Stay in Season: The Most Beautiful Winter Flowers for Your Home

updated May 3, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

Fresh, colorful flowers don’t exactly come to mind when you think about foliage in the winter months. But when summer is so far away, there’s no reason to wait to bring some floral happiness in your home and garden again. Many flowering plants bloom in colder months and can handle rough winter weather, and some of them aren’t too far off from your sunny spring and summer favorites. You’ve got plenty of alternative flowers to choose from that can bring color into your life even on the gloomiest days.

(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

If you usually love…

Sunflowers—try Gerberas

Gerberas don’t exactly stand as tall and sturdy as sunflowers, but they’re of the same family and their petals are similar in style. Plus, they come in several bright colors along with that sunny yellow you already know and love.

(Image credit: Agnes Kantaruk)

If you usually love…

Poppies—try Pansies

For an alternative to the poppy that will last beyond summer, pansies have a similar aesthetic. Both poppies and pansies come in a variety of colors, so if you’re looking for that signature poppy red, you can find it in some pansies, too.

(Image credit: F_studio)

If you usually love…

If you love lilacs for their color, daphnes might not do the trick—they’re more of a pink than purple. But if you like them for their style, daphnes are a close match—and one that’s not afraid of a little cold.

(Image credit: haris M)

If you usually love…

If daisies are your favorite, winter jasmine flowers are a great off-season alternative. The wildflowers are a little different in shape, but they’re small and white in color like the common daisy (though some varieties are yellow).

(Image credit: Maya Kruchankova)

If you usually love…

Chrysanthemums can bloom in several different forms—pompon blooms, which are big, bold and full of petals, have a very similar style to peonies (even though there are noticeable differences).

(Image credit: Christina Forêt)

If you usually love…

Irises—try Cyclamen

Irises are known for their unique shape, and cyclamen don’t disappoint in that category either. Both flowers look intricate and delicate, but cyclamen can handle some of the coldest temperatures winter has to offer.

(Image credit: atiger)

If you usually love…

Gardenias—try Camellias

If you’re looking for a flower that’s as perfectly-shaped as the gardenia (seriously, both of these flowers look like cake decorations), camellias are a stunning alternative—and while they come in several colors, you can get them in white, too.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Need more ideas?

Here are some other winter (& year-round) flowers to try:

  • Carnations
  • Lilies
  • Asters
  • Amaryllis
  • Phlox
  • Helleboes
  • Orchids
  • Roses