Plant These Flowers in Early Spring for Winter Blooms

You would like some landscape color in the cold drear of winter but wonder whether there are any flowers that bloom that late. Discover nine options that you plant in spring to provide you with winter blooms.

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Pieris Japonica

The buds on Pieris Japonica plants thrive in winter. They love the cooler months of temperate climates. Their blooms develop and being to produce in late fall, however they remain unopened until the very end of winter (February or early March). This is when they begin to produce coppery-pink clusters of urn-shaped flowers.


These beautiful flowering plants are native to the Mediterranean. They have a reputation for being hardy annuals that grow in the winter months in warmer climates. If it gets unusually cold -the leaves reward you with a deeper blue.

Kaffir Lily

The striking red flowers on this plant become common in late winter and early spring. They produce tall stalks that are delicately lined with leaves that produce bright blooms. They don't do very well in frosty conditions. The ideal climate for the Kafir Lily is temperate.

Sweet Alyssum

A light frost is no problem for these dainty flowers. Known as a medicine once believed to cure rabies, these hardy troopers are best suited for fall, winter, and even early spring. Delicate and beautiful, this is a perfect ground cover anywhere color is needed.


These are truly beautiful flowers. They range in color from white to pink and light pink, to a dark crimson. They can bloom continuously all the way through winter. You'll find your finest results will be in temperate climates. They need four to six hours of sunlight to produce the most flowers.


This hands down is one of winter's best scents. The highly fragrant flowers have few competitors where beauty and fragrance are concerned. A delightful climbing vine - this impressive flower has few downsides. The creamy-white flowers on this plant develop in the winter. They are packed with a lemony smell. In some areas these flowers will bloom from November through April.

Holly Bushes

You recognize these red berries from holiday decorations because they survive harsh winters and produce brightly colored red berry clusters in the coldest parts of the season. Remember that they are not edible. This bush will also deliver small white flowers come springtime.

Witch Hazel

This is a shaggy, spidery orange blossom that is prolific. It grows on a tree sprout in winter and creates clusters bunched together on branches. They are really hardy. Witch Hazel is always a welcome colorful addition to an otherwise white (thanks to you, snow) and brown backyard.


This is the special flower that goes by its nickname, the Christmas rose. It blooms during the darkest time of the year. It emerges just when everything else is frozen. It has a deep-reaching root system. Make sure you protect it from harsh winter winds. Look for Helebore blossoms in the early winter in warmer climates, and in late winter in colder climates.

How to Arrange Your Winter Bloomers 

Now that you have several flowers in mind, you’ll need to determine where to plant them and how to arrange them. You’ll need to consider not only the visual aspects but also what’s best for the flowers to thrive. Read our article on How to Arrange Flowers in a Flower Bed for details.