Winter Colour

5 Flowers to Grow for Colour in Winter

Winter might be known for its cold and grey days, but that doesn't mean your garden has to follow suit. With the right selection of flowers, you can bring a splash of colour to your garden even in the chilliest months. If you're looking to brighten up your winter garden, here are five fantastic flowers you should consider growing.

1. Calendula (Art Shades)

Why Grow Calendula? Calendula, often referred to as pot marigold, is a winter gem. These bright, cheerful flowers come in various shades of yellow and orange, providing a sunny touch even on the gloomiest days. Plus, they’re super easy to grow and care for, making them perfect for beginners.

How to Grow: Calendula thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Sow the seeds directly in the garden or in pots. They usually germinate within 10-14 days. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and you’ll have a vibrant display of flowers in no time.

2. Pansy (Swiss Giants)

Why Grow Pansies? Pansies are a classic choice for winter gardens. With their bold and striking colours, including deep purples, bright yellows, and rich reds, they can add a festive feel to your garden. Pansies are also known for their hardy nature, withstanding frost and blooming throughout the colder months.

How to Grow: Plant pansies in well-drained soil with good exposure to sunlight. They prefer cooler temperatures, making them ideal for winter. Start with seedlings or sow the seeds directly. Regular watering is key, but be careful not to overwater.

3. Alyssum (Pastel Carpet Mixed)

Why Grow Alyssum? Alyssum is a delightful addition to any winter garden. Known for its sweet fragrance and delicate, tiny blooms, Alyssum can add a soft, pastel touch to your outdoor space. It’s great for borders, containers, and hanging baskets.

How to Grow: Alyssum prefers a sunny position but can tolerate partial shade. Sow the seeds thinly and cover them lightly with soil. They usually germinate in about 10-14 days. Keep the soil consistently moist, and you’ll enjoy their lovely scent and beautiful flowers all winter long.

4. Heartsease (ViJohnny Jump Up)

Why Grow Heartsease? Heartsease, also known as Johnny Jump Up, is a charming and colourful addition to any winter garden. These little flowers come in a variety of shades including purple, yellow, and white, often in striking combinations. They are hardy and can bring a cheerful splash of colour throughout the cold months.

How to Grow: Heartsease prefers a well-drained, sunny situation but can tolerate some shade. Sow the seeds thinly, about 3mm (1/8 inch) deep, in their final position. They typically germinate in 15-21 days. Thin out the seedlings to about 15-20cm (6-8in) apart. Regular watering and deadheading will keep them blooming beautifully.

5. Snapdragons ( Cheerio Mixed F2)

Why Grow Snapdragons? Snapdragons are known for their unique flower shapes and bright colours. They can bloom through the winter, providing tall, colourful spikes that add height and interest to your garden. The Cheerio Mixed variety offers a beautiful range of colours from soft pinks to vibrant reds.

How to Grow: Snapdragons prefer a sunny location and well-drained soil. Sow the seeds in pots or directly in the garden, keeping the soil lightly moist. They’ll start to germinate in 14-21 days. Regular deadheading can encourage more blooms throughout the season.

There you have it! Five stunning flowers that can bring a burst of colour to your garden during winter. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these flowers are easy to grow and will surely brighten up your cold months. So why wait? Get your hands on these seeds and start planting!

Ready to add a splash of colour to your winter garden? Head over to our store and grab your D.T Brown seed packets today. Let’s make this winter a colourful one!

Happy gardening!

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