What’s Blooming Now: February

February 20, 2017

Even though it’s still winter, there are plenty of plants that are starting to peek out and add color to our gardens, including our Plant of the Month: Daphne! Other late winter bloomers include hellebores, corylopsis, euphorbia, cyclamen, heather, crocus, gravillea, edgeworthia, and mahonia.

  • Madame Lemonnier Lenten Rose (Helleborus x lemonnierii ‘MadameLemonnier’): This new hellebore has large, upward facing light pink blooms. Take a walk around your neighborhood and you’re sure to find plenty of different hellebore varieties blooming right now!
Madame Lemonnier Lenten Rose (Helleborus x lemonnierii 'MadameLemonnier')

Madame Lemonnier Lenten Rose (Helleborus x lemonnierii ‘MadameLemonnier’)

  • Spike Winter Hazel (Corylopsis spicata): Closely related to witch hazel, corylopsis is a deciduous shrub that has small, fragrant bright yellow flowers. Foliage emerges with a bronze tinge shortly after it is done blooming and in fall is pale yellow. Other varieties of corylopsis that are starting to bloom now are pauciflora and glabrescens.
Spiked Winter Hazel (Corylopsis spicata)

Spike Winter Hazel (Corylopsis spicata)

  • Rudolph Winter Spurge (Euphorbia x martinii ‘Rudolph’): This evergreen winter stunner adds some much-needed cheer to the gray rainy days we’ve been having. While it’s not blooming quite yet, it features bright red flower bracts, like Rudolph’s nose, and in spring will have greenish yellow flowers with red centers on blue green foliage. Another euphorbia that starts blooming around this time of year is Euphorbia ‘Black Bird’ which has dark purple foliage with clusters of yellow green flowers. The milky sap that is produced by euphorbias can be a skin irritant so make sure to wear gloves when pruning this plant.
Rudolph Winter Spurge (Euphorbia x martinii 'Rudolph')

Rudolph Winter Spurge (Euphorbia x martinii ‘Rudolph’)

  • Silver Form Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum ‘Silver Form’)– This variety of cyclamen blooms once the snow starts melting so it is a very welcomed site around this time of year. Flowers are a bright magenta color. Foliage is silvery green and heart shaped.
Silver Form Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum 'Silver Form')

Silver Form Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum ‘Silver Form’)

  • Kramer’s Red Winter Heather (Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Rote’)– This evergreen mounding shrub has bright pink colored flowers that last into spring with dark green foliage.
•Kramer’s Red Winter Heather (Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote') Photo Courtesy of Jerzy Opiola

Kramer’s Red Winter Heather (Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Rote’) Photo Courtesy of Jerzy Opiola

  • Crocus– Crocus’ come in many different colors ranging from white to yellow to purple. They are inexpensive to purchase and easy to plant so they’re a great way to add winter interest to your garden. You can sprinkle these throughout your yard to give it a natural meadow effect!
Crocus cultivars

Crocus cultivars

  • Royal Gravillea (Grevillea victoriae)– The flowers of this late winter bloomer are very attractive to hummingbirds at this time of year. The Royal Grevillea has unique drooping clusters of reddish orange flowers that definitely make a statement in the landscape. Foliage is also evergreen and once established, is fairly drought tolerant.
Royal Grevillea (Grevillea victoriae) Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Royal Grevillea (Grevillea victoriae) Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Picks

  • Chinese Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)– This deciduous shrub has fragrant pale yellow and cream colored flowers that have a shower head shape to them. Before the flowers bloom, buds are large, fuzzy, and silvery making this a fun plant to watch bloom over time.
Chinese Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

Chinese Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

  • Winter Sun Oregon Grape (Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’)– This hardy evergreen shrub has bright yellow flowers which also attracts hummingbirds. Foliage is dark, glossy green and spiky.
Winter Sun Oregon Grape (Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun') Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Winter Sun Oregon Grape (Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’) Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Picks

If your garden is lacking color this time of year, pick up some of these plants at your local nursery to help brighten up the gray, dreary weather. You might also want to consider some of these other late winter bloomers: sarcocococca, hyacinth, snowdrop, witch hazel, and camellia.

What’s your favorite plant that’s blooming in your garden right now? We’d love to hear from you!

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