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Winter Flowers For Zone 6: What Are Some Hardy Flowers For Winter

Winter Flowers For Zone 6: What Are Some Hardy Flowers For Winter


By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

If you’re like me, the charm of winter quickly wears off after Christmas. January, February, and March can feel endless as you patiently wait for signs of spring. In mild hardiness zones winter blooming flowers can help cure the winter blues and let us know that spring isn’t too far away. Continue reading to learn more about winter blooming flowers in zone 6.

Winter Flowers for Zone 6 Climates

Zone 6 is a pretty medium climate in the United States and winter temperatures don’t usually go below 0 to -10 degrees F. (-18 to -23 C.). Zone 6 gardeners can enjoy a nice mix of cold climate loving plants, as well as some warmer climate loving plants.

In zone 6 you also have a longer growing season in which to enjoy your plants. While northern gardeners are pretty much stuck with only houseplants to enjoy in winter, zone 6 gardeners may get blooms on winter hardy flowers as early as February.

What are Some Hardy Flowers for Winter?

Below is a list of winter blooming flowers and their bloom times in zone 6 gardens:

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), blooms begin February-March

Reticulated Iris (Iris reticulata), blooms begin March

Crocus (Crocus sp.), blooms begin February-March

Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen mirabile), blooms begin February-March

Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis), blooms begin February-March

Icelandic Poppy (Papaver nudicaule), blooms begin March

Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana), blooms begin February-March

Lentin Rose (Helleborus sp.), blooms begin February-March

Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), blooms begin February

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), blooms begin March

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis sp.), blooms begin February-March

Forsythia (Forsythia sp.), blooms begin February-March

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), blooms begin February

Winterhazel (Corylopsis sp.), blooms begin February- March

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18 Winter Flowering Shrubs That Look Good In Winter Garden

These winter shrubs with their unusual textures, foliage, colors, fragrance, and flowers can beautify your garden. Some even decorate themselves with bright and vibrant berries.

1. Scarlet Firethorn

Botanical Name: Pyracantha coccinea

USDA Zones: 5-9

After flowering from late spring to mid-summer, it bears astonishing orange to scarlet colored edible berries in fall and winter. Depending on the cultivar, it can be evergreen or semi-evergreen. Growing to a height of 6-16 feet tall, this shrubby plant requires minimum care. You can grow them for a more natural look and winter interest.
‘Lalandei,’ ‘Mohave,’ and ‘Yukon Belle’ are some of the best varieties.

2. Wintersweet

Botanical Name: Chimonanthus praecox

USDA Zones: 7-9

The name justifies this shrub because of the sweet fragrance of the blooms that appears in the dormant winter season and early spring. The stems become leafless in winters, but bear start shaped flowers that have outer yellow and inner red purplish petals. The plant can grow up to 10 feet tall and requires a full sun location that is sheltered against the wind.

3. Higan Cherry (Winter Flowering Cherry)

Botanical Name: Prunus subhirtella

USDA Zones: 5-8

This small tree-like shrub can grow up to 6-9 meters (20-30 feet) tall. It blooms in fall, winter, or spring, depending on the climate. Flowers change from deep pink to pale pink with time and look so aesthetic, not only the flowers, but the foliage is also notable with serrated edges. This hardy cherry tree can withstand more cold and heat compared to other cherry trees.

4. Arrowwood ‘Dawn’

Botanical Name: Viburnum x bodnantense

USDA Zones: 5-9

It is a deciduous shrub with uniquely shaped oval leaves. The clustered pink flowers are scented and long-lasting and appear in the winter and early spring. Red, black, or blue-colored berries are followed up by the flowers. It’s perfect for garden borders or pathways because of the ease of planting and small and compact size of around 1.5-2.5 meters (5-8 feet).

5. Witch Hazel

Botanical Name: Hamamelis virginiana

USDA Zones: 3-9

The name alone is enough to pique up the interest of many gardeners. The yellow blooms of this plant spread an enticing fragrance in the surrounding in winters. Bizzare thin ribbons shape of the flowers also makes it stand out. If that is not enough, this shrub has many medicinal uses as well–treating insect bites, sunburn, and as an aftershave lotion. Check out some of its amazing benefits here!

6. Clematis Jingle Bells

Botanical Name: Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens

USDA Zones: 6-9

It’s an evergreen vining plant which flowers in winter and early springs. The recurved white to yellow petals with freckled red of nodding flowers steal the show in winters. Also, they spread a mildly sweet scent, which is definitely a mood enhancer. Fluffy seedheads follow up the flowers, which compliment the dark green foliage.

