Zone 6 winter plants

Winter-flowering plants for December

Though many plants are dormant over winter, there are some you can grow for their flowers in December.

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A great way to keep the garden looking fresh is by planting up winter containers. Garden centres will be selling a variety of winter-flowering plants to choose from. Need inspiration? Check out five of best winter containers for colour.

By growing winter-flowering plants, you’ll also benefit pollinators. On sunny days in particular, bees like buff-tailed bumblebees may emerge to feed.

Don’t forget to look at more ways to make your garden bee-friendly over winter.

Discover five of the best winter-flowering plants for December, below.

Clematis cirrhosa is a perennial climber with glossy, evergreen foliage.

Iris unguicularis

Commonly known as Algerian iris, Iris unguicularis is a winter and spring-flowering iris. The vivid lavender-coloured blooms exude a gentle fragrance, too. Tidy the foliage by pulling out old leaves.

Hyacinths

Hyacinths are bulbous perennials, often grown indoors for their fragrant blooms. Forced hyacinths can be grown to flower in December, after which they can be planted out in the garden.

Clematis cirrhosa

Clematis cirrhosa is a perennial climber with glossy, evergreen foliage. Flowers are usually a creamy colour, depending on the cultivar, and have a delicate citrus fragrance. As a group one clematis, they don’t need pruning, though this can be done lightly, straight after flowering, to restrict their size.

Helleborus x ericsmithii

Helleborus x ericsmithii is one of the first hellebores to emerge, doing so in midwinter and flowering until April. Cultivars to grow include ‘Emma’ and ‘Pirouette’.

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Heather

These small, evergreen shrubs are valued for the colour they bring to winter containers. Planted in the ground, heathers will gradually spread, inhibiting weeds as they go. Popular with bees.

Focus on topiary

Making the garden look presentable in winter can be tricky, so it’s worth considering planting topiary shapes to pull everything together. Dotting their neatly clipped forms amongst beds and borders will help to draw the eye away from the tired and untidy foliage of other plants.

Winter Flowers For Zone 6: What Are Some Hardy Flowers For Winter

If you’re like me, the charm of winter quickly wears off after Christmas. January, February and March can feel endless as you patiently wait for signs of spring. In mild hardiness zones winter blooming flowers can help cure the winter blues and let us know that spring isn’t too far away. Continue reading to learn more about winter blooming flowers in zone 6.

Winter Flowers for Zone 6 Climates

Zone 6 is a pretty medium climate in the United States, and winter temperatures don’t usually go below 0 to -10 degrees F. (-18 to -23 C.). Zone 6 gardeners can enjoy a nice mix of cold climate loving plants, as well as some warmer climate loving plants.

In zone 6, you also have a longer growing season in which to enjoy your plants. While northern gardeners are pretty much stuck with only houseplants to enjoy in winter, zone 6 gardeners may get blooms on winter hardy flowers as early as February.

What are Some Hardy Flowers for Winter?

Below is a list of winter blooming flowers and their bloom times in zone 6 gardens:

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), blooms begin February-March

Reticulated Iris (Iris reticulata), blooms begin March

Crocus (Crocus sp.), blooms begin February-March

Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen mirabile), blooms begin February-March

Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis), blooms begin February-March

Icelandic Poppy (Papaver nudicaule), blooms begin March

Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana), blooms begin February-March

Lentin Rose (Helleborus sp.), blooms begin February-March

Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), blooms begin February

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), blooms begin March

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis sp.), blooms begin February-March

Forsythia (Forsythia sp.), blooms begin February-March

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), blooms begin February

Winterhazel (Corylopsis sp.), blooms begin February- March

Winter flowering plants bring a blast of color to your yard and garden when you need it most – when the temperatures are really cold and not much is growing.

It’s cold outside for most of us in the USA, but that does not mean that we have to sit idly by and wait for spring to come before we can garden again. These winter flowering plants will brighten up your flower borders and patio planters with a splash of color.

I often turn to indoor plants during the winter to satisfy my need for gardening tasks, but some hardy winter plants will keep on growing, and even flowering right through the winter months.

