13 Flowers That Bloom in Winter to Color Your Garden

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Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Winter is probably the time that most gardeners have most trouble with because there aren’t as many plants and flowers that bloom during this season. As such, gardens and backyards tend to look dreary and gloomier. But, with the best flowers that bloom in winter, you can fix all that!

Below, I’ll show you the different flowers that will blossom during this time of the year. Some are overflows from the fall, while others begin around the holidays. There are also those that fill in the months between January and March.

By using them together, you can keep your garden looking beautiful all year round.


Flowers That Bloom in Winter

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas are tall, delicate looking blooms that feature a subtle fragrance.

They can get to 10 feet high and are perfect if you want to add some height to your garden without it being overwhelming.

Sweet pea look their best when they’re grown together without getting overly thick or dense.

They love full sun and are hardy to zones 7 to 10. They also need well-draining soil.




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Stock flowers are beautiful to look at thanks to their unique looking blooms. This makes them a great choice for borders, edges and even delineating sections of your garden.

May people also use flowering stock for bouquets thanks to the lovely colors they have. You can choose from white, pink, purple, blue, yellow and red.

Make sure to position it somewhere it can get full sun as it needs this to grow at its best. I also likes moist, well-drained soil

Stock are hardy to zones 2 to 10 making them easy to grow all year round outdoor in almost every part of the country.




Hellebores are sometimes called Lenten Rose. They get this nickname because they bloom around the Lenten period. For the most part, these gorgeous flowers will blossom during mid to later winter.

That said, how early or late they bloom is actually affected by your locale’s climate.

In colder areas, they’ll often be a bit later in the winter and among the earliest to bloom in spring. But in warmer climates, they’ll be blossoming around Christmas.

Hellebores get to about 1 to 2 feet high and enjoy partial to full shade. This makes them perfect for shade gardens or for sections of your yard that don’t reeving a ton of sunlight.




Violas are lovely to look at from afar thanks to their multitude of colors. As you get closer, you’ll either get a bit freaked out by the tiny faces staring at you or marvel in their beauty.

Either way, these lovely flowers bloom during the colder season. And, while they begin to bloom in the fall, many will stay that way throughout the winter as well.

How long depends on the climate in your area.




Cyclamen are better known as houseplants. This is especially true during the holiday season as they’ll bloom during this time of year.

But, if you live in mild to cooler climates they do well as ground cover as well.

This makes them perfect for quickly filling out spaces in your garden or backyard to add some color to it.

Do note that they cannot tolerate temperatures that are below freezing. Thus, they’re better suited for winter gardens in zones 9 to 11.




If you want to add beautiful colors to your winter garden, consider primrose. There are over 500 different species around. And, tons of hybrids and cultivars as well.

They’re lovely colors also liven up wintertime which tends to be gloomier than other seasons of the year.

The one drawback is that they have short life spans. As such, you want to take full advantage of these short lived perennials whenever you can.

The best way to do this is to give them partial shade and well-draining soil.

Most primrose are likewise hardy to USDA zones 2 through 8. But, the hybrids are mostly limited to zones 5 to 7.




Snowdrops appear late in January all the way until March when the snow still fills the ground.

They are low growing plants that get only as high as 6 inches tall.

But, they’re easy to grow and will tolerate partial sun as well as full sun. They are not particular with soil so they’ll do well with little maintenance.

Due to their height, it is worth noting that they are toxic to humans and animals. Since their short stature makes them easy to young children and pets to ingest, they can be risky in areas of your yard when the kids, dogs or cats play.




Flowering Kale

Flowering Kale

Flowering Kale are also called ornamental cabbage. And, from the names you can tell that they’re better known for their looks that their flavor.

Thus, while they’re edible and resemble both kale and the cabbage, they don’t pack the same taste. As such, you don’t really see people eating them.

Instead, they’re unique looks is what makes them attractive gardening pieces.

The loveliest part of the plant is the purple-pink rosette on top which is similar to the other leaves except for its color.

And, like their close relatives, they are cool-season plants that enjoy partial to full shade.


Winter Jasmine

Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine is similar in some ways but different as well from its more popular white sibling the jasmine vine.

As the name suggests, it blooms in winter and features a yellow color. But, it doesn’t produce any scent which is a well-known characteristic of the more popular kind of jasmine.

Additionally, it is not a climber and behaves more like a shrub that an vine. Thus, you’ll need to provide some kind of support to hold it up.

Nevertheless, winter jasmines are a great addition to winter gardens or your backyard during this time of the year as they bring more color and life to it.

That said, you do need to wait until January before the shrub blossoms.




Camellia are popular garden beauties because they resemble roses.

And like roses, you also get a wide range of colors including red, pink, white, yellow and lavender.

Camellia tend to bloom during the winter or early in springtime depending on where you live.

This evergreen shrub enjoys part shade and will get to between 2 to 12 feet tall. Do provide it will rich, fertile soil with pH levels of 5.5 to 6.5 for optimum results.




Reds and yellows are amazing additions if you can find them for your garden during winter. Both colors tend to turn dreary winters into something more bright and jolly.

And winterberries will give you the beautiful red colors that your landscape sorely needs.

This deciduous shrub brings out amazing reds that kind of look like small red trees. They get to between 3 to 15 feet tall and enjoy soil with pH between 4.5 to 6.5. They do prefer medium to wet soil, which makes them different from other plants.


Glory of the Snow

Glory of the Snow

If you want more color to your snowy landscape, consider these beautiful bulbs.

Glory of the snow are aptly named for their ability to grow out of the cold snowy ground. They’re a better option to snowdrops if you want colors other than white.

Blue is the most popular color. But, these lovely low growing plants also come in white and pink variations.

That said, they only get to 6 inches tall as most.

Nevertheless, they’re amazing small flowers that will cover blank section of your yard.




Leucojum are also called spring snowflakes because they start to appear late in winter and early spring when snow still fills the ground.

They’re somewhat synchronized with snowdrops as far as then they start to show up. Thus, you can decorate your winter garden with these lovely beauties.

In addition to their gorgeous white down-facing blossoms, they also produce a lovely fragrance.

Leucojum are likewise easy to grow and don’t mind being near ponds and areas where some plants have a hard time growing.

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