PLM’s Favorite Plants for the PNW Winters

There are not many things gloomier than the PNW during the months of October-March. The overcast autumns and winters in the Greater Seattle Region may present a challenge for some gardeners, which is why PLM is here to offer our favorite winter plants. If you are someone whose mood is drastically altered by the dark cloudy months, then these winter plants will be a perfect addition to your garden. These plants will cheer you up even on the darkest winter days – whether you are a devoted gardener or planting flowers for the first time, being able to look at beautiful flowers will elevate your mood in a hurry. 

1 | Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale are close relatives to their edible counterparts, but these gorgeous plants were bred for color and not taste. These are the perfect plants to bring color to your garden as all the color is within their leaves. You can be as creative as you want with these, whether that be building a container garden, or adding color to your pathways.

2 | Hellebore Types

Also known as “The Christmas Rose” due to their bloom period being around the Christmas season. These flowers bloom at the heart of winter and their coloring is sure to illuminate any garden during the span of gray weeks in winter. 

3 | Winter Daphne

Truth be told, Winter Daphne looks beautiful in all four seasons, making it a great plant to have in any garden. However, the fragrant blooms in February are one of the first signs that spring is coming. 

4 | Witch Hazel

Sometimes known as “Winterbloom.” Between its smooth bark and green foliage which turns vibrant colors in autumn, winterbloom has a beautiful natural form. Its fragrant flowers bloom when few others do and stays in bloom longer as well. The fragrance of just a couple branches of winterbloom is sure to bring warmth to any home during the winter months. 

5 | Winter Camellia

Is there anything more beautiful than an evergreen shrub that will flower during the dreary days of winter? These are ranked as one of the best flowering shrubs because they flower when there may be little to nothing else going on in your garden. The bright color of its leaves are sure to stand out during the dismal months. 

 

Augustyna Chan

December 20, 2021

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