Most of these outdoor winter plants do best in the southern part of the USA as well as California since it does not often freeze in these zones. Without freezing temps, you can have pretty winter flowers and foliage year round. Consider yourself lucky if you live in these zones.

Here in North Carolina, it’s touch and go each year with our weather. Some years, I have lots of color and others, when we get a lot of snow, not so much.

However, it is not just the Southern US where you can get color in winter. There are also some plants that are tucked into the list that will grow in other hardiness zones as well.

When to plant winter flowering plants

While the list of plants on this list is noted for their ability to bring color to the garden during the cool months, this does not mean that this is a good time to plant them.

All plants need acclimatizing to the temperatures, whether this is hot or cold and winter blooming plants are no exception. In most cases, plant these in late summer or through the fall months for best success.

This is particularly important for winter flowering bulbs like snowdrops which need a period of cold in order to bloom.

List of Winter Flowering Plants

Are you looking for some winter flowering plants and shrubs? Why not try one or two of these hardy plants to add color to your garden?

One of the earliest plants to flower (often in early January) is Winter Jasmine – jasminum nudiflorum. This pretty plant is a deciduous perennial that grows in zones 6-10.

The plant is a trailing, viny shrub that grows from a central crown. It is easy to grow and quite trouble free.

Camellias

At the top of my list of flowering winter plants is camellia – camellia japonica. This beautiful, long blooming perennial plant comes in a great range of colors and loves the southern climate.

I live in North Carolina and I have some in full bloom and other plants that are just covered with buds that will bloom in a few weeks. Bloom color ranges from whites to all shades of pink and reds.

Most camellias prefer shade to light shade with some protection from winter winds that can be quite drying at times. They are cold hardy in zones 7-9.

Holly bushes

Holly shrubs – ilex – are evergreen or deciduous plants that will add a lovely splash of color from their fruit, which is normally red.

This festive plant is associated with Christmas because of the colors and has waxy leaves and is very easy to grow and take care of. Check your hardiness zones on holly plants, since they can vary. Some are cold hardy down to zone 4 or lower.

It can be trimmed into a hedge, or left as a shrub. (shrubs will give more flowers since the growing tips will not be trimmed off like they will in a hedge.)

Lenten Rose

There is nothing quite like the sight of a lenten rose – hellebores – poking flowers up through the snow in mid winter.

Lenten rose plants will grace the garden with early-blooming flowers that are very long lasting, and striking dark, shiny green leaves.

They come in a variety of colors and are one of the few plants that my garden center offers in the winter. The plant has leathery evergreen leaves with rose like flowers that self sow readily.

See how to grow lenten rose here. The plants are cold hardy in zones 4-9

Cotoneaster

If you are looking for a leafy evergreen that you can depend of for a dazzling show of berries in the coldest days of winters, try growing cotoneaster.

Cotoneaster – Cotoneaster horizontalis – has a low growing habit that makes it an excellent ground cover. There are some varieties that also have an upright growing habit. It has deep green foliage and colorful berries that last right through the winter.

This perennial is cold hardy in zones 5 – 8.

Nandina

The birds dropped seeds for nandinas – nandina domestica – in my yard a few years ago and I was delighted to discover the the plant has evergreen foliage and bright red berries in the winter.

Nandina likes mild winters and is very easy to grow. Place the plants in front of a solid backdrop if you can to show off the berries.

The plant has long been a favorite in Southern gardens. It tolerates full shun and partial shade, moist or dry soil and needs little pampering. It will grow in zones 6-9.

More winter flowering plants and shrubs

Still looking for more ideas for winter blooming plants? Here are a few more suggestions for cold weather color.

Don’t forget to plant some snowdrop bulbs for winter color. Snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis – grow from bulbs and will return year after year. Be sure to plant them in the fall to give them the chilling period that they need in order to bloom.

Snowdrops are one of the first of the spring flowers to bloom. Depending on where you live, they can appear in February or March, often while the snow is still on the ground – giving the plant its common name. They are hardy in zones 3-7.

