Winter’s chill may be upon us, but that doesn’t mean that every plant is totally in hibernation. This is the time of year when tiny blooms and little green leaves begin to emerge from what appears to be just a lifeless plant. Here are some plants and shrubs that are commonly found in South Carolina landscapes that will provide a touch of color during the dreary days of January and February.

  • Daffodils: You know spring is coming soon when you see the green blades of the daffodil pop through the soil. These bulbs produce flowers in a variety of sizes and colors. Add them to walkways or allow them to naturalize under trees.
  • Gardenias: Gardenias are a shrub that’s been found in the Carolinas since the 1700s. They require a little TLC but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful flowers that smell wonderful.
  • Camellias: Here in the Rock Hill, SC area, camellias bloom from winter into spring. Flowers come in many shades of pink, red, and white. If handled carefully, they can be brought inside as cut flowers.
  • Hyacinths: Hyacinths are another bulb that typically blooms in late winter. They come in a variety of colors and look great as a border along a walkway or a flower bed. There’s an added bonus, too: They’re very fragrant.
  • Lenten rose: The Lenten rose is relatively easy to grow and maintain. Add to a shady spot or a naturalized area and wait for the blooms to appear in January or February.
  • Forsythia: If the winter is especially mild, forsythia may be one of the first things to start blooming. The tiny yellow flowers on this shrub will add color and interest to your yard. The branches can even be cut and used for indoor flower arrangements.

These are just a few of the winter-hardy plants and shrubs you can find at your local nursery or garden center. Here at Lee’s Nursery & Landscaping, we work with our clients to develop areas that look great all year long. It’s just one of the benefits of choosing to work with a professional landscaper. Call us today to see how we can make your yard beautiful!