Winter gardens are such a beautiful idea because they bring you color and fragrance during the cold winter months. Here in Houston, Texas, we are very lucky, because there are many stunning and easy to grow annuals that can be planted for winter blooming in your garden. If you are interested in having annuals that bloom all winter in your Houston, Texas garden, try some of the flowers below.
German Primrose. If you enjoy pastel blossoms of blue, pink, rose and white, these annuals are for you. Plant them in your Houston, Texas garden in the fall, where they will do best in morning or filtered sun, and also bright shade. They will bloom from November all the way through May. These annuals do well in containers, and are also great flowers for a mixed border or shade garden.
Fuchsia. Fuchsias don’t do well in the Houston, Texas summer, so make sure you plant these gorgeous flowers in your winter garden. The pink and white blooms will flower from January through May, and can take temperatures down to 35 degrees (after that cover them up.) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these annuals, and they do very well in containers. Make sure they receive partial sun or light shade in your Houston, Texas winter garden, and keep their soil moist.
Pansies. Another annual that will bring you a riot of color all winter. Plant them in full sun and these annuals will provide you with blue, orange, pink, purple, maroon, red, white, yellow and multicolor flowers from November through May. Plant them in October when the Houston, Texas weather begins to cool. These annuals need to be fertilized monthly, and look very pretty in containers or mixed borders.
Twinny Peach Snapdragon. Twinny Peach Snapdragons don’t have the same form of flower as most snapdragons (with petals that “snap” if you pinch them), but they have a pretty, double-butterfly shape. These are beautiful flowers for your Houston, Texas winter garden, blooming from the fall through early summer in apricot, orange, peach and yellow. These annuals can take the cold down to 25 degrees, and are also disease resistant. They do well in containers, and will also look pretty in a Houston, Texas mixed border.
Sweet Alyssum. Pink, purple and white flowers will bloom all winter, from October through April in your Houston, Texas garden. Plant them in full sun or partial shade, preferably in the fall, and make sure their soil has good drainage. These annuals do well in containers, and are another pretty flower for your mixed border.
Superbells Calibrachoa. These annuals are perfect for your winter garden, especially in a container or hanging basket. They come in colors that include pink, purple, red, yellow and multicolor, and prefer sun, or at least partial sun, in your Houston, Texas garden. These annuals have flowers that look like small petunias, and they will bring hummingbirds to your garden as well.
English Primrose. This is a lovely flower for your Houston, Texas winter garden, with multicolor blooms that begin in the fall and continue through spring. These annuals can take cold down to 15 degrees, and do best in partial to full shade. English Primroses are a great addition for winter flowers in your rock, shade and woodland gardens, and also do well in containers.
Petunias. These annuals will bloom from October through May, bringing colorful blossoms to your Houston, Texas garden all winter. Plant them in the fall in full sun to enjoy flowers of pink, purple, red, white and yellow. Petunias are hardy and will survive the winter without problems.