Flowering Kale

With their giant rosettes of frilly leaves, flowering kale is a favorite in the winter garden. The heads have creamy yellow, white and rose colored centers that really pop.

The plants can tolerate the cold weather well and the plants will keep their color all the way from fall until spring. They are ideal for display in porch planters that won’t grow much else when the weather is so cold. They will grow up to 1-2 feet tall.

Flowering kale likes full sun or part shade and needs regular watering and fertilizing in winter. Like the ornamental cabbage below, the plants can take winters down to a minus 5° F as long as they are gradually acclimatized to the temperatures.

Ornamental Cabbage

Like their cousin above, ornamental cabbage looks and grows very much like their relatives of edible cabbages and kale. The species has the same name – Brassica oleracea – but they aren’t as tasty and tender as the edible variety since the plants have been bred for their look, not their flavor.

The plants have a smooth leaf margin and lovely colors on the leaves. They are cool season plants that can take full sun or part shade and will grow all winter long.

Don’t forget annuals. Pansies are a low growing plant that is a top seller at garden centers in the cool weather for good reason. They bloom over a long period of time and come in a wide range of colors.

See my tips for growing pansies and some ideas for landscaping with them.

Many varieties will bloom right through the winter in the south and many areas of the western USA.

If you live where it rarely freezes, you’ll be greeted with winter flowers and the plant will overwinter to spring. In colder areas, they will die off in the fall but can be planted again in early spring.

Japanese Ornamental Quince

This woody shrub with thorny branches and cup shaped flowers will bloom in winter and very early spring. Japanese ornamental quince – chaenomeles – can be quite invasive, so growing it in a large planter might be a good option.

Also known as chaenomeles, this is a hardy woody shrub with thorny branches that bears cup-shaped flowers in winter and early spring.

The sweet fragrance of flowers and their fruit will attract birds, bees, and butterflies. The fruit is too hard to eat raw, but can be used to make jams and jellies. It is hardy in zone 5-9

The orange colored spidery blooms on this tree sprout in winter and add a colorful addition to an otherwise colorless yard. Witch hazel – hamamilis – will need room to grow, since the mature trees can reach 10-20 feet in size.

The tree is hardy in zone 3-8 and has fragrant flowers which will bloom from December to April depending on the variety. Some trees can take part shade but you’ll get better blooms with more sun exposure.

As the name suggests, the blooms of winter honeysuckle develop in the winter and have a lemony smell. Depending on your location, you can see flowers from November to April.

In moderate climates, winter honeysuckle needs very little protection from cold weather. The frost hardy species like Lonicera sempervirens can even withstand hard frosts and snow.

The plant is cold hardy in zones 4-8 and is quite low maintenance.

Dusty Miller

This cold hardy annual is grown not for its flowers but for the pretty light green foliage that really gives a pop of color to the landscape.

Dusty Miller – senecio cineraria can tolerate frost and is normally grown as an annual and then it is often discarded, but it’s January in my garden here in North Carolina and my plants are still going strong.

The plant is actually a herbaceous perennial in zones 8-10 and overwinters nicely.

Gardeners tend to think of Europe when the plant heather – Calluna vulgaris – is mentioned, since it is all but forgotten here in North American.

But this versatile plant provides color through each season and really makes an impact in a garden, so it’s worth a try.

If you have light snowfall, use mulch and pine branches to protect heather from the cold. Prune the plant in the winter, after blooming.

The plant is an evergreen branching shrub with flowers in many colors. It is cold hardy in zones 4-6 but there are some varieties that will grow in zones 3-10.

Winter flowering heather plants such as varieties of erica carnea are inexpensive, evergreen plants that provide color when the weather is the coldest.

Where to buy winter flowering plants

Many small local garden centers will close for the winter months, so it can be a challenge to get hardy varieties for your garden. Big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will keep a range of plants in stock (I bought several lenten rose varieties there one winter.)

There are also many online nurseries who will ship when the conditions are right in your area, and I have had good luck purchasing this way.

Amazon also has a number of established garden centers who sell plants through the Amazon platform. Be sure to read reviews, particularly if you are buying seeds from Amazon.

