We don’t necessarily think of winter as the ideal season for gardening. This is particularly true if you live in a relatively cold part of the country.
However, while it is true that gardening tends to be an activity reserved for the warmer months, it’s still possible to do some gardening in the winter. Many flowers and plants actually bloom during this season. The following are a few examples to keep in mind!
Tip: Winter is also a good time of year to confirm you have all the lawn and garden equipment you need. Restock now to avoid realizing you’re missing certain essential tools and items when spring returns.
The crocus is a popular winter garden choice because of the way its distinct hues add color to what may otherwise be a drab landscape. Additionally, animals tend to have little interest in this flower, so you don’t have to worry about critters ruining your garden.
However, it’s a good idea to pay attention to weather forecasts if you decide you wish to plant crocuses this year. The best time to plant them is about six to eight weeks before a hard frost is expected to set in. You can plant the crocus in hardiness zones 3 to 8, making it a very flexible option geographically speaking.
If you’re a gardener, you may know that the majority of primrose varieties bloom in spring and summer. The Primrose is an exception.
It comes in a range of colors, allowing you to exercise your creative muscles when deciding where to plant them. Although they look beautiful in their own gardens, some prefer to plant them along pathways and driveways. The result is a delicate but colorful border. Like the crocus, the Primrose is also perfect for hardiness zones 3 to 8.
The Camellia is an evergreen shrub that blooms in winter and transforms your property into a colorful eye-catcher. The colors of this shrub often blend well with the whites and blues of winter, complementing their surroundings instead of masking them. It’s suitable for hardiness zones 7 to 9.
Winter Heath is another colorful option that is so winter-friendly it’s even capable of blooming beneath the snow cover. Plant it in hardiness zones 6 to 8.
Again, these are just a few options to keep in mind. With a little research and the right lawn tools (including convenient options such as a robotic lawn mower), you’ll find there’s no reason you need to give up gardening entirely during the winter season. While you may not want to plant many flowers or shrubs this time of year, you can tend to the various gorgeous plants that bloom when the colder weather arrives.
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