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The Secret to a Blooming Winter Garden

winter garden Are you tired of “waiting ’til Spring” to get started working in the backyard? Many gardening enthusiasts don’t realize that they can enjoy their favorite hobby all year round if they know the secret to creating a beautiful winter garden.


There are many plant varieties that flourish during the winter months, and the key is knowing and understanding your Plant Hardiness Zone. Typically, a majority of residents in our state find themselves in the Pennsylvania Plant Hardiness Zone 6. If are unsure of your particular zone, the United States Department of Agriculture website has a very useful tool to help you out.

Step 1: Click on the following link to be directed to the USDA website.

Step 2: Simply enter your zip code to be provided with your exact Plant Hardiness Zone.

Winter Blooming Plants That Thrive in Pennsylvania

It is amazing how many varieties of flowering plants are available to give you winter garden a beautiful pop of color and texture.

Winter Blooming Varieties

Many gardeners don’t realize that there are a large number plants that will give you stunning blooms during the winter months. Here are some of our favorites Zone 6 bloomers:


Just when you think winter will never come to end, delicate purple blooms push their way through their snowy covering.

Snowdrops, Galanthus

These beautiful bulbs create a gorgeous snowy blanket effect, and some varieties bloom as early as January.

Apple Blossom, Clematis

A stunning, hardy evergreen, these whitish/pinkish flowers will be a breathtaking addition to your zone 6 garden.


A long time favorite of Brits, these beautiful bloomers have finally made their way to the U.S., and are particularly suited for zone 6. Blooming as early as January, they will present a variety of whites, creams, purples, and greens.

Winter Aconite

These beautiful yellow buds spring out of the ground in February or March, and once established, this perennial will continue to flourish for years to come.

Mountain Laurel

Kalmia Latifolia, commonly known as Mountain Laurel, is a very common landscaping bloom, particularly in the mountainous regions of Pennsylvania. Native to the Northeastern Region of the U.S., Mountain Laurel exhibits beautiful blossoms ranging from white to a deep, rich pink.

Do you have any favorite winter blossoming plants you’d like to add to our list? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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