If you’re like me, the charm of winter quickly wears off after Christmas. January, February, and March can feel endless as you patiently wait for signs of spring. In mild hardiness zones, winter-blooming flowers can help cure the winter blues and let us know that spring isn’t too far away. Continue reading to learn more about winter blooming flowers in zone 6.
Winter Flowers for Zone 6 Climates
Zone 6 is a pretty medium climate in the United States and winter temperatures don’t usually go below 0 to -10 degrees F. (-18 to -23 C.). Zone 6 gardeners can enjoy a nice mix of cold climate-loving plants, as well as some warmer climate-loving plants.
In zone 6 you also have a longer growing season in which to enjoy your plants. While northern gardeners are pretty much stuck with only houseplants to enjoy in winter, zone 6 gardeners may get blooms on winter hardy flowers as early as February.
What are Some Hardy Flowers for Winter?
Below is a list of winter blooming flowers and their bloom times in zone 6 gardens:
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), blooms begin February-March
Reticulated Iris (Iris reticulata), blooms begin March
Crocus (Crocus sp.), blooms begin February-March
Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen mirabile), blooms begin February-March
Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis), blooms begin February-March
Icelandic Poppy (Papaver nudicaule), blooms begin March
Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana), blooms begin February-March
Lentin Rose (Helleborus sp.), blooms begin February-March
Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), blooms begin February
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), blooms begin March
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis sp.), blooms begin February-March
Forsythia (Forsythia sp.), blooms begin February-March
Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), blooms begin February
Winterhazel (Corylopsis sp.), blooms begin February-March