Since we moved into our house just over 4 years ago I’ve taken great pride in our garden. After living in a flat for nearly 8 years it was a privilege to have the extra outdoor space. Not only for the children, but for me too. Now I’m no gardening expert, but there is nothing more exciting than seeing new flowers blooming when each new season arrives. Winter is always hard when it comes to plants in the garden and I struggle to have a garden that flowers throughout the colder months
Now that winter is well and truly on its way, it is time to start thinking about our garden as it phases out of the summer period and goes into a fairly dormant winter. A lot of you probably think that not many plants survive or thrive in the winter, and you don’t often see much in the way of flowers apart from snowdrops in the space at this time of year, however there are more. Today we are going to take a look at some of the stuff you can plant in your garden this winter to add some colour and life to the space.
When we think of pansies we often think about them as being spring flowers and very much a sign of the warmer weather retuning, but actually pansies are a great example of a winter plant which will bloom all the way from autumn to the early spring. If you plant them this weekend they will be able to bloom and add colour to your garden all through the season and it will make your garden look stunning.
If you aren’t familiar with violas, they are basically like mini pansies and therefore they act in much the same way as the former. Viola plants product lots of cute little flowers and they are a very dainty plant to have in the space at this time of year. There are lots of different varieties of violas so you should pretty much be able to find something to suit any style and any garden space you have access to. These work really well in hanging baskets too so keep that in mind!
The primrose is one of those followers which seem to be a sign of the spring to come and they are the epitome of spring life, colour and delicacy. Of course these lovely flowers will grow more swiftly if you use a greenhouse such as one from South West greenhouses, however they are happy to stay in the cold too. This is a beautiful cottage flower which is a popular choice for gardens all over the world due to their diverse colours and pretty petals. If you plant these beauties in the early autumn you should gain some lovely flowers by early winter and these will last for pretty much the whole season depending on the variety and the conditions you use.
Polyanthus are similar style plants to primroses but they have umbels on top which is slightly different to primrose. You will need to think about planting these guys pretty soon and they will be ideal for your flower beds or borders to bring small bursts of beautiful colour and delicate shape for the winter period. These are another plant which work amazingly in window boxes and in hanging baskets outside the house.
Wallflowers are probably the easiest options to plant out of everything on our list in the winter. Whereas other plants will have certain preferences when it comes to light and soil, wallflowers really aren’t fussy at all and this means that they can pretty much be planted anywhere in the garden or in a window box if you prefer. If you plant these at the start of autumn you can get varieties which either flower during autumn or they will flower late winter coming into spring. You can have some fun with these plants and add them in several areas of the garden to really bring life and light to the space.
Sweet Williams are one of those flowers which are ideal for picking during the year and placing in a little vase in your kitchen, they have stiff stems and stunning g little flowers which come in a range of colours and give a beautiful scent. You can plant these in the autumn and they will grow and flower the following year towards the end of the summer, they have colour ranging from white to red to purple and are a beautiful addition to your garden space.
Perhaps the most infamous winter flower of all time, the snowdrop is a stunning, delicate little flower which looks exactly as it sounds. Even during the harsh frost and snow storms you will be able to find these little gems popping up all over your garden bringing a beautiful white flower with it. You can plant these bulbs in the ground anytime now and then they will start to flower during December and January when it is at its coldest.
Forget-me-nots are one of those plants where you are able to sow a small amount of seed and they will slowly spread throughout your bed bringing small blue, purple and pink flowers with them. They are super hardy and happy to thrive almost anywhere so when you plant these guys you shouldn’t have any problems with keeping them alive through the winter and early spring.