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Plant Flowers