Sure your turf might be slowing down but that doesn’t mean you can get creative in the garden.
Plants boasting beautiful colours and strong fragrance promise to brighten up the yard, so let’s have a look a 3 easy to grow plants that flower in the cooler months
A winter-blooming perennial that is both easy to grow and striking to look at, hellebores are fondly named the ‘winter rose’ for their appearance at this time of year. Part of the Ranunculaceae family, most common hellebores are low-growing evergreens with cup-shaped flowers that bloom in a rainbow of colours from winter through to spring. Ideally suited to a shady patch of the garden, hellebores can almost be left to their own devices as they require very little water, except in summer, and can handle temperate to cold climates with ease.
Boasting clusters of vibrant yellow, orange or red trumpet-shaped blooms in mid-to-late winter, the clivia, or kaffir lily as it is also known, is a hardy plant that thrives in most regions of Australia, with the exception of very cold mountain regions and Tasmania, where the plants can be grown in pots but need to be brought in during winter. Clivias can grow in shade or under trees, though like a little filtered sunlight, best planted in well-drained soil. As well as suffering the cold, the clivia is very drought-tolerant, with hardly a drop of water required in the winter months.
Grow winter pansies and fill your yard with dazzling colour while everything else lies bare. Joyful hues of yellow, gold, purple, red and white come into their own as temperatures drop when these cool-loving plants are at their happiest. Interestingly, pansies can survive very cold snaps by freezing their growth until the weather warms up again. Bearing large, brightly coloured blooms from late autumn through to early spring, pansies need a sunny position and loose, well-drained soil to thrive in the garden.
So even if your not mowing your lawn every weekend and standing back admiring it, you can always admire the flowers in your garden while your waiting to get the mower out again