Winter is my least favorite season. I hate being cold, I hate not being able to go outside or open a window, and I hate how dead everything looks. It’s just a major bummer! During the colder months, my yard basically just looks like a barren wasteland. The trees have no leaves, the grass is covered in frost, and all my flowers are dead or hibernating. I think it would definitely help my winter gloom if I was able to see something beautiful in my garden, instead of frozen dirt. I might try my hand at one of these plant ideas from John Riha at House Logic. They continue to bloom in winter, and give your yard some amazing color:
Flowering quince (Chaenomeles)- If you’ve got a black thumb, flowering quince is a good choice. Virtually indestructible, flowering quince tolerates climate extremes and neglect. (This sounds like the perfect plant for me, to be honest).
Snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii)- When most other plants are hiding away from winter’s chill, snowdrop is eager to get going.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) (This one is GORGEOUS! Pictured!)
Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)
Witch hazel (Hamamelis)- Fragrant in summer, witch hazel puts out clusters of spidery red-and-yellow flowers that blaze like little suns in the midst of winter.
Photo Credit: N. Houlihan