Winter flower garden landscaping so that you have a beautiful-looking garden. Tending to your garden during winter also helps gardeners prepare in advance for the spring and summer months.
Winter Flower Garden Landscaping
During the winter season landscaping with evergreen and other hardy plants can create an attractive and enjoyable garden. Check out this post on some of the best winter flowering plants.
Many people might think that it is too late to begin landscaping and planting gardens for the upcoming summer months, but there are many options available to those who wish to continue gardening activities through the winter.
Snow may cover parts of the landscape and make it difficult for some people to enjoy their yards, but the dry soils and the cooler temperatures enable homeowners to prune trees and shrubs, plant flowers and do other garden tasks without worrying about damage from exposure to heat or moisture.
Organic materials such as leaves, grass clippings, and pine straw can be turned into compost with a compost bin. Turning organic materials into compost allows the nutrients to remain in the garden.
Compost is very beneficial for flower gardening, as it adds nutrients and material to the soil that promote root growth and healthier plants.
If you can’t spread compost because of frozen ground, wait until conditions are favorable so the ingredients don’t all break down before they are added to the garden.
You should also prepare the flower bed by removing dead flowers and leaves, adding fertilizer to enrich the soil, and pulling weeds so they won’t compete with newly planted seedlings for water and nutrients.
Organic mulches such as straw, pine needles or other plant material can be placed on top of flower beds before new flowers are planted to help beautify the yard during the winter months.
New mulches such as wood chips, which will decompose over time and add organic material to the soil, can be placed around trees and shrubs.
An alternative mulch is the cocoa shell or coffee bean mulch that will eventually break down and provide nitrogen for plant growth.
Landscaping cotton burrs may also be used as a natural mulch and they will provide some insulation to the root systems during colder weather.
Cocoa shell mulch will need to be replaced after a few years because it breaks down very slowly and becomes ineffective.
Rocks can also be used as mulches around trees and other plants, but they should not be piled around the trunk of the tree due to the risk of injury.
For those requiring living mulches, winter-blooming pansies are available at many home and garden centers.
They can tolerate cold weather but should not be exposed to frost or ice.
Winter Flower Planting
Winter is a good time to plant perennials because the soil will not be as crowded with weeds or grass, making it easier for plants to take root.
Flowers are generally planted in early spring when temperatures are warmer, but it’s possible to transplant flowers from another spot in your yard or a greenhouse to the garden bed after the soil has thawed.
Watering is usually not necessary for newly planted winter flowers, but you should check the area every day to be sure that nothing is drying out.
If you want to think ahead, evergreen vines such as ivy, which thrives in shade, may be put on trellises to provide needed winter coverage for structures.
Perennials can also be divided during the winter season to create more plants for spring and summer use.
Soil amendments such as gypsum can be added to the soil, and lawn grass may need to be aerated if the soil becomes compacted over time.
In order to prepare for cold weather, winterizing plants that are sensitive require some preparation.
Bulbs and other root crops left in the ground will produce flowers when warm weather returns later in the year.
Cultivated pansy varieties include ‘Frosty Forest’ that will flower profusely in the fall and ‘Tahitian Cloud’ that will flower early in the spring.
Jade plants and other succulents that require little water may be good additions to a winter landscape plan.
Winter Flower Pruning and Deadheading
You can also prune and shape deciduous trees and shrubs during the winter while they are dormant.
Pruning can help dead or damaged limbs and branches to grow more attractive, full, and healthy foliage.
Cutting away bark near the perimeters of trees can also remove diseased portions that might spread throughout the entire tree if left untreated.
Winter flowering plants should be trimmed back before the first frost, and the foliage will die down over winter.
The plants can be removed if they do not provide enough color or interest, or dormant plants may remain in the ground to provide spring blooms.
Winter Flower Garden Care
Some gardeners don’t prioritize caring for their gardens during winter. They prefer to wait until the winter season passes.
However, getting some work done during winter helps you prepare in advance for the upcoming season.
Although not all flowers and plants can be started during winter, planning ahead increases success.
I hope this post on winter flower garden landscaping gave you some ideas on things you can begin doing this winter. Don’t forget to follow me on Flowerthings Pinterest for more on flowers.