In Nebraska, we don’t usually equate winter with beautiful, flourishing gardens. While your garden likely won’t be as colorful in the winter as it is in the summer, there is a selection of perennials that are known to be able to stand up to cold, snowy winters. Check ‘em out!
Coneflower, an American native, is available in many sizes and colors, including pink, orange, yellow and white. To help newly planted coneflower, clip back any dead stems and cover with a layer of mulch before winter.
This unique flower is characterized by its pink and white blooms that hang from its stems like pendants. Bleeding Heart may sustain damage from frost during the winter, but will always recover and return in the spring.
Winter Jasmine is a vining shrub that can grow 3 to 4 feet tall. As the name suggests, bright, yellow flowers decorate the stems, even in the dead of winter. Because of its height and width, this flower usually looks best grown against retaining walls.
Colorful and fragrant, peonies are beautiful, bowl-shaped flowers that thrive in the spring. The best part? They can withstand even the coldest, harshest winters and will sprout back up at the first sign of spring.
Blanket flower produces daisy-like buds of brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. Blanket flower performs with the heat of summer, but is able to tough out the frigid winter before making a comeback the next year. It’s always a good idea to mulch before winter, but these flowers should be fine without it.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty tough to grow much of anything during a Nebraska winter, but that doesn’t mean certain plants won’t come back during the spring. Plant these and other winter-bearing perennials just once and watch them come back to life year after year!
Published: January 26, 2017