Winter Hardy Flowers: 5 Beautiful Varieties

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:41 pm

There is a wide range of hardy flowers that you can use to decorate your balcony and garden even at low temperatures. We show you five beautiful specimens that can cope with cold.

Hardy flowers are flowers that bloom even or mainly in the cold winter months. If you want to enjoy a colorful garden or balcony all year round, it’s a good idea to combine winter and summer bloomers.

Winter Hardy Flowers: 5 Beautiful Varieties

Below, we’ll show you five hardy flowers that are sure to look great in your garden.

Hardy flower: the camellia

Camellia originates from East Asia and is a real beauty among hardy balcony plants. It blooms between January and April, during which time it gives off an intense fragrance.

If you want to plant it in your garden, you should find it a light to semi-shady location that is protected from the wind.

By the way, when you choose a variety, you should think about the insects in your garden. There are camellias with double and double flowers – for the sake of the insects, choose a variety with double flowers. Examples include the varieties ‘Spring’s Promise’ and ‘Winter’s Joy’.

For more tips on planting and caring for camellia, click here: Camellia: Care and planting tips for the hardy flower.

The snowdrop: The classic par excellence

Winter Hardy Flowers: 5 Beautiful Varieties

Defies even sub-zero temperatures: the horned violet

Winter Hardy Flowers: 5 Beautiful Varieties

With its enormous range of colors, the horned violet offers something for every taste. Whether purple, orange, yellow-black, pink or red-yellow – each color variant of the Viola cornuta has its own unique charm. But this is not the only reason why the flower, reminiscent of the pansy, is so popular: the horned violet blooms from March to October. Often, a second flowering period is added in the fall.

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The flower tolerates temperatures down to about minus 15 degrees Celsius, but stops flowering in frost.

Winter hardy flower: the Christmas rose

Winter Hardy Flowers: 5 Beautiful Varieties

Appropriate to its flowering time, the Christmas rose is also called snow rose. The flower is extremely robust and very easy to care for. Up to about minus 10 degrees Celsius it shows its bright white flowers.

Since the Christmas rose blooms around Christmas, it is one of the classic Christmas plants. The herbaceous plant can grow up to 30 centimeters high and 25 years old if it is in the right location.

Tip: If white flowers are not your taste, you can also find Christmas roses with pink flowers.

The Winterling: Sunny atmosphere in winter

Winter Hardy Flowers: 5 Beautiful Varieties

The winter lily blooms from February in sunny yellow. It has a very intense fragrance and is not deterred by temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius. The unfilled, open flowers attract bees and other insects and provide important pollen in the cold season.


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