7. Paperbush

Botanical Name: Edgeworthia chrysantha

USDA Zones: 6-9

Cultivars: Snow Cream, Gold Rush, and John Bryant

This shrub shows huge clusters of tubular flowers in late winter to spring end and sometimes early summer, which contrasts with the impressive skeleton of stems. Canary colored, fragrant flowers are a treat to watch in the monotonous weather. The bark of this plant is used for making high-quality paper. Interesting, isn’t it?

8. Winter Daphne

Botanical Name: Daphne odora

USDA Zones: 7-9

The late-appearing blooms in late winter and spring spread intoxicating fragrance in the air. Small tubular-shaped clustered flowers adorn the simple dark green foliage. To enjoy the fragrance, place it near a wall, patio, or a deck. It can grow up to four feet tall and wide, an excellent option for container gardeners. There is also a variegated variety Marginata, which has yellow margined leaves.

9. Sweet Box

Botanical Name: Sarcococca confusa

USDA Zones: 6-10

If the glossy evergreen foliage is not enough, there are sweet honey-scented flowers that appear in winter and make this plant nostalgic. The compact structure and low height of around 4-5 feet of this shrub go well will the winter containers. It is also resistant to deer and rabbits.

10. Cold-Hardy Camellias

Botanical Name: Camellia C. oleifera (Hybrids)

USDA Zones: 6-9

Cultivars: Polar Ice, Winter’s charm, Snow Flurry, Winter’s Hope, Winter’s Rose and Winter’s Star

The beauty of magnificent blooming camellias is unparalleled. The blooms start to appear in the fall and last till the spring. Camellias were not much cold-tolerant earlier, but with the new hybrid varieties, they can tolerate low temperatures with success. Here is the list of some cold hardy camellias.

11. Siberian Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

USDA Zones: 6-9

Cultivars: Red Osier Dogwood, flowering dogwood, Kousa dogwood, pagoda dogwood, cornelian cherry dogwood, mountain dogwood, giant dogwood, midwinter fire dogwood

The amazing shrub for winter interest looks spectacular when it sheds all the leaves in the fall. Before falling, the foliage leaves us amazed with a glorious autumn shade. The stems turn to bright crimson color in winter, making it look beautiful in the backdrop of snow.

12. Honeysuckle ‘Winter Beauty’

Botanical Name: Lonicera x purpusi

USDA Zones: 5-9

It’s a deciduous shrub or climber with a bush-like growing habit. Intensely scented flowers that appear in mid-winter and continue till mid-spring are mood lifter because of the sweet aroma. Occasionally the creamy white flowers are succeeded by exotic red berries. You’ll also be providing a nectar source to bumblebees by planting them.

13. Mahonia Winter Sun

Botanical Name: Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’

USDA Zones: 7-9

In the dull, dead winters, the bright yellow blooms of this evergreen shrub look very cheerful. The upright prickly foliage that changes color with seasons enhances the ornamental quality of this plant. For an impressive effect, add them to the winter garden borders. It’s a winter-hardy shrub and can tolerate really low temperatures.

14. Winter Jasmine

Botanical Name: Jasminum nudiflorum

USDA Zones: 6-9

It stands out from other rivalry winter-blooming plants. Masses of bright yellow flowers appear on the slender branches from late winters to early spring. Most commonly, it’s grown as a wall shrub. As it makes a beautiful cut flower, you can brighten up the indoor space with it as well!

15. Winter Heath

Botanical Name: Erica carnea

USDA Zones: 5-7

This beautiful small shrub makes an excellent ground cover. It’s short and stout and grows only to about 6-12 inches. In the blooming season, it blooms so extensively that it covers the foliage. From a distance, it looks as if the ground is covered up by pink and purple colored carpet. Bees love the sweet nectar of the flowers!


Below is a list of flowers that will last through the winter for you to enjoy. Some may need plenty of sunshine, while others thrive in the shade. Plan ahead to enjoy these flowers in your winter garden!

Snapdragons grow flowers on long stems, which look great alone or mixed with other plants to add height to a border or container. They are frost resistant and easy to grow, making them great for beginners and winter gardening flowers.

Snapdragons come in a variety of colors and also make great cutting flowers for bouquets.


12 Colorful and Hardy Plants for a Vibrant Winter Garden

With a little planning, these gorgeous blooms will help bring some color back to your garden during the coldest months of the year.

