Plant Winter Blooming Flowers

Fill the garden with fabulous plants that work their magic at this time of the year

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Honey-eating birds flock to the bell-shaped flowers of native fuchsias (Correa). This plant is a vital source of nectar for small birds throughout the winter months. Image: Alamy

The garden doesn’t have to be dull just because winter is around the corner. Annuals are a quick colour fix for beds or pots. 
 

Flowers to plant for winter blooms 

Viola 

POSITION Sun, semi-shade. 

CULTIVATION Picking the small pansy-like flowers encourages further blooms.
 

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Plant viola flowers in sun or semi-shade. Image: Alamy 
 

Linaria  

POSITION Sun. 

CULTIVATION Sow seeds where they are to grow. Good for mixed planting in pots.

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Sow Linaria seeds directly where you want them to grow. Image: Alamy

 

Cineraria

POSITION Semi-shade, shade. 

CULTIVATION Grow in pots and bring indoors when the plant begins to flower.

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Grow Cineraria in pots and bring indoors when the plant begins to flower 

Iceland Poppy 

POSITION Sun. 

CULTIVATION Shelter from wind and plant in soil with excellent drainage.

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Plant the Iceland Poppy in soil that has excellent drainage 

Primula 

POSITION Sun, semi-shade. 

CULTIVATION Grow in pots and garden beds. 

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Grow Primula in pots and garden beds. Image: Alamy 

Pansy 

POSITION Sun, afternoon shade in hot climates. 

CULTIVATION Picking flowers encourages more blooms.
 

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Picking Pansy flowers will encourage more blooms. Image: Thinkstock 

Calendula 

Position Sun. 

CULTIVATION Remove spent blooms to prolong flowering. Petals are edible.

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Calendula petals are edible, add them to salads for added flavour. Image: Alamy 
 

Polyanthus 

POSITION Sun, semi-shade. 

CULTIVATION A perennial, often grown as an annual. Don’t allow the potting mix to dry out.

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Plant Polyanthus in sun or semi-shade. Image: Alamy 

Nemesia 

POSITION Sun. 

CULTIVATION Pinch out the growing tips while young to encourage bushiness.   

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Plant Nemesia flowers in a sunny spot. Image: Alamy 
 

How to grow  

REMOVE the plant carefully from its punnet so you don’t disturb the roots. 

PLANT it into damp soil or potting mix and water in well.

FEED it monthly with a soluble complete plant food.

DEADHEAD flowers on a regular basis.

GROW TIP Always water annuals in seedling trays before you transplant them into garden beds or pots. 
 

Plant flowers in pots 

Containers and pots filled with flowering annuals can transform any courtyard or patio from insipid to inspired in no time. 

You can mix annuals in different sizes and colours in a pot or stick to just the one colour theme. 

Use high-quality premium mixes that carry an Australian Standard label to get your plants off to a good start. And while planting in plastic pots is best for water retention, you could use an attractive terracotta pot as a sleeve.

Seasonal scents 

Fragrance need not be missing from the garden during the cooler months. 

Daphne odora shows off at this time of the year with pink flowers that have a heady scent. It needs good drainage, slightly acidic soil and morning sun only.  

Another plant that likes morning sun is Luculia gratissima. It grows 3m high and has equally sweet-smelling flowers

Other great fragrant winter shrubs include Buddleia salvifolia, Boronia megastigma and Viburnum farreri.

Flowering climbers 

The orange flowers of the evergreen flame vine, Pyrostegia venusta, will brighten the garden from winter into spring in frost-free climates. It is best used for screening purposes.

Depending on the cultivar, you could also choose purple, white or pink flowering hardenbergia. Another evergreen,  this native is ideal for metal fences. 
 

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The orange flowers of the evergreen flame vine, Pyrostegia venusta, will brighten the garden from winter into spring in frost-free climates

 

 

Food for birds 

It’s hard for birds to find nectar in winter and you can help them by planting winter-flowering natives. Introducing these plants will also have a good impact on the overall environment, as the birds, animals and insects they attract will find their way into other neighbourhood gardens. 


What flowers to plant to attract birds in winter

Grevilleas 

Best used as a screening or feature plant, the grevillea flowers in cooler weather, attracting many honeyeaters. You can choose from a variety of colours.
 

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Grevillea flowers in cooler weather, attracting many honeyeaters

Banksia  

The heath banksia (Banksia ericifolia) and the coast banksia (Banksia integrifolia) are two hardy flowering shrubs that will attract birds during winter.
 

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The heath banksia attract birds during winter 

Flowers 

Other good natives are pink waxflower (Philotheca australasius), Thryptomene saxicola and Geraldton waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum).

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The Geraldton waxflower is a native plant that will attract birds to your garden 

Winter bulbs 

The dark-green strappy leaves of Clivia miniata look good throughout the year and its orange-scarlet flowers lift the tone of the garden during late winter. 

Ideal for planting in dry, shady positions, this flowering plant comes in cream, pale yellow, salmon pink and bright-red cultivars.

Snowflakes and early jonquils also begin to make an appearance during the last month of winter to add another burst of colour to the garden. 

DESIGN TIP Bring brightly coloured potted cyclamen indoors during winter to use as living decorations. 

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Plant Winter Blooming Flowers

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