Most people give up on their garden come October time as the leaves fall off the trees and most of the plants that they have tended over the past 6 months begin to wither. However, they don’t consider the potential of their winter flower patches. Many plants can give your garden a great look in the winter months, keeping the green look alive, and setting your garden up for huge spring flowering as the heat begins to come back.
The best plants to give your winter garden a splash of colour
The wallflower is one of the most traditional winter plants with many loving its fragrant bloom come springtime. Like most bedding plants there are a huge variety of colours with completely different scents and aesthetics to choose from. It is a flower suited for every environment and brings a versatile look to any flower bed.
Pansies are one of the most versatile plants that can be planted in a winter garden, providing the base of many people’s winter gardens. They are one of the most colourful flowers available through the winter months. Most plants simply stay green throughout winter waiting for spring to blossom, however, pansies can provide a vibrant and colourful display throughout any winter flower display. As well as being versatile in their ability to exist in many different areas, they are also available in a huge variety of colours including purples, blues, reds, and oranges.
Larger and woodier than the other plants and slightly less adaptable, the Japanese quince is a sturdy bush plant which can grow quite large over the winter to fill a good-sized pot on your patio or in your garden. During the winter months and going into spring it flowers with bright red cupped flowers covering the bare branches with a welcome splash of colour.
Bellis aren’t going to flower for the winter like pansies, however, they do have a very lush thick base providing real body to your bed or window pot. Come spring however they start to flower and stay open throughout the entirety of spring. Certain strains can give a huge and bright bush of pink domed flowers with splashes of white. These flowers are durable and represent great value as they are able to give your flower bed real body and vibrancy for many months.
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