Certain flowering shrubs will add colour to drab winter landscapes in spite of the cold temperatures and typically unfavourable weather. Winter-flowering shrubs that bloom in shades of purple will stand out well against fallen snow, evergreen trees and bare branches. Consider adding these purple-blooming shrubs that will display their flowers during the coldest months of the year.
Some specimens of Scotch heather, scientific name Calluna vulgaris, are known for their ability to bring fresh flowers and foliage into a garden during typically stark winter months. According to "Winter-flowering Shrubs" by Michael W. Buffin, Calluna vulgaris is a hearty evergreen shrub native to Britain that is admired for its low-growing nature, needle-like leaves and striking fall through winter display of colourful, bell-shaped flowers. Of particular interest for gardeners seeking a purple winter-blooming shrub are the "Amethyst" and "Romina" varieties of Calluna vulgaris.
Certain species of spring heather, scientific name Erica carnea, offer a dazzling array of colourful flowers to brighten dull winter landscapes. According to "Winter-flowering Shrubs," the "Nathalie" variety of Erica carnea features superb purple flowers during winter months, and the "Adrienne Duncan" variety features deep green foliage that is tinged slightly purple during winter months to accompany the shrub's dark purple flowers.
Hebe speciosa is a winter-flowering shrub that bears vivid reddish-purple flowers that bloom July through late December. The leaves of this bushy shrub are spear-shaped and exhibit a glossy, grey-green colour and irregular cream margins. This evergreen shrub species typically grows to heights of about 40 inches, and is also known as Hebe "Tricolor" and "Variegata."
Winter Daphne, scientific name Daphne odora, is a low-growing evergreen shrub that blooms with fragrant, rose-purple flowers February through March. Another late-winter-blooming Daphne species, D. mezereon, is known as February Daphne, and this specimen produces pinkish-purple flowers on bare, upright stems before the blue-green leaves of this hearty shrub branch out. Both of these winter-blooming Daphne species grow to reach heights of about 4 feet and are susceptible to overwatering.
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