Posted on Nov 25, 2023 at 12:03 pm by Oliver C
Winter is often a dreaded period for gardeners, whether they are beginners or experienced. Between the low light, freezing temperatures, icy wind, and frost, plants sometimes struggle to survive the harsh winter conditions. To avoid seeing half of your plants wither, opt for varieties known for their resistance that are not afraid of the cold or darkness and will accompany you until spring returns; without constantly requiring care to survive.
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Resistant plants for winter gardens
There are many resistant plants perfectly adapted to face the rigors of winter, requiring little maintenance to survive this season. These plants have specific characteristics that make them able to withstand the cold and winter conditions. For example, some of them develop dense foliage and robust roots that allow them to better retain heat and moisture, essential for their survival during freezing periods.
Others have a special sap that prevents the formation of ice crystals in their tissues, which is crucial to avoid damage caused by low temperatures. In addition, some of these winter plants have developed the ability to reduce their metabolism during the coldest months, thus minimizing their energy and resource needs.
This adaptation allows them to withstand prolonged periods of intense cold. Finally, several of these species have thick, waxy leaves or resistant bark, which act as shields against cold, wind, and snow. These unique properties make these plants ideal choices for winter gardens, offering a touch of greenery even in the most challenging conditions.
Some varieties of indestructible plants
- Japanese Quince.
The Christmas Rose: Our perfect winter plant
The hellebore is a perennial plant also known as the Christmas rose because of its winter flowering that can last until spring. Resistant, the hellebore will thrive effortlessly and offer beautiful flowers in shades of pink, white, green, or purple. This very hardy plant is capable of withstanding extreme temperatures down to -15°C.
In addition to its decorative aspect, it has the advantage of requiring little maintenance and naturally self-seeding over the years.
- Exposure: partial shade to shade
- Soil: well-drained, rich, and moist
- Watering: moderate in summer, reduced in winter
- Pruning: no need for pruning, unless you want to remove damaged flowers and leaves
Having a thriving garden during winter is not impossible! Just choose resistant plants adapted to winter conditions to enjoy a pleasant outdoor space despite the cold and lack of light. Also, don’t forget to protect your most sensitive plants and provide them with appropriate care so that they can spend the winter in beauty.