Winter Flowers For Shade


Got a shady spot where nothing seems to bloom? Try these winter flowers for bright color in areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight.


pelargoniums, geraniums

Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium hortorum)
2’- 3’ high and wide

You simply can’t go wrong with zonal geraniums in Vegas. Put them in a spot where they’ll get a little morning sun and plenty of afternoon shade and they may very well bloom off and on throughout the year for you. They come with red, pink, salmon or white flowers that are guaranteed to brighten up any garden. Pelargoniums don’t like to be wet all the time and they really don’t like overhead watering, so these plants work especially well planted in with succulents.



ivy geraniums, pelargoniums

Ivy Geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum)
6”H x 1’W

Ivy geraniums should be treated much the same as zonals when it comes to light and watering. The only really big difference between the two is in their size. Use ivy geraniums to border other plants or in hanging baskets. Colors include everything from deep red to light purple and they tend to be profuse bloomers throughout the spring, winter and fall, just like their zonal brethren.




Cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium)
6” H

With cheery flowers that are bright pink, red and white, cyclamen are favorites for both the Christmas season and Valentine’s Day. Personally, I like to keep some cyclamen in a pot and bring it inside once the weather warms up, where they make a beautiful, blooming houseplant for months to come. Since they really hate the heat, they will usually finally crap out due to the fact that I refuse to keep my home cold enough to keep a winter flower happy all summer long.



Looking for cold-season bedding plants that thrive in sunny spots? Here’s a complete list of flowers that’ll brighten up your winter months!



Violas (Viola cornuta)

4” H

Violas are a smaller and more shade-tolerant cousin of common pansies that bloom in an array of colors, including purple, apricot, yellow, white and blue. Use them to line walkways, in hanging baskets or along the edges of a container where they can spill over the sides and make you look like a skilled gardener without a lot of effort.




english primrose, primula polyantha

English Primrose (Primula polyantha)

8”- 12” H

English primrose bloom in a range of colors, from yellow and white to pink and deep purple. The dark green leaves provide a nice contrast to the vivid flowers, which come up on short stalks. Certain colors smell faintly of roses, making English primrose a nice addition to an entryway, where they’ll grow equally well in pots or beds.






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