Thursday, December 25, 2014

January and February Flowers and Flowering Plants

January and February gardening can be just as fun as any other season. Surprisingly there are many hardy plant choices of evergreens, trees, shrubs, vegetables and flowers that thrive in the months of January and February. Start the year with beautiful winter flowers and having a colorful garden all year long.

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Pansy. Pansies are winter hardy flowers that grow well in sunny or partially sunny areas and with well drained soil. These cold weather annuals can survive light freezes and short periods of snow cover even during their blooming period. This great winter flower works well for your outdoor planters which are sometimes left empty this time of year.

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Winter Jasmine. Winter jasmine has yellow blooms that begin to appear in the late winter month of February. This creeping vine look great climbing an arbor, trellis, or by using as ground cover during the long winter months and transitions nicely into the spring season as well.

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Snowdrop. Many of the species of snowdrop family can flower in the month of January. When naturalized in large groups, these white flowers have a great visual impact and can provide an illusion of a carpet of snow cover.

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Winter Honeysuckle. The delightful scent winter honeysuckle releases is a reminder that spring is just around the corner. Winter honeysuckle blooms mid to late winter and can be planted near sitting areas or in container gardens under windows that are often open.

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Glory-of-the Snow. Glory-of-the-snow requires a long winter to properly bloom their bright star shaped violet-blue tepals. These flowers thrive in colder climates, often appearing when snow is still on the ground.

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Winterberry Holly. Extremely cold hardy, the deciduous winterberry holly can be found growing in well drained soils around the home. Unlike other evergreen holly, the leaves fall off in the autumn, and bear the red berry fruit on display long into the winter. These berries are a great source of food for birds and deer during the cold season.

Other winter blooming flowers to consider growing are Camellias, Hellebores, Winter Daphne and Winter Iris.

During the coldest months of the year you can improve curb appeal by growing a lively winter flower garden. With spring around the corner, set the pace for the neighborhood by getting started early.

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