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Amazing flower garden ideas for fall and winter

Most people think of springtime as the ultimate floral season. Visions of new blossoms and brightly colored fields may come to mind. However, you don’t necessarily need to rule out a vibrant flower garden in the colder months. There are an abundance of flowers that not only grow but flourish during fall and winter. If your green thumb is itching for a little plant-based beauty as the trees are growing bare, you will revel in these possibilities. Let’s discuss which flowers you’ll love, and how to go about creating your Eden.

Fall flower list

Chrysanthemum flowers in bloom
  • Chrysanthemums. These vibrant and lush flowers can be planted in several colors, such as red, pink, orange, yellow, white, and peach. They can be grown to many sizes, from a few inches, to 2 feet across. So whether you are planning to grow yours in a plot or pot, there are options a-plenty.
  • Aster. Similar to the sweet-looking daisies of spring, these grow in shades of blue, pink, purple, and white. Asters are enjoyed by bees and butterflies in the fall, and they grow in delightful little clusters. This livens up a garden and brings a youthful tone to your collection.
  • Pansy. The possibilities with this small, artistic flower are incredibly varied. These little gems come in about every color you can imagine and grow in abundant bunches. Newer varieties give a trailing effect, which would be lovely in a hanging basket. Pansies are crowd favorites in the fall.
  • Dianthus. Stunning and indulgent, this textured flower boasts deep-colored petals with a rich, lovely scent. White, red, pink, and purple, the dianthus can grow tall and bush-like. They are more ideal for outdoor growth than as a potted plant.
  • Black-eyed Susan. What is autumn without a little drama? Golden-yellow, and a favorite for butterflies and bumblebees, black-eyed Susans can be paired with many other flowers for a well-rounded garden.

Winter flower list

  • Bush lily. This soft and delicate flower commonly grows in orange and yellow color blends. Long, tubular flowers with yellow tips peeking out the top give a pleasant diversity to more common flower types. Bush lilies can grow up to 20 inches tall.
  • Fragrant daphne. These sweet flowers deliver brilliant contrast between deep green leaves and glossy pink and purple petals. Though this variety can prove challenging to grow, the end result is well worth it. Daphnes grow in shrubs, making a pleasant border option for your garden plot.
  • Gorse. As sunny as they are charming, these bright beauties can illuminate even the dreariest winter. Sprawling branches with thorny leaves deliver a scent described as tropical with vanilla notes. Native to Europe, these soft flowers are among the easier winter varieties to grow.
  • Large blue hepatica. Part of the buttercup family, this stunning flower boasts a cheery sky-blue shade. A tufted center adds a bit of flair to layered petals. The hepatica adorns the garden floor and has roots in folklore as a healing plant.
  • Orchid. Perhaps the most famous winter flower, orchids are truly glorious to behold once they bloom. These flowers come in a variety of colors and provide a truly regal appearance. Often available at local nurseries, the orchid is exactly what your winter garden needs.
Orchids in bloom
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Choose your flowers wisely

If you have finished choosing a few flowers to adorn your garden in the cooler seasons, now it’s time to make a plan. Make sure that you account for the growth patterns of each type. Do they grow in bushes, stalks, or clusters? The more colors you can bring together, the more lively your plot will be. You might incorporate recent trends by adding a trellis or a few vegetables to the garden, as well. There are no limits to the number of layouts to try. As long as you have good soil and water, you are well on your way to a truly beautiful flower garden.

Plants change in shape, color, and variety just as the seasons do. All the garden ideas for your yard do not have to be limited when the weather turns cool. As long as you know which seeds to choose for fall and winter, you can plan and design a flower box to become a genuine masterpiece. From the pansies in the fall, to royal orchids in the winter, the only limit you have is your imagination.

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