What to plant in your winter garden
Pops of colour in your garden look amazing when the winter sun breaks through the clouds and adds a touch of warmth, when it often feels like summer is never coming again. Speak to your local nursery to get recommendations on the best options for your area or try any of the below options which are perfect for cooler climates.
With an intense perfume and compact star-shaped flowers, daphne is a warming addition to winter gardens. Contrasting nicely against the dark-green foliage, the white-pink blooms appear mid-winter and last through to spring, filling the air with their rose-citrus fragrance.
Unlike many other blooms, begonias are favoured for their asymmetrical flowers and variegated foliage and instantly add colour to shady areas with their bright flowers. These plants are typically on the smaller side, making them perfect for balconies or petite garden beds. With red, pink, white, yellow and orange varieties available, these flowers are fantastic for both indoor and outdoor planting.
With masses of pink, white, violet and cream blooms, Alyssum are easy to grow and a beautiful addition to any garden. A fragrant favourite of bees and garden insects, they can be planted as borders, ground cover, hanging baskets or in large pots.
A native Australian beauty, grevillea produce a striking spider-like bloom. Attracting birds and bees alike with its nectar-rich flowers, these red, white or pink blossoms provide a spot of light in your frosty backyard.
Similar in appearance to a wisteria but hardier in nature, these evergreen climbers continue to produce masses of rich purple pea-shaped flowers from winter through to spring. Often used with bougainvillea to disguise unsightly structures, these vibrant and proliferous flower chains are a blessing for your winter garden.
A bushy, evergreen shrub with an explosion of rose-pink clusters, luculia grow up to four metres tall and are well suited to cooler coastal areas of Australia. With a heady vanilla-like fragrance and delicate flower, these add a touch of elegance to your garden bed.
Also known as pot marigold, calendula produce more than just a beautiful, vibrant yellow-orange flower; they also make a great addition to stews, broths and salads. The sunny petals have historically been used in butters and cheeses for their distinctive yellow colouring, while the plant itself is known to stimulate the immune system and can be found as an ingredient in many cosmetics. Calendulas are also a great guard-flower for your vegie patch as they attract aphids and other harmful bugs, keeping them off your valuable vegetables.
Typically seen as a towering mass of blue and purple, delphiniums also come in a range of hybrid colours including pink, red, white and yellow. Reaching up to two metres tall, these showy blooms work best planted in groups towards the back of the bed to provide a gorgeous backdrop to the rest of your garden.
A unique, semi-transparent yellow blossom with an intoxicating sweet scent that grows directly on the branch, wintersweet ensures there’s always a little spot of sunshine in your garden. Growing up to three metres in height, with blooms lasting for months, this unusual plant will draw the attention and admiration of any visitors to your garden.