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Flowers & Seasons

The various climatic changes that occur in cyclic patterns are termed as ‘seasons’. There are four general seasons occurring on Earth – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Flowers & Seasons are intimately bound to each other. Most of the flowers are season – specific. Though some flowers are found throughout the year, there are some not particularly affected by changing seasons, viz., Alstromeria, Anthurium, Aster, Bourvardia, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Lily, Asiatic Lily.

Spring Flowers

Spring Time the time of growth and renewal of new plant and animal life. Spring comes at different times in the North and South Hemispheres.

Spring time in the Northern hemisphere is between March – May, and between September – November in the Southern hemisphere. Most flowering plants bloom during spring time. Therefore, flowers that bloom only during spring, Spring Flowers, bloom at different times in the two hemispheres.

Flowers Blooming in Spring are:

Summer Flowers

Summer is the time of hot and warm weather. Floral growth is best in the summer season. The Northern hemisphere experiences summer during June, July, and August, while in the Southern hemisphere, during December – February.

Summer is the season of the Midnight sun in the North pole and Ice land.

The Flowers Blooming in Summer are:

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Autumn Flowers

Autumn is the season of the primary harvest. Autumn falls during September – November in the Northern hemisphere, and during September – November in the Southern hemisphere. Crops are harvested during Autumn. Beautiful leaves that change color are at their best.

Flowers Blooming in Autumn are:

Winter Flowers

Winter is the season of cold weather. The season occurs during December – February in the Northern hemisphere. In the Southern hemisphere winter occurs during June – August.

The Flowers Blooming in Winter are:

Winter Flowers Guide

Whether bold and bright or pastel-colored and delicate, winter flowers are the perfect pick-me-ups for your home for the cold months.

Short Guide to Winter Flowers

Here is your ultimate guide to the ideal flowers to use during winter:

1. Lavender

Mediterranean in origin, lavender thrives in windswept conditions; one of the reasons they frequently flower in the winter months. Their bun shaped balls and sweet scent make them an ideal option for the home environment and their fresh and uplifting aroma is guaranteed to wake up any room in the household – even on the dullest of days!

2. Winter rose

This particular plant species is in fact not a rose at all. It’s a low ground cover boasting a series of shy, green and plum nodding flowers. They’re another great option for the home environment; some will choose to fashion a table centerpiece by floating the flowers in bowls brimming with water.

3. Carnations

Carnations can be found in a wide range of colours, including everything from pink to yellow. They boast a heritage that dates back almost 200 years which makes them an extremely symbolic flower. In fact, they were once used to decorate Greek ceremonial crowns.

Dark red carnations represent love and affection, whilst pink carnations are said to be the creation of the Virgin Mary’s tears. Whatever colour you choose, they’re a great bloom to brighten the place up on a cold winter’s day.

4. Evergreens

Evergreens are a popular option for wedding bouquets, especially in the winter months. Choosing flowers and plants that are in bloom at the time of your marriage is a great way to keep costs down.

5. Gerbera

Gerbera daisies can grow anywhere from Africa to South America and come in a wide variety of colours. The name suggests innocence and purity and a vase brimming with Gerbera’s will definitely bring a little winter cheer into your home. They also have a long vase life, which makes them ideal for offices and shop displays as you won’t have to buy new flowers every other day.

6. Cyclamen

Originating from the Mediterranean Basin, East Iran and Europe, these flowers are valued for their erratically patterned leaves and upswept petals. There are many species of this plant but Cyclamen persicum and coum tend to bloom best in winter. These flowers are available in white, purple and pink shades and when teamed with pinecones and holly they make a great festive centre piece.

7. Chrysanthemums

Often labelled ‘mums’ or ‘chrysanths’, these flowers are native to both north eastern Europe and Asia. Their leaves have jagged; tooth-like edges, whilst each plant boasts several flower heads in a white, red or yellow shade.

8. Fairy primrose

Another flower that blooms in the winter months is the fairy primrose – also known as primula obconica. These lacy white flowers appear tinged in lavender, pink, and magenta and unfortunately only last the one season, though they’re an ideal choice for those wishing to brighten up a dull space nonetheless.

