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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!

Soil for Your Garden Bed

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Garden Soil West Jordan, Utah

A raised garden bed is a beautiful addition to any yard and can increase a home’s curb appeal dramatically. However, before you start planting and gardening, you need to consider what type of soil to use in these beds, and The Dirt Bag can help. Besides looking gorgeous, a huge perk of a raised garden bed is having complete control over the soil (and mulch in some cases). For those who have a yard with especially tough soil in which to grow vegetables and flowers, garden beds are even better. You don’t have to worry about dealing with clay soil, pollutants in the dirt, or any issues with tree roots. Great soil is the key to a healthy garden, so choosing the best topsoil for a gardening bed is a big decision.

Although you can get garden beds in various sizes, the best are usually between six and eight feet long, between three and four feet wide, and up to about one foot tall. This gives you the perfect dimensions to plant, weed, sow, and of course, you can do all of this from the comfort of the bedside. The soil in a bed stays loose and resists becoming hard-packed (particularly from footsteps which you no longer have to worry about). Before figuring out the kind of soil you want, you also need to consider how much you’ll need—and it’s always more than you think. Many gardeners opt for soil delivery (which is free at The Dirt Bag), but smaller beds may be able to get filled with bag purchases.

Fill ‘er Up with Soil

Gardeners who remove the bottom part of a raised bed might want to uproot the grass and flip it over. It will break down over time and also help reduce the amount of soil you’ll need to purchase. The exact best soil mix for you will vary based on your region and what you want to grow, but many gardeners choose a triple mix (topsoil, peat moss/black loam, and compost). A direct 50/50 variation is one of the most popular picks in the US, which blends topsoil with compost. It’s important to know exactly where your soil is coming from since you don’t want topsoil that’s been sitting for a long time with its nutrients leaking out (don’t worry—at The Dirt Bag, that’s never a problem).

Some other soil providers get their topsoil from various new subdivisions being built. This is low-quality soil that doesn’t belong in your garden. However, if you’re purchasing bags of topsoil, look for labels that say “organic vegetable” or “herb mix” that’s designed for growing veggies and flowers. You might want to fill your beds almost to the top with your customized mix, then top it with a bit of compost. Make sure your compost is also organic vegetable compost. If you don’t already create compost yourself, getting a raised garden bed is the perfect excuse to start. You can always top off your beds with your very own compost to help direct more nutrients into the soil. Find out more about soil and compost for raised beds by calling The Dirt Bag today.