftentimes colorless month, remains bright and bold with winter-blooming flowers and shrubs. Grown in a wide range of shapes, sizes and blooms, winter-blooming flowers help to provide warmth to the garden. Oftentimes, winter flowers are evergreen, meaning they retain their foliage throughout winter to provide a burst of vibrancy to the landscape. Tucked along a perennial bed or lining a garden path, January-blooming flowers are a staple of the winter garden.
Winter's Hope Camellia
Winter’s Hope camellia (Camellia "Winter's Hope") is an evergreen shrub with a slow growth rate and attractive blooms. It grows 8 feet tall and wide, making for an ideal specimen shrub to grow among the landscape. The 4-inch-wide, white, semi-double flowers on Winter’s Hope camellia emerge in fall to last into winter for a showy garden display. Winter’s Hope camellia has leather-like, oval-shaped dark green leaves that contrast with the pale blooms. They grow best in light shade and moist, well-drained soil. Plant Winter’s Hope camellia in USDA zones 6 to 9.
- January, a cold and oftentimes colorless month, remains bright and bold with winter-blooming flowers and shrubs.
- Winter’s Hope camellia (Camellia "Winter's Hope") is an evergreen shrub with a slow growth rate and attractive blooms.
Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus cvs.) is an evergreen perennial flower that has a clumping growth habit and moderate growth rate. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and, as an evergreen, retains its foliage color all year long, including winter. The nodding-like blooms on hellebore appear to be bowing down to the garden and come in a wide range of colors including white, pink, yellow, green and purple. Frost-tolerant, hellebore has the ability to bloom in below-freezing temperatures to keep the winter garden in bloom. Beginning in fall and lasting through the winter, the flowers provide a burst of color to the garden. The leather-like, dark green foliage on hellebore is shiny and helps to create the clump forming habit they are known for. Hellebore grows best in full to part shade and moist, well-drained soil that is humus-rich and neutral to alkaline. They are also tolerant of summer humidity and heat. Plant hellebore in USDA zones 4 to 9.
- Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus cvs.)
- The leather-like, dark green foliage on hellebore is shiny and helps to create the clump forming habit they are known for.
Winter daphne (Daphne odora "Marginata") blooms in winter to last into early spring. It grows 3 to 6 feet tall and wide and has a rounded form. Frost-tolerant, winter daphne withstands the cold of winter without sacrificing its fragrant pink flowers. As the pink flowers open, the buds turn pure white. Winter daphne has a moderate growth rate and is dramatic along a garden wall or planted near a back patio for its aromatic scent. The yellow-edged foliage on winter daphne is deep green and oval in shape. Winter daphne grows best in full sun to part shade and nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. It does not tolerate dry soil and resents being transplanted. Plant winter daphne in USDA zones 7 to 9.
- Winter daphne (Daphne odora "Marginata") blooms in winter to last into early spring.
- The yellow-edged foliage on winter daphne is deep green and oval in shape.
Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.