While fall signals us that it's time to start preparing our gardens for winter's chilly temperatures, there are still plenty of beautiful blooms that can withstand the season ahead. Whether you're dreaming of vibrant violet blooms or rich green kale, a glorious winter garden is still possible without having to move to San Diego or Palm Beach.

With some careful planning, the following plants will make a lovely addition to your garden in the year's first few months when we are craving natural beauty and color. They'll make envy-inducing additions to your favorite winter flower arrangements that you can proudly display through the holidays and beyond. Check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones Map to ensure you're choosing the right plants for your local climate.

While this flower looks dainty, it can absolutely withstand winter's harsh temperatures. Plant these babies before the ground freezes—October in the Northern U.S. and November in the Southern U.S.—opting for a 'tricolor' or 'snow' variety for mid-to-late winter blooms.

Consider planting the jewel-toned Remembrance Crocus this year if you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9.

Naturally, the Christmas Rose, also known as a hellebore, is a fantastic plant to watch bloom through the winter. These flowers are best served for borders and patios where they will have protected, shady homes to flourish best and offer a warm welcome to guests.

We are eyeing the colorful Romantic Getaway Hellbore that blooms in late winter. This plant is best suited for those living in Zones 4-8.

These Instagram-beloved blooms are often used by floral designers but are less common in home gardens. However, these gorgeous flowers make a lively addition to your backyard blooms. They thrive best in the winter when grown in Zones 8-10 and receive full sun. We are loving this whimsical assortment of Ranunculus Asiaticus bulbs that is sure to bring a smile to your face every time to look out your window.

Holly is ultimate winter plant for spreading holiday cheer. Thankfully, this plant is ultra-hardy and can withstand harsh winter temperatures with the reward of white flowers in the spring. If you're looking to get that classic red-and-green look, you'll need to make sure you're planting a female variety—or a combination of male and female plants—as the female holly bushes are the only ones that produce berries.

We can't wait to try this Needlepoint variety of holly bushes that do best in Zones 7-9 but can handle colder zones with extra winter protection.

Slightly hardier than its fall counterpart, these dreamy blooms is ideal for gardeners looking to keep a colorful garden through the winter and into spring. The blooms can range from 1.5-5 inches across, with color varieties ranging from pure white to racing red.

We are swooning over this Professor Sargent variety that offers scarlet blooms from November to May for those in Zones 7-9.

Kaffir Lilies, also known as Flame Lillies, are a fun choice for a winter garden, as they have a tropical feel but don't need a tropical climate to thrive. The South African plant does best in temperate climates and will start to produce flowers in late winter. If you're looking for immediate gratification, it's best to buy mature Kaffir Lily plants, otherwise you may have to wait a few years for the initial bloom.

Kale and cabbage are some of the hardiest plants around, with some being able to withstand negative temperatures. Choosing an ornamental variety will bring some gorgeous color and texture to your garden, but if you want a vegetable you can use for salads and stews, you'll want to choose a different variety. The great news is, a little frost only makes them more flavorful.

Try out this stunning Ornamental Kale that will flourish in Zones 4-9. Make sure to surround these babies with some mulch to keep them thriving all winter long.

Most commonly known as bluebells, Scilla are the perfect low-maintenance flower for bringing serenity to your winter garden. These gorgeously hued blooms can thrive in Zones 2-10 and are ultra-durable.

Try out this Siberian variety that will do their best work in full or partial shade.

This perennial-favorite is sure to make a glorious addition to your winter garden or window boxes. These babies grow best in full sun to full shade and come in a vast array of colors—sunshine yellow to dramatic violet. Winter pansies are best suited for Zones 5-9 and can start showing blooms as early as December—perfect for welcoming your holiday guests!

We can't get enough of this deep blue Ullswater, a Swiss Giant Pansy, that offers early fall, winter, and spring blooms.

There seems to be so much joy and hope in these vibrant flowers, and we think they'll make a lovely addition to your winter garden for enjoying on the grayest of days. While you'll have to wait until February to enjoy this electric yellow bloom, Winter Aconites will pop up with the promise of spring in the air.

The Eranthis variety is one of the earliest varieties to flower, and it will make a cheery gift for those living in Zones 4-8.

It's not easy being green, except if you're Hosta. They thrive through cold temperatures and continue to grow bigger and better each year despite them. This plant comes in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes and can help even those living in Zone 3 create a lush, green garden through the coldest months.

Save a sunny spot for the Autumn Frost Hosta, which can handle Zones 3-9 and do well in big city environments where there is a lot of polluted air.

