Take advantage of the break our seasonal winter weather brings to escape the heat. Get outside while the weather is cool and get your winter garden growing.
Winter Gardening – Plant Beautiful Winter Annuals
These flowers thrive in the cooler temperatures as well as add color to your landscape. Check out a few examples of ideal plants for your winter garden.
Alyssum– Primarily pink and purple, Sweet Alyssum will bring a fresh pop of color to your flower bed. Being a low growing plant, it will form a dense mat/carpet of delicate flowers, making it an ideal border to go around the edge of one’s garden. Recommended to plant during late fall, this flower prefers full sun exposure but can handle light shade.
Petunia– A popular Florida flower that will bloom vigorously in the right environment. These annuals require full sunlight for optimal blooms. Producing a wide range of colors, they will grow to be anywhere between 6 to 24 inches tall.
Winter Jasmine– This fragrant flower will bloom in Florida for the entirety of the winter season. Growing to a large shrub once the weather warms up, making this plant also very versatile. Between 3 and 8 feet tall, these plants prefer shady areas in your garden or in a pot on your porch. Growing it in a container also makes it more manageable, limiting its growth and making it easy to move.
Winter Gardening – Make Room for Fresh Herbs and Vegetables
Don’t forget about your herbs when winter gardening. Though, more useful than the garden flower, most people do not prefer them due to not having a colorful bloom. However, an herb garden can help “spice up” your holiday meals and also provide many health benefits. Here are a few herbs that thrive in the chilly Florida winter
Thyme– This hardy herb will be a fantastic addition to your garden or windowsill. It thrives in full sun and dry soil. Along with being useful in the kitchen, thyme is a prime bee attractant for those interested in bee keeping. (It also creates a delicious honey) As if this plant couldn’t get any better, it also sprouts small purple flowers if in the correct conditions.
Chives– Just like Thyme, Chives prefer full sunlight and well-drained soil. Though they grow well during winter, this herb can be harvested ANY time. They have a high growth rate and will have to be separated after time to allow more space for them to grow. Chives can add a subtle onion or garlic flavor to your favorite holiday dish.
Vegetables- Reliable cool-season vegetables include cabbages, collards, beets, and broccoli.
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