Outside Flowers for Fall & Winter


Most people are accustomed to flowers that are in bloom throughout the spring and summer, but if you want to have plants around in the outdoors that provide some color through the cooler parts of the year, there appears to be fewer options. While any area where a hard freeze occurs early in the fall will have trouble keeping flowers in cold months, there are some flowering plants that do well during the fall and winter in some areas.


  • One of the most common flowers you'll see during the winter is the poinsettia. This "Christmas" flower is a popular potted plant that grows and blooms in the winter. It also grows well outdoors during the winter season in subtropical and tropical climates .

    This green leafy plant blooms with wide red or white flowers with petals that are almost leaf-like in appearance. This plant is a native of Mexico where it can grow outdoors in the wild during the cooler fall and winter months. Poinsettias are grown all over the United States as well, but they are typically sold as potted decorative plants. In fact, $220 million in poinsettias are sold each year during the holiday season, according to the University of Illinois Extension website.


  • Autumn in the northeastern United States and other areas around the globe often brings the bright blooms of pink, lavender, mauve, green, gold and other colors commonly found on the heather flower. These outdoor plants are native to Ireland and Scotland and generally bloom in the waning moments of summer and keep their colors until late November when the blooms turn darker. Still, the flowers remain on the plants most of the winter although they are no longer bright, providing an interesting landscaping effect when most other plants are dull and lifeless.

    The heather flower appears on a branching shrub known as the Scotch Heather. The shrubs are mound-shaped and have flower blooms on spikes that crown the plant.

Witch Hazel

  • Witch hazel is a flowering herb known commonly in North America as winterbloom. The name is indicative of its usual pattern of growth. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees in the fall, the witch hazel plant begins to spring to life. Its orange- or red-tinted ribbon-shaped leaves begin to expand and blossom in the fall and remain intact throughout the winter season.

    Witch hazel is a popular plant because of its medicinal uses. A tincture made from the plant is used to control inflammation on the skin, sooth sunburns, take the sting out of insect bites, relieve itching, and treat bruising.

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