Between the magic of the wintery, white snow and the brilliant shimmer of holiday lights, no wonder winter is the most wonderful time of the year! But when there's no snow, looking at the dead plants that come with the cold weather definitely doesn't help anyone feel the cheer that winter is supposed to bring. So here are a few tips for bringing some more cheer to your winter.
Take a cue from the Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridge, England https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-and-lode-mill/features/anglesey-abbeys-winter-garden. This garden is designed specifically with plants that bloom well during the wintertime. The long, meandering, path of the garden passes Scarlet Willow, Red-barked Dogwood, and Hellebore flowers.
Though any of these plants would bloom well in the Northern United States because of its similar latitude to the United Kingdom, we highly recommend you check out the Sarcococca plant. Known as the "Christmas Box," the Sarcococca originates in southeast Asia and western China, making it apt to withstand the cold. This bush-like plant grows red berries in the fall, which turn into beautiful white blooms in the winter. The leaves also stay green year-round!
Want something a little more traditional? Try a Japanese Yew! The Japanese Yew plant has the branches of fir tree and the berries of holly bushes, making it the perfect winter plant. Native to parts of Asia, the Yew can be started in a pot during the winter (try one of our Arianas!) and then transplanted to your garden in the spring to serve as an ornamental bush. Look around Hope College in Holland, Michigan for tips on how they can be used.
If you're looking for beautiful blooms inside your home, try an Aloe plant. Aloe plants thrive in dry conditions (a.k.a. the low-humidity areas provided by the colder weather). They should also be planted in a pot with proper drainage. (Try our Dura Cotta planter paired with a Terra Tray!) Place it in a bright spot of your home, water it heavily every two weeks, and watch it grow. The benefit of growing your own Aloe plant is that you can use the aloe it produces on your dry hands! Once it warms ups, you can place it outside during the summer.
The winter doesn't have to be a downer time in your garden! We hope these suggestions for both indoor and outdoor plants to liven up your winter spaces helps bring some cheer to your winter season.