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Best plants for winter gardening

Updated on December 19, 2012

Top 5 picturesque plants of March

Winter is stepping away and gardeners are already expecting the warmer days to come. We all miss our work in a garden (at least I really do). But as long as the snow is still on the ground it is hard to find something beautiful outside. Nothing to dig..., nothing to care about.. :-). If you need inspiration and all seems to be dull and colorless here is my list of 5 winter flowering plants which may bring you joy in March.

1. Sorcococca. Sorcococca is also called a Christmas box, or sweet box and it is an evergreen plant. I do not have it myself and may be that is why I want it. In Ukraine I have never seen it anywhere at all. I looked for it in the net and found that it seems to be not very popular. May be someone can tell me why? It seems to be a good idea to have a plant which not only stays green all winter, but opens flowers in January and blossoms till middle of March!

1. Sarcococca
1. Sarcococca | Source

2.Cameliia. Absolutely gorgeous flowers! I have Camellia for 4 years. Last three winters it brings me much joy by opening dark-pink flowers in February- March. Unlike Sorcococca, camellia is a whimsy plant and it took some time to understand that a main secret of it is in a proper soil. I combined 50 % of peat + in equal shares perlite, vermiculite, fallen pine needles and some slightly acid soil. All this is necessary to get a well drained soil. This plant likes 40-50 degrees by Fahrenheit. If the temperature rises higher it will not blossom. I have it in a container. This year it brought me just a couple of flowers but last year I had more than two dozens of flower buds.

Camelia. My own photo.
Camelia. My own photo.

3. Hellebore or Christmas rose. This is a dream of a gardener. It tolerates snow and frost up to 21 F. In 2005 it was named a perennial plant of the year by the Perennial Plant Association. Hellebore is a very attractive plant and it is considered to be a longest-blooming shade perennial you can grow. This plant needs just several days with a temperature over 32 F and it blooms. If the temperature goes down and the first flowers are frozen, they will be substituted by new ones.

3. Helleborus
3. Helleborus | Source

4. Snowdrops. It is much more a flower of forests but more and more people plant it in gardens as well. To grow this winter flowering plant one should bear in mind that it likes a humid soil. Better of all it grows among shrubs. Last year my family specially went to forest to see snowdrops in natural surrounding. Snowdrops are very inspiring and spring seems to be not fare away when you watch them.

Snowdrops. The shot was in the forest in natural surrounding
Snowdrops. The shot was in the forest in natural surrounding

5. Dogwood trees. If you do not have any of the plants above, you can plant this picturesque bush. Its beauty is in vivid stem colour. It stays red all year around. In summer it flowers 3-4 times from June till September.

5. Dogwood tree
5. Dogwood tree

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very interesting Hub. I live in the south and we are lucky to see any snow at all. We have to look for plants that can endure the heat. So it is quite unusual to think about plants that can endure the cold and then bloom early in March. The photographs are just lovely and you did a good job with the descriptions. Welcome to HubPages. I am SHARING your Hub with my followers. :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very nice. I love snowdrops! What a lovely hub you have here! Thanks for sharing!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a beautiful hub! I didn't know about socococca as a blooming plant in winter. This is so interesting. Your photos are gorgeous and show these flowers beautifully. Thank you for sharing your "winter flowers" knowledge with us.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to phdast7 : Thank you for comment! The photoes are not all mine. I made photoes 2,4,5. Others were from the net.

      Too many plants this winter chilled out here. My next hub will be devoted to crocuses. Hope you like those photoes as well.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to unknown spy: Some snow drops in our garden is just an attempt to keep the feeling of joy and admiration which I had when I saw hundreds of them in a spring forest. THAT was really nice. Thank you for comment!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to suzettenaples: I ll tell you the truth- not all photoes are mine :-) I just do not have some of those plants descripted in a hub. Thank you for your comment!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Never really saw snowdrops. But i really love those tiny little white flowers. it's like snow dropping. :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Pavlo - The photographs were beautiful. Clever of you to mix your own photos with images from the net, I will look forward to your Hub on crocuses. :) Have a great week.

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      hi friend 5 years ago from India

      great hub

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to hi friend: thank you !

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Very nice hub Pavlo. Great information here. I think your English is amazing.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you for a comment! I am glad you read it.

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