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.
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.
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.