Here in Georgia, we’re fortunate to have mild winters that keep our lawns and gardens looking better through the winter months that many other places. The warmer climate is just one of the many reasons we love living here.

However, our weather still undergoes some changes in the fall that may leave our vibrant spring and summer gardens lacking the colors we love. Even in the Atlanta area the trees still lose their leaves, and our perennial gardens enter a dormant state. While we do enjoy warmer winter temperatures than much of the U.S., these changes are enough to make any gardener a little grim.

But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

dreamstime_xxl_50433357With a little planning, your garden can still offer you much of the beauty you enjoy during the summertime, even in the middle of winter. All it takes is some expert advice and your own creativity. For example, there are several types of flowers that do well over the winter in Georgia’s planting zone 7 (which Atlanta and Alpharetta are a part of). Consult this map to determine your planting zone, and here are a few ideas:

  • Pansies – Pansies come in many colors, including blues, purples, oranges and pinks. In zone 7b, they can bloom throughout the season.
  • Daffodils – These bulbs will grow and flower between February and late March, depending on how the winter weather plays out. They provide lovely color for early spring, and will reappear every year.
  • Violas – With similar color variety to the pansy, violas can bloom for you throughout the winter. They are very hardy for planting zone 7 and have a spreading effect.
  • Tulips – Tulips are extremely popular for a reason. They come in many colors and varieties, and can add height to any winter garden.
  • Hellebore – These should be a standard for any winter garden. Hellebore’s large blooms come in many colors and heights. They love moisture, shade, and are frost resistant.
  • Cyclamen – Lovely, non-invasive cyclamen provide a late-winter burst of purple, pink, red, and white. They do best in partial shade, and will require a good layer of mulch in cooler zones.
  • Snowdrop – Aptly named, snowdrop can bring you a pop of springtime when they emerge in late winter, with white flowers and bright green foliage.
  • Hyacinths – These vibrant, fragrant flowers are often used in pots because of their shorter size. They provide large clusters of tiny flowers, but must have proper drainage to avoid rot.
  • Cabbage – Ornamental cabbages can provide great seasonal color in any flower bed. They offer green or red foliage, or green with pink or white centers.

Believe it or not, there are many other options available. And now that you know all these choices exist, you’ll be able to plan accordingly. When the weather warms up and it’s time to think about flowers, landscaping, and lawn care again, search out some winter-friendly flowers to brighten your garden – and your mood – during those less-than-vivid winter months.