Are there plants resistant to cold or do we have to resign ourselves to waiting for the next summer? In winter, temperatures drop and the beauty of the garden that you have cared for with so much love in spring and summer is becoming a distant memory.
But don’t despair. Just because winter is coming doesn’t mean your garden has to wither completely – there are many plants that survive even the winter.
Nature never sleeps, so rest assured that you can train your green thumb even in low temperatures, taking care of the plants that are best suited to withstand during the cold period.
That’s right, they also exist winter flowers and plants that you can grow without problems in the garden, but also at home, without having to give up having a flowered balcony or a lush and rich garden in winter.
But what are the plants that grow well even during the winter period? There is actually a wide range of cold-hardy outdoor flowers and plants, as well as houseplants that don’t suffer when temperatures drop.
It is not necessary to give up colors during the cold months if you are able to choose the right flowers, i.e. the most resistant ones. In fact, even the simplest of balconies can become a suggestive flower garden: delicate buds that open at low temperatures, making the atmosphere pleasant and colorful.
Cold-resistant outdoor plants
Cold slows down plant growth. Furthermore, in winter the lack of sunlight partially slows the photosensitization of green plants and low temperatures can freeze the sap of the plant, causing its death.
This is why, while some plants can survive the winter, others will die. The perennialsfor example, they are very resistant to cold.
Other plants survive the winter in an underground resting phase. That is, these store the nutrients they need to survive in the bulbs and roots, stocking up throughout the spring and summer.
The flowers and plants that grow and bloom in winter generally do not require special care and can be grown both in the ground and in pots.
Much of the winter flowers have softer colors compared to the summer ones, with colors they can vary from greenish to white and pale yellow, but this is enough to make any garden or balcony attractive and colorful.
Hardy winter plants
Generally, winter plants and flowers have a slow growth and bloom just when most of the other botanical species are in hibernation.
To take care of your winter plants, it will be sufficient to have a good quality, fresh and well-drained soil in the house. This is imperative to ensure prosperous growth for the plant or flowers.
Well, if you are already armed with a shovel, pots, watering can and everything else, run to your trusted nursery and choose the most beautiful plants to adorn your outdoor garden or balcony!
Heather is a very resistant perennial, we would dare to say almost immortal, which is why it is one of the most popular plants ever. This winter plant, native to South Africa, is mostly composed of dwarf and bushy shrubs and prefers an acidic soil.
If you don’t have too much time to devote to caring for a plant, heather is an ideal choice. In addition, it is a winter plant that adapts perfectly to both indoors and outdoors. In fact, heather is widely used in gardens such as ornamental plantbut it is also perfect for growing in pots, both on the balcony and indoors.
There are different colors of heather, lilac, intense red, white, but also yellowish, so you can choose the one you like best or that best matches your decor.
Cyclamen is the classic winter flower present on all the balconies of the mountain houses: with its bright colors it transmits joy and a lot of positivity in the less bright periods of the year.
Cyclamen is a rather rustic perennial, with delicate, dark green leaves lined with silver and delicate blooms in shades of white, pink and red, from late winter to early spring. IS perfect for growing at the base of small shrubs and trees and to naturalize in the grass.
The name of this splendid winter flower resonates sweetly in the weather of the coldest period of the year. We are talking about her: the Camellia. It is a beautiful evergreen plant that gives blooms that brighten any garden.
Camellia is a delicate and colorful flower, but it is able to withstand the frost of the coldest months of the year. It is not a difficult plant to grow but it prefers open spacessuch as a beautiful garden.
Furthermore, it is preferable that it is placed in partial shade, not in direct sunlight and ensure a humid environment, ideal for good growth and flowering.
Camellia also desires an acid soil, very rich in organic substances and sufficiently drained, not being able to withstand water stagnation. But this applies to all plants a little and, therefore, we advise you to keep this in mind.
Ivy is the “must” present in almost all gardens. It’s about a climbing plant which adapts perfectly to the harsh winter temperatures, moreover it does not need specific attention, it gives color and volume to spaces in general.
It is a purely outdoor winter plant, which is why it is often seen climbing on balconies and terraces. The leaves, of various sizes, have a long petiole and are rigid and shiny, basically.
The stems that produce the flower have slightly lobed or even oval leaves and it is good to underline that, if ingested, they are toxic so, if you have children or pestiferous animals, it is very important to pay close attention!
If you love winter climbing plants, here is another interesting proposal: wisteria. This plant is originally from the Far East and is characterized by a trunk that winds from the base, and then twists and shapes itself on different types of surfaces. The beautiful clusters of hanging flowers are blue in color: that soft and delicate blue, typical of winter flowers.
The ideal time to plant wisteria is winter and, in particular, from October to March. It’s about a outdoor winter plantas it tends to unfold on pergolas, palisades or arches and requires careful pruning and ideal fertilization.
Cold-resistant indoor plants
Do you have rooms in your house that are a bit cold and are wondering if any houseplants will survive these conditions? Fortunately, there are a number of cold tolerant houseplants that will be perfect for those spaces.
One thing to keep in mind is that the cooler your room is, the longer you can wait between waterings. Keeping plants too moist (and cold) will invite root rot, so watch out for this balance.
Here is a list of the toughest indoor plants that can tolerate a stiff, cold temperature:
- Zamioculcas zamiifolia: it is one of the few indoor plants able to withstand heat and cold. It is a tropical perennial native to eastern and southern Africa. It is known to have glossy green oval-shaped leaves.
- Ficus Lyrata: The violin leaf fig plant is one of the great indoor plants that also acts as an air purifying plant, ridding the air of harmful toxins.
- Aspidistra Elatior: Also known as the cast iron plant, it is one of the hardiest houseplants out there. It is almost indestructible. Its long, stiff lemon green leaves can withstand harsh climates.
- Dracaena Trifasciata: Hardy plants such as the “snake plant” are perfect examples of plants that survive the winter. They are easy to grow and care for and can survive high levels of neglect. The soil must be rich, moist and well-draining.
- Adiantum: they are excellent indoor plants that tolerate low light conditions. They are known for their dark fronds with a lace-like appearance and rustic nature. These plants are perfect for small indoor spaces and are easy to grow.
- Aloe vera: it is one of the most versatile houseplants in existence. They have a wide range of uses, as well as being ornamental. This is due to their fleshy and succulent foliage, with an internal jelly that is used to make beauty masks, ointments with a thousand uses and even beneficial drinks.
- monsters: is another example of an attractive looking indoor plant. They also act as air purifiers to rid the environment of harmful toxins. Monstera grows well in areas with low humidity and low temperature.
- Philodendron: belongs to a large family with over 400 different species. They are known for their large glossy deep green leaves that take on different patterns and shapes. Grow them in well-draining clay soil and provide sufficient exposure to intense but indirect sunlight and moderate watering.