10 winter flowering plants for in and around your home

10 winter flowering plants for in and around your home

We’re accustomed to flowers being a welcome sign of spring, but some also bloom during the colder months of the year. There are many winter flowering plants that can provide colorful blooms inside and outside your home even when frost hits. Ready to choose your plants? Here are 10 expert picks that will provide beautiful foliage through the winter.

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Indoor winter flowering plants


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Schlumbergera or Christmas/Thanksgiving cactus is a small genus of forest cactus found in moist, somewhat shady areas of southeastern Brazil and prized during the holidays for its winter flowers. “They will thrive in bright indirect to medium indirect light and are not suitable for long periods of intense direct sunlight,” advises Paris Lallicata, plant expert at The Sill. “Water every one to two weeks, allowing the potting soil to dry at least halfway between waterings. They can benefit from higher humidity when in bloom, so if you have a humidifier, keep it nearby.


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One of the most popular winter flowering plants you’ll see around the holidays, poinsettias feature attractive bright red flowers that are actually specialized leaves known as bracts. “The true flowers of this species are actually the yellow petals in the middle,” Lalicata says. “Poinsettias will bloom well in medium to bright indirect light indoors, but are not suitable for direct sunlight unless the morning sun is from an east window. Water them every week or two, allowing the soil to dry between waterings, and they can tolerate moist Standard medium room.

African violet

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Another popular houseplant that is distinguished by its colorful flowers and its ability to bloom continuously for long periods of time. Lalicata advises keeping African violets in indirect light of medium brightness to direct sunlight in the morning for adequate growth and flowering because African violets kept in too low light will not flower. She recommends allowing the soil to dry out about halfway between waterings, and underwatering is usually best to avoid getting the leaves wet and causing crown rot. They can do well with normal room humidity but can benefit from higher humidity levels.

Phalaenopsis orchid

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Phalaenopsis orchids, also known as “moths” or “beginners,” have beautiful, long-lasting flowers that can decorate your home for up to 2-3 months under ideal care. “Growers can control their flowering cycle so you can always find an orchid blooming near you year-round, even in winter,” Lalicata says. “Orchids thrive in bright, indirect light, but can tolerate medium indirect light or direct morning sun from an east window. Water every one to two weeks, allowing the potting medium to dry between waterings. If kept in a pot Decorative, pour off excess water after watering.When repotting, use only orchid bark mix and not traditional potting mix.


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Cyclamen make great year-round houseplants with their beautiful foliage, but they are also loved for their colorful flowers that range from pink, purple, red and even white. Lalicata advises that cyclamen grows well in indirect light of medium brightness to direct sunlight in the morning for adequate growth, however it is not suitable for low light conditions such as a north window, an east window is most ideal or a slightly diffused west. “Allow the soil to dry about halfway between waterings, and avoid splashing water on the leaves,” she says.

Winter flowering plants outdoors


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Used to provide consistent structure and early color in the garden, broadleaf evergreen camellias come in enough different varieties to keep your garden in bloom every month of the year. “This shrub is low-maintenance and suitable for even the least experienced gardener,” says Jessica Mercer, senior content editor at PlantAddicts.com, a leading online plant retailer. “There are two main types of camellias, Camellia japonica And Camellia sasanqua With a few other types. Sasanko plants bloom from mid-fall to early winter (early to mid-season), while japonica plants bloom from mid-winter to spring (mid-to-late season). Hybrids and other species can vary in their flowering times.

Sea hellebore

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Gorgeous and reliable stars of the winter garden, hellebore is a long-lived plant. “Originally from Eurasia, Hellebore is often called either Christmas Roses or Lenten Roses because these species bloom close to the holidays with flowers that mimic single roses,” says Mercer. “These easy-care perennials prefer light to dappled shade and are hardy from USDA zones 5-9, usually with evergreen foliage.”


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Herbaceous perennials that make a bold statement, the flat blooms are the main attraction with overlapping petals in stunning shades of purple, white, yellow or red. “This hardy plant is a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 9, although there are many different cultivars, so check the variety before planting,” Mercer advises. “Many varieties do best in sun or partial shade, making this plant a favorite for low-light areas that need some colorful and elegant blooms.


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Low-maintenance early bloomers for shady gardens, primroses come in a range of different colors, including red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, white and pink. Primrose hardiness varies between cultivars, but typically you’ll find it is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8. “Primula prefers moist, slightly acidic soil, and lots of shade,” Mercer advises.

Winterberry holly

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Winterberry Holly has dark green leaves that are oval in shape and have serrated edges. “Female plants produce greenish-white flowers that give way to bright red berries,” says Mercer. “This is a deciduous shrub, and while the foliage falls in the fall, the berries stay in place all winter. Winterberry Holly plants need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, so plant them in full or partial.

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