Winter is season of cold weather but is also the time of joy and sending & receiving gifts due to the Christmas season. The season occurs during December – February in Northern hemisphere. In the Southern hemisphere winter occurs during June – august. The December time in the UK is a time of celebration with the plants becoming a big part of the event with the Christmas tree as the spectacle and wreaths for doors to bring about a warm welcoming!
Plants that flower in the winter add another season of interest to a garden. Most winter blooming plants are either shrubs or small trees, but some annuals and perennials can add color to dull gray days. An example of a small tree may be Witch hazel which is a shrubby tree with yellow flowers. It grows from 15 to 25 feet tall and wide in zones 4 to 9.
A large shrub could be that of Camellias which grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. They are evergreen with showy blooms of white, pink, red and combinations of these colors in autumn or winter, depending on the variety. Winter hazel has fragrant yellow flowers in March. Small Shrubs such as Mahonia is an evergreen shrub that has yellow flower spikes in December. It grows 2 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. Winter daphne has fragrant pink or purple flowers on bushes that are 3 to 5 feet tall and wide.
Perennials example could be the Helleborus plants are known as Lenten rose or Christmas rose, depending on the bloom time. They are small evergreen plants with cream, pink, purple or green flowers
Flowers blooming in winter are:
Acashia, Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Carnation, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Evergreens, Gerbera Daisy, Ginger, Helleborus, Holly berry, Lily, Asiatic Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, Narcissus, Orchid, Pansy, Pepperberry, Phlox, Protea, Queen Ann’s Lace, Roses, Star of Bethlehem, Statice.
Flower delivery in winter time is an important time for many florists with the nation in the mood and festive mood for buying gifts. It’s a great opportunity for an important time in the season for the floral industry.