Trying to keep a colorful garden in the unpredictable weather of Texas should be considered an extreme sport. With some days seeing all four seasons in a 24 hour period, it’s hard for colorful flora to thrive in the Lonestar State.
Thankfully, some flower species can withstand the ever-changing weather patterns of winter in Texas. Snapdragons, marigolds, and pansies are among the most common winter flowers that grow well here and some have more than one function too.
In this article, we’ll explore five of the best Texas winter flowers to add to your garden landscaping.
Texas Winter Flowers
Whether you’re worried about hard freezes or wild weather phenomena, the five winter flower species highlighted below are resilient enough to put your mind at ease. Read on to find out how these plant species can add the wow factor to your landscaping.
These whimsical flowers come in a variety of colors and are distinctive by the “faces” on each flower head. Pansies are perfect for Texas growing in the winter because they prefer cool weather and struggle when it gets too hot. They’re known to survive frosts and grow back to normal shortly after a thaw. They often bloom multiple times during the winter.
Snapdragons are short-lived perennials that are more commonly grown as annual flowers. They bloom quickly and cycle through life rather fast. With that being said, they also bloom incredibly vibrant flowers and do well in cooler weather. These flowers can also come in a variety of sizes depending on the seed. While some only grow a few inches, others have been recorded at up to four feet.
English marigolds, also known as calendulas, are a common flower in many Texas gardens. The flowers on this plant grow quite large and are typically orange, yellow, apricot, and cream-colored. In some cases, the petals may be a mix of these colors. They’re incredibly easy to care for and they also come in dwarf and tall varieties. Marigolds are a popular Texas plant in the winter because they do well in cool climates. Although Texas doesn’t normally see heavy snowfall, it can still get pretty cold. Because of that, it’s important to make sure you have floral varieties that are hardy against the cold.
Petunias are by far the most common garden flower around the U.S. However, it’s more preferred during Texas winter because the stems get leggy when exposed to excessive heat. Petunias have one of the longest flowering periods of any flowering plant and come in a plethora of colors.
This flower is typically divided into five different groups depending on its length and how it grows: multiflora, grandiflora, floribundas, millifloras, and spreading or trailing petunias.
Rosemary is a fragrant herb that is commonly grown in outdoor gardens. It’s evergreen too, which means it grows year-round, including the winter. Rosemary is a handy plant to have in your garden not only because it’s an easy ground cover and provides a pleasant aroma, but also because it can be used in everyday cooking too.