9. Acacia

Also known as the whistling horn or the wattle, these genius shrubs which are native to Australia boast a series of small flowers with long stamens. Sometimes yellow, cream or purple, they are always accompanied by horizontal shaped leaves.

10. Paper daisy

This winter-flowering native boasts blue-grey foliage, complemented by yellow-centred papery white flower petals. Whether in the garden or the house, these starry white flowers make a particularly impressive display.

11. Daphne

A winter favourite for many flower enthusiasts, this sweet scented blossom originates from the hills of Japan and China. During the winter months it comes alive with an abundance of star-shaped, minute, pale-pink flowers and polished green leaves.

12. Hardenbergia

This popular flowering climber boasts vivid purple pea shaped flowers that are able to survive on the coldest of days. Certain species have white and pink flowers.

13. Snowdrops and snowflakes

These milky white flowers are often nicknamed snowflakes. Their nodding white heads wait until the winter months before popping through the forest floor. Snowdrops are one of many extremely hardy plant species – the cooler the weather – the longer they last!

14. Luculia

If you’re looking for a flower to fill your house with fragrance, Luculia is a great option. When bringing this flower indoors, many will crush the stems to make the plant last longer. Slender, rose-hued buds complement lustrous green leaves.

15. Woodland cyclamen

These particular flower species are able to survive for many months dormant. Come winter, they reveal a vision of mauve, white and red flowers. They’re also found in several sizes.

Cyclamen persicum has flowers shaped like angel wings which make them one of the most popular options for the home

16. Bergenia

Sprouting from robust wood-like stems, Bergenia has large, leathery dark-hued leaves that acquire warmer tones in the colder months. Each of the flowers boasts five bright pink petals which grow in clusters on long stems. Certain species flower in red, white and mauve shades.

17. Polyanthus

If you’re looking to add an injection of colour to your home this Christmas, a vase bursting with Polyanthus flowers is guaranteed to suffice. To prolong their lifespan, it’s recommended that you remove tired, dull flower heads as and when needed.

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It can be rather sad to see the blooms of summer fade. As your summer flowers die back and prepare for winter, plant some of these winter flowers to create color for otherwise dreary landscaping.

You can fill containers with winter-blooming annuals like pansies and violas, and plant perennials in the landscape for color that returns year after year.

Calendula

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Calendula, sometimes called the pot marigold, is well known among herbal circles. This beautiful plant blooms readily from late fall through the spring. You’ll see the most blooms in milder climates where the plant will bloom for the duration of winter.

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Blooms make excellent cut flowers that are long-lived in vases. The colors range from bright orange and yellow to softer shades of cream, buttery yellow, and soft orange. They bloom best in full sunlight with moderate watering. Calendula prefers well-drained soils.

Pansies

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Pansies are a perennial that is often planted as a winter annual. The pansy is a hybrid that resulted from crossing several species of violas. They can survive temperatures below 32 degrees and often keep green below those temperatures.

Pansies bloom well through the winter which is why they are so popular in garden centers and greenhouses at the end of fall. Pansies come in a wide variety of colors and color combinations. They can be used to cover summer-blooming bulbs or to fill containers. Rain can be hard on pansies, so keep that in mind when you’re choosing a location to plant them.

Primrose

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Most primrose varieties bloom in the spring and summer. However, the English, Chinese, and fairy primrose varieties bloom in the winter. For the best blooms in a colder climate, plant primroses in full sun. Plant them in partial shade if you live in a milder climate.

Primroses do best in containers under a cover to protect them from frost. This will also provide them light shade that helps them bloom the best. Primrose blooms come in almost every color imaginable: Blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, pink, and white are all readily available.

Winter Jasmine

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This plant is often confused with the early spring bloomer, forsythia. Winter jasmine has small yellow blooms that can be easily confused for those of the forsythia plant. This jasmine blooms earlier in the winter and prefers cold weather.

