With shorter days and colder weather, winter can easily turn dark and dreary. When things are freezing outside, we recommend keeping your season vibrant with the bright colors of indoor plants that conveniently bloom in the winter. At Currans Flowers, our Danvers florists put together a list of our top five favorite plants to brighten up the winter.
Pink Poinsettia Plant
The quintessential winter plant, poinsettias are a favorite for decorating homes and offices and giving as gifts throughout the holiday season. Poinsettias naturally bloom in the winter because they are sensitive to light and respond to the shorter days of winter. Although many people think their brightly colored bracts (leaves) are the poinsettia’s flowers, their actual flowers are the small clusters of yellow found at the center of the bracts.
You’re likely most familiar with red and white poinsettia varieties, but they come in a range of hues including yellow, orange, and even pink! For a fresh take on a traditional holiday look, we recommend ordering pink poinsettias and mixing them with red and white varieties.
2. Christmas Cactus
We love Christmas cactus plants for brightening up the dark months of winter. They bloom naturally around Christmastime, and other similar varieties such as the Thanksgiving cactus and Easter cactus bloom close to their respective holidays. Christmas cacti are available in a variety of prettily hued flowers that range in shades from whites and pinkish whites to vibrant magenta, red, and orange.
The Christmas cactus is also a great choice for a house with small children and pets. Although ingesting them can cause an upset stomach, no part of a Christmas cactus is actually poisonous. To care for yours, be sure to keep it in a pot with soil that drains well and water it regularly. These cacti are native to the humid forests of Brazil and don’t tolerate drought as well as their cacti cousins from the desert.
These lush and vibrant flowering plants are absolutely radiant when they’re grown to bloom in the winter, and they’re so pretty they almost don’t look real. Azaleas feature dark-green leaves and abundant blooms of papery, delicate petals. Depending on the variety, they’re available in shades of red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white.
Azaleas have pretty hardy bulbs, which means that planted in an outdoor Danvers garden with a healthy covering of mulch, they’ll be able to withstand the winter. If you’re transplanting bulbs from your florist, be sure to plant them during their natural blooming times, in either late spring or early fall.
Succulents are a perfect choice for growing indoors throughout the year. They’re available in countless varieties that feature segments of all different shapes, colors, and textures. One of our favorite succulents is the kalanchoe plant, which can bloom for months on end from fall until spring. This succulent features clusters of brightly colored flowers in shades of pink, yellow, orange, red, and white. Succulents are desert plants, which means they can survive with minimal attention from their caregivers. Be sure to provide them with plenty of sunlight, a pot that drains easily, and water only when soil is completely dry.
Another type of plant that blooms naturally in the winter, orchids respond to the changing temperatures, which allows them to provide much-needed bursts of color in the winter. They bloom in literally tens of thousands of varieties all of which feature unparalleled beauty.
Orchids naturally grow from the bark of trees in humid forests. As a result, they like to be kept moist in well-draining soil. We recommend misting them with water occasionally during the winter when your home’s furnace might create a less than ideal level of humidity inside your house.
Winter Plants You Can Enjoy Outdoors in Danvers
Danvers is located in the USDA hardiness zone 6, which means a pretty wide variety of plants can survive being outside in our winter weather and even bloom as early as February! Some of our favorites include the hardy cyclamen, snowdrops, crocuses, and forsythia.
Unless you enjoy spending lots of time outside in the cold, we recommend focusing on brightening up your dreary winter days with indoor plants. For more information regarding the best-blooming plants for winter, welcome you to stop by Currans Flowers for personalized advice and recommendations from our expert florists.