10 winter flowers to give your garden some colour

10 winter flowers to give your garden some colour

Posted 29th Jan 2018

Winter flowers will add a splash of colour to your garden just when you require them the most

There are a whole variety you can plant, from English daisies and snapdragons, to cherry pansies. This will fill your container with attractive flowers and, over winter, gives you amazing flower power.

If you're choosing to improve the colour of your garden during winter, it's crucial to learn about the different varieties.

Below is a simple list of the ten most amazing flowers you can grow:

1 Candytuft

Growing eight inches high and 12 inches wide, these narrow and shiny plants will look great all year round. The best varieties include Alexander's White, Autumnal, or Autumn Snow. These flowers bloom in both the autumn and spring, but require well-drained soil and shearing after thriving to stimulate the growth of new flowers.

2 Cineraria

This type of winter flowers creates an intense colour even in the dark corners of your garden. Growing up to two feet high, they have wide daisies which come in purple, pink, red and blue. They require the right shade and regular water, along with rich and loose soil.

3 Cyclamen

These flowers look like butterflies or shooting stars. Coming in shades of pink, white and red, they are viewed by some as the best flowers to grow in containers, as they are fantastic bedding plants. You can use the smaller and tougher plants for outdoor use, and you'll need to give them ample shade by keeping them out of direct sun light. Also, remember to water them regularly.

4 English daisies

Perky, plump English daisies make excellent edging plants. Add a few to your winter garden and you'll get a fantastic array of colours - the dark green leaves will be between one to two inches long, and they also create rosettes of around eight inches in width. However, the rose, red, white and pink flowers can grow up to six inches.

If you do plant them in your winter garden, you need to observe two crucial factors - water them regularly and expose them to enough shade, particularly in hot climates.

5 Erica

The plants of the Erica flowers will not be taller than six inches, but can rise to 10 feet when they're properly grown. They require extra drainage and good acidic soil, and you can even use sandy soil which is mixed with organic matter.

Water them continuously as they will typically dry up once they are left neglected. To do this, cut off or sheer faded spikes to flowers, but ensure you avoid pruning up to the bare wood, as new flowers may not appear.

6 Hellebores

Hellebore flowers are perfect for both spring and winter. Shaped into bells or cups, they will either face outwards or droop. Coming in different colours including green, white, pink and red, they should be planted with the right amount of organic matter, and in well-drained soils.

7 Iceland Poppy

These flowers come with tall stems but no leaves. You'll find they love 'dancing' in the breeze, and grow well once planted with other cold-season plants. They can reach almost two feet, producing pink, orange, salmon, rose, yellow or white flowers, and will require enough sun and constant watering.

8 The English Primrose

Most primroses will bloom during summer or spring - however, the English primrose would make a fine addition to your winter garden. Producing different colours, they can grow up to twelve inches high and nine inches wide. Just like other flowers, constant watering will be necessary.

9 Snapdragon

Snapdragon blooms perfectly in both winter and mild-winter climates, and comes in different colours. You'll find that some are having double flowers, bell shapes and even bloom like the Azaleas. To grow them correctly, expose them to lots of sunlight and constantly water them.

10 Stock

This is an old-fashioned breed of flowers which comes with narrow green and grey leaves. Plant different varieties of these as they come in numerous colours, such as pink, red, white, blue, cream and lavender. Almost three feet tall, they will be ten to sixteen inches wide. If you opt to use them in your garden, remember they'll need good sill drainage - it's even advisable to plant them in raised garden beds.

Text and images courtesy of Garden Benches

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