Monthly Archives: November 2020

Flowers that Bloom in Winter

Pink Christmas Rose Flowers Blooming in Winter
Pink Christmas Rose Flowers Blooming in Winter

Already looking forward to your spring garden? You don’t have to wait to enjoy pops of color in your yard because there are plenty of gorgeous flowers and plants that blossom in the winter months. Yes, it’s important to transition your garden—and that includes proper mulch placement—but these months don’t have to be all prep work. Consider planting some winter pansies, the gold standard for winter gardens.

Did you know that winter pansies can freeze solid and then thaw and get right back to growing and flowering? They are hyper-resilient and an excellent bedding plant this time of year. You can pair them with snapdragons, nemesia, or sweet alyssum for a stunning garden that will give your holiday decorations a run for their money.

All of these flowers are frost-tolerant and able to survive a Utah winter. However, if you’re in a region that tends to steadily deep freeze, you might want to move them to containers that you can move in and out of the house after autumn.

They Don’t Call it Christmas Rose for Nothing

Lenten rose (the Helleborus) is more often called the Christmas Rose and with good reason. This perennial flower has a penchant for blooming in winter months. You’ve probably seen it. It has beautiful dark green leaves that look leathery and stand up tall above the snow or your winter mulch. Some types of Christmas Rose can withstand Zone 3 winters, making them an excellent addition to your garden. They work well with virtually every other flower or decoration and look especially nice next to sweet woodruff and ferns.

The best part? Deer and moles don’t like the taste of the Christmas Rose. This means you can enjoy the opening of a rainbow of colors and shapes without having to ward off foragers (however, if you do have foragers after your other plants, sprinkling some curry powder on them fixes that problem). Once the Christmas Rose begins to wither, don’t remove the browning leaves until the blooms start to open. Dead leaves are a great source of winter protection to budding flowers.

Get to Planting

You can even find some bulbs that are made to bloom in the winter. This includes the aptly named snowdrop (Galanthus), which usually pops up in later winter to herald in the warmer months. It’s about the size of a dandelion and has the tenacity to get through snow and ice! Gardeners love these flowers because they are the harbinger for warmer months, and the white, bell blossoms are beauties. 

You might also like winter aconite, a winter flower similar in looks to a snowdrop. However, they have yellow blossoms for a pop of cheer. When planting these bulbs, keep in mind that they grow to be about six inches tall. Position all winter flowers where you can see them easily and take into consideration winter weather where you live. Planting them where you can take advantage of their beauty from the comfort of your windows is best.

The Dirt Bag is here to help you with more tips and recommendations for winter gardens—get in touch today!

Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Winter Preparation for your Garden

A little preparation goes a long way, especially when it comes to transitioning your garden for the winter. Everybody needs a plan for this transition. Keep in mind that the winter months are really about cleaning out any beds and removing the last of summer crops and plants that aren’t going to survive the winter months. If you take some time now to clean and prep your garden, you’ll have a much easier season come spring. If you can, cover and protect the soil once all old harvest has been removed.

Adding a layer of mulch right now, whether you buy it from a reputable source or use your autumn leaves, can provide an excellent buffer. You can follow this up with burlap right on top of the soil. It provides a much more appealing and natural look than plastic (though that works, too). If you choose to sow over your crop, you can create a beautiful green mulch that can be chopped directly into the soil for next spring’s compost.

Cover Up Your Garden

You’re not the only one who could use some extra layers this time of year. A cover crop mix is an excellent addition to your winter cover, and you can find it in bulk at The Dirt Bag. This often includes ingredients like rye, barley, favas, and vetch. In other words, it’s a tasty little treat for your garden that will keep it warm and happy as we brave the coldest months.

For those who miss the joys of gardening, there’s still plenty you can do! Did you know you can still plant garlic this time of year? Put single cloves 6 – 8 inches apart and make sure they’re “tips up.” Planting them two inches below the surface is ideal. You can also start collecting flower head seeds this time of year so you have seeds ready to go in a few months. However, be careful with this—seeds are very easy to drop and you certainly don’t want to get stuck weeding out hundreds of borage plants in the spring.

Composting Time

As you’re removing the spring and summer harvest, spend a little time reconsidering your compost strategy (or start one if you haven’t yet!). All annual plants can be composted, as can your berries, fruits, and veggies. This can be the perfect time to neaten up an existing composting pile, start binning compost to keep pests out or start your first composting journey.

You don’t want to remove perennial plants, of course. However, they would benefit from being cut back. Oregano, thyme, and sage are some of the most common perennial herbs that could use a little trimming this time of year. Cut off any areas that are brown, but don’t trim any new shoots. These plants can enjoy a slow growth during the winter months if you let them.

Ready to start your winter transition? Let us help! Contact The Dirt Bag for tips, recommendations, and the best products for winter gardening.