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Winter jasmine can be used as a climber or to spill over a wall. The plant naturally makes a heaping, trailing mound of vines and blooms that would be attractive on a terrace. The blooms are slowly opened over a 6 to 8-week period which means you’ll get beautiful yellow blooms for a large chunk of your winter. It’s an extremely easy, rapidly growing plant that blooms best in full sun but will do well in partial shade as well.

Viola

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Violas are exceptionally tough and can handle the cold winter weather with ease. They can be planted into beds or containers. Just make sure that wherever you plant them, they have full sun. Violas need consistent soil moisture. This is especially true for violas planted in containers. Check the soil regularly and water if it feels dry. Violas that get dry roots will quickly stop blooming.

Similar to pansies, violas come in many colors and color combinations. The Sorbet series violas are really pretty plants to grow over the winter. Many winter flowers will stretch and bolt if the weather becomes too warm, but the Sorbet violas don’t bolt and stay compact in size. Violas are also called johnny jump ups because of their ability to seed well. You may find that your violas reseed themselves for years after the original plants bloomed.

Snowdrops

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This flower from the amaryllis family is a winter beauty. They are cold-climate plants that will bloom through frigid temperatures and snow. There are two types of snowdrops commonly grown in landscapes: the giant and the common snowdrop. The common snowdrop will bloom in late winter snows and is smaller in size (4 to 8 inches). The giant snowdrop blooms after the common snowdrop and is a bit larger in size (8 to 10 inches).

Snowdrops have blooms that emerge at the end of a single stem and hang from the end like a teardrop, and all snowdrop blooms are white in color. Snowdrops are perennial bulb plants that prefer well-drained soil and partial shade. The edge of a wood line is an ideal place for them. Even though this is a bulb plant, don’t over separate them. Snowdrops bloom best when they are a little crowded.

Hellebore

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These Lenten roses may seem like a fickle plant, but they are quite hardy. Hellebore plants can even survive being buried in snow. They aren’t related to roses, and are actually close relatives of the buttercup. The name hellebore can be traced back to its use in ancient times when it was used as a purgative or even a poison. The plant is quite toxic but is not normally a hazard as the taste is terribly bitter and off-putting.

Hellebores have beautiful evergreen foliage that can add greenery to your flower beds. They will bloom in late winter and early spring. The blooms are long-lasting and can outlive the blooms of daffodils and buttercups. Plant hellebores in well-drained soils that are partially shaded. Many varieties produce white flowers, or flowers that are white or cream with a hint of green or pink.

Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel is a large, deciduous shrub that produces colorful and fragrant flowers in the winter. They are easy to care for as they are resistant to most diseases and pests. The blooms are shades of red, orange, and yellow. The bright blooms can add a fiery impact and light up a dreary landscape.

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Witch hazel prefers to be in full sun in colder climates and partial shade in warmer climates. At maturity, the shrub will be 10 to 20 feet tall and wide. You can prune it back to keep a smaller size once the blooms have died off. Pruning should be finished before summer to give the next year’s buds time to develop.

Sweet Alyssum

If protected from frost, this low growing plant can create a magical white carpet of fragrant flowers over the winter. Sweet Alyssum doesn’t tolerate heat well and if planted in the spring, will often die back in the summer only to re-emerge in the cooler fall weather.

In colder climates, plant them in full sun. In warmer climates, plant them in partial shade to protect them from the hot sun. The fragrant flowers are good self-seeders and will produce year after year. The clustered blooms can be white, pink, or purple. Prune the dead flowers to keep the plant blooming.

Winter Honeysuckle

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This bushy, deciduous shrub will add winter color and wonderful fragrance to your landscape. Winter honeysuckle blooms in late winter and delivers bunches of creamy white flowers along the stem. Another pop of color emerges after the blooms die back and are replaced by small red berries that mature in late spring and early summer.

Winter honeysuckle will spread easily but can be pruned back with consistency. They are easy to care for once established and are pretty maintenance free other than the occasional pruning. They will grow equally well in full sun or partial shade. This is a great plant to try propagating with either semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings.

Today’s post was written by Shelby DeVore, an avid gardener, former agriculture and greenhouse teacher, and the founder of Farminence. She shares 10 of her favorite plants to provide color in your winter landscape.

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