With all the leaves blown off the tree in winter, your garden can look sparse, boring and depressing, making your home outright bland. However, winter should not automatically mean a dull, uninteresting yard. You can brighten the overcast winter weather with colorful flowers.
Interestingly, some of these flowers have pleasant scents that provide a warm, soothing ambiance. You can plant your winter plants around your walkways and entryways giving a bright finishing touch to your home. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best winter plants for Seattle residents.
- Sarcococca confusa
If you are a fan of strong pleasant smells, you should consider planting the Sarcococca confusa. With its deep green, glossy foliage, Sarcococca confusa gives off a strong vanilla scent, and this makes it the perfect plant around your doorway.
- Hamamelis Mollis
Also known as the Witch Hazel, Hamamelis is a vase-shaped plant with an abundance of rich golden or red-toned flowers. In addition to its beauty and colors, the Hamamelis has a rich, spicy fragrance. Interestingly, the Witch Hazel flower blooms last throughout the winter season after the first bloom in the fall.
- Coral Bark Japanese Maple
This plant is another year-round wonder. The beautiful bark of this mid-sized maple can be spotted from a mile. Once the leaves fall, you will be glad you chose a tree that looks like more than a bunch of sticks.
- Paper Bush
Looking for a burst of bright colors? The Paper Bush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) is your go-to plant choice. With clusters of yellow or orange flowers resembling miniature showerheads dangling from the naked limbs of the Paper Bush, it can live through the toughest winter months.
- Winter Daphne
One of our favorite foundation plants, it looks good all four seasons. However, late winter is when it earns its spot in our landscape designs. Fragrant blooms cover they appear in February (or even earlier), letting you know that spring is coming.