Purple Winter Flowers

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Purple Winter Flowers
Winter can be a time of colourful, purple blooms when you grow winter flowers in the garden. (winter image by Manfred Sutor from Fotolia.com)

Winter doesn't have to be the end of your garden, and there's no reason it should put a damper on weeding or decorating plants. Purple winter flowers bring bright colour to the season of snow, adding life to gardens and bringing sweetness to any formal event where cut flowers are desired. Discover types of purple winter flowers that bloom when other garden plants are dead and dormant.

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Tulips

Plant purple tulips in October to watch them blossom during the winter months. The top, or "nose" of the bulb should be exposed just above the surface of the dirt. Tulip bulbs should be kept below a temperature of 18.3 degrees C at all times, and the soil should never become dry.

Freshly-planted tulip bulbs must be kept cold (1.66 to 8.88 degrees C) for at least 12 weeks, so allow the pots to sit outside while they grow or place them in a refrigerator. If tulips are planted around October 1, they should be ready for removal from the cold near Christmastime. Pots may then be brought inside where they will flower in 3 to 4 weeks.

Purple Winter Flowers
Purple tulips will flower in the winter if planted and grown under the right conditions. (purple and white tulip image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

Violas

Johnny jump-ups are a type of small, purple viola, members of the pansy plant family. Plant these types of pansies in your garden in the late summer to watch them bloom in the fall and winter. Unlike many flowers, Johnny jump-ups actually grow better in cold climates. Violas that bloom in summer will have a wilted, limp appearance. Plant violas in full sunlight or light shade. The plant will survive winter well, blooming repeatedly to add vivid colour to your garden beds.

Purple Winter Flowers
Purple violas will bloom in winter gardens even in cold weather conditions. (Violas image by Rob Duffy from Fotolia.com)

Cyclamen

Cyclamen flowers grow with a rich, vivid purple colour. The flowers appear at the end of 6- to 8-inch stems. Cyclamens are common potted plants, but they may also be placed in the garden to offer winter colour in cold weather. Plant cyclamen tubers on top of moist, well-draining soil. Plant cyclamen flowers in late October or early November to enjoy purple winter flowers even during the cold months of the year.

Purple Winter Flowers
Bright purple cyclamen blossoms will flower in winter gardens. (cyclamen image by Srecko Stipovic from Fotolia.com)

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