Cyclamen coum

Defying the Chill: Top Perennials for February Blooms in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest may be known for its mild winters, but February can still feel like a long stretch of gray. But fear not gardeners! There are vibrant bursts of color waiting to light up your February landscape with the right choice of perennials. Let's ditch the winter blues and embrace the early spring joy with these beauties:

Shady Delights:

  • Bergenia: These tough perennials offer evergreen foliage that adds texture and contrast to the winter garden, and their clusters of bell-shaped pink or purple flowers appear in late winter. Choose varieties like 'Ballerina' or 'Morgenröte' for reliable February blooms.
  • Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum): These charming little treasures thrive in cool, shady spots, popping up with dainty pink or white blooms on slender stems. Perfect for edging pathways or adding whimsy to your woodland garden.
  • Moon Dance (Helleborus orientalis): Don't confuse this shade-loving hellebore with its sun-loving cousin. This variety thrives in dappled light and offers stunning blooms in shades of white and pale green with a subtle chartreuse center..
winter daphne

Sun-Kissed Stars:

  • Hellebores: These elegant beauties come in a range of colors, from creamy white to deep plum, and their delicate blooms rise above the cold soil like beacons of hope. Look for varieties like 'Royal Heritage' or 'Anna's Red' for extra early blooms.
  • Snow Crocuses: These cheerful harbingers of spring push through the ground even with snow still on the ground, offering a delightful surprise of vibrant purple, yellow, or white. Plant a swathe beneath deciduous trees for a magical early-season display.
  • Winter Daphne
    : This fragrant gem boasts clusters of sweetly scented pink or white flowers throughout the winter months, drawing in pollinators and perfuming the air. Plant it near a walkway or entrance for a sensory treat.

Bonus Tips:

  • Remember your microclimate: Coastal areas tend to be warmer than inland regions, so adjust your plant choices accordingly.
  • Don't forget the foliage: Many perennials offer attractive foliage even when not in bloom, like Heuchera with its colorful leaves or ferns with their lush greenery.
  • Plant for pollinators: Choose varieties that attract early bees and butterflies, like crocuses or hellebores, to add life and movement to your winter garden.


By incorporating these top perennials, your February garden will be a vibrant oasis, reminding you that spring is just around the corner. So, grab your gloves, head to Al’s Garden & Home, and get ready to paint your winter landscape with a splash of color!


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