Winter Blooming Plants
Are the winter blues getting to you? Does everything seem dull and gray outside? Well, you haven’t to wait all the way until spring to enjoy some pretty awesome flowers this time of year. There are a couple of mid to late winter flowering plants that may put you in a better mood. First is Witch hazel. The hazels that are in bloom now through early spring are the Vernal, Chinese, and Japanese witch hazels. These shrubs have beautiful creamy, lemon-yellow flowers with strap-like petals and most plants are fragrant. They have a vase shaped growth form perfect for any garden area. Two cultivars recommended for this area are ‘Sunburst’ and ‘Primavera’; ‘Sunburst’ blooming into February and ‘Primavera’ blooming in early spring. Our native southern witch hazel blooms in the fall. Another plant of interest is Winter daphne or Daphne odora. This plant is definitely a showstopper in the winter landscape. It is noticeable for its extremely fragrant, tubular flowers and glossy green foliage. Winter daphne easily succumbs to root rot, so make sure to plant it in well-drained soil, preferably in a raised bed setting. This plant can grow in full sun, but providing moderate shade from the afternoon sun is beneficial.