The Algerian Iris can start blooming as early as November and will bring a sweet scent to your garden all winter long. These blooms are in need of full sun so they can light up your flower beds and arrangements. They fare best in Zones 7-9.

Algerian Iris seeds can be difficult to find online, but your trusted local nursery can help you track them down.


19 Best Winter Flowers to Add Color to Your Garden

Yes, your snow-covered garden can bloom in winter!

Tired of winter? We hear you! You don't have to wait until spring for pretty flowers. A garden should display its charms year-round. Even during the coldest days of the year, you may be surprised to know that many annual flowers, perennials, and flowering shrubs don’t wait for spring to show off. Some hardy plants bloom before the snow has melted! In mild climates, many flower all winter long.

When planting shrubs and perennials in your garden, make sure the plant will survive in your USDA Hardiness Zone (check yours here). Then read plant descriptions and labels to give a plant what it needs, such as full sun, which is six or more hours of direct sun, or shade. Don't try to cheat because Mother Nature will have none of it! Pay attention to planting times too. Most winter bloomers, including bulbs, need put in the ground in the fall in order for you to enjoy them next winter. Winter-blooming shrubs are best planted in the spring or fall for a show next winter. Now, make your list from our favorite winter flowers so you can plan a spectacular garden that shines in every season.


Canna Lily (Canna)

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Canna lily isn't a true lily (genus, Lilium), but its flowers have all the flamboyance we associate with classic lilies. The Tropicanna type gives you the bonus of variegated leaves. Canna grows from a rhizome. A sub-tropical and tropical plant, you will have to dig the rhizomes in fall to overwinter them indoors in zone 7. Canna can reach as much as six feet in height, tall enough to function (in mass) as a summertime hedge or as the backdrop for shorter plants.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 11
  • Color Varieties: Orange, red, yellow
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Needs: Well-drained, evenly moist, enriched with humus


Flowers That Bloom in Winter

Fill your outdoor spaces with flowers that bloom in cold weather. Some of these bloomers can even start inside before shifting outdoors.

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Give your landscape a boost of color courtesy of flowers that bloom in winter. In much of the country, winter is the garden’s quiet season, and even a brief flourish of bloom is a welcome sight. In warmer regions, the list of flowers that bloom in winter embraces plants that can toss open blooms from December to spring.

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Winter pansies are cold weather all-stars. These cheery winter blooming flowers can freeze solid and emerge from that state ready to grow and flower. Other bedding plant flowers that grow in winter include nemesia, snapdragon, sweet alyssum and flowering stock. Count on these frost-tolerant bloomers to bring color to winter landscapes in regions with warmer winters. In colder regions where winter keeps the landscape in a steady deep freeze, draft these flowers to fill fall containers and planting beds with strong color.

Lenten rose or Christmas rose (Helleborus) is a perennial flower that blooms in winter. Leathery, dark green leaves stand umbrella-like above winter mulch or snow. Most hybrids survive to Zone 5, but the hardy Helleborus niger withstands even Zone 3 winters. Lenten rose makes a perfect addition to a woodland garden or part shade border, blending artfully with ferns and sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum).

Deer and voles turn up their noses to Lenten roses, and flowers open in a rainbow of hues and forms. In warmer zones, expect blooms in January in colder regions, it could be February to March. Don’t remove old leaves until blooms are ready to open. Those dead leaves provide winter protection to fragile flower buds.

There are a few bulbs that are winter blooming flowers. Dainty and delicate, snowdrops (Galanthus) are true spring harbingers. No bigger than a dandelion, they bravely push through snow and even ice to grace the garden with their dangling white bell blooms. These bulbs are hardy in Zones 3 to 7 and make their appearance as early as February in Zone 6.

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is another winter blooming flower that grows from a bulb. Like snowdrop, this tiny bulb bloomer often appears among late-winter snows, opening bright green leaves topped with cheery yellow blossoms. Plants top out at 6 inches tall. This bulb appears before crocus, typically in February in Zone 7. Winter aconite is hardy in Zones 3 to 7.

When placing flowers that bloom in winter in the landscape, focus on positioning them where you will see them. Think about the weather during your region’s winter. Except in the warmest zones, you’ll most likely spend the colder months indoors, so plant winter blooming flowers where you can easily see them from indoors.

Tuck annuals like winter pansies, sweet alyssum and nemesia into containers near entrances and on patios. Short bulb bloomers like snowdrops and winter aconite are a natural fit for planting beds along walkways. Taller perennials, like lenten rose, are also best viewed up close and personal. Plant them in beds where you can easily see them, such as on the way to the garage or near the door you use most.


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