Best Plants for Cool Season Color

Cool season flowers bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most. Where freezes are infrequent, you can plant cheery pansies, snapdragons, English daisies, and more from early fall through late winter. They'll overwinter, filling your borders, containers, and pocket gardens with months of flower power. In cold climates, plants will die off in winter but can be planted again in spring. Here are a few of our favorites:

Cyclamen - Few blooms say winter like cyclamen. Pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, rose, and red are carried atop an attractive clump of leaves. Flowers resemble shooting stars or butterflies. Give them part shade and regular water.




Cineraria - Made for the shade, florists' cineraria adds intense color to dark corners of the garden. Cineraria grows to 2 feet high and wide with daisies ranging in color from white to pink and purplish red to blue and purple. These plants need partial or full shade along with regular water and loose, rich soil. Discard after bloom, even where perennial.


Ornamental Kale - Giant rosettes of frilly leaves in lavender, rose, white, and creamy yellow make ornamental kales favorite additions to the winter garden. Because these showy cabbage relatives tolerate cold weather and can hold their brilliant color all the way into spring, they're ideal for display on porches, patios, or beside entryways, or for massing in garden beds. Plant kale as soon as possible so heads develop fully; the color will intensify in the cold. Plant in full sun or light shade.

Pansy - These low-growing plants (6 to 10 inches tall) with five-petaled flowers are top sellers year after year for good reason. They deliver lots of blooms over a long period, come in a huge range of colors ― both solids and bicolors ― and bloom through winter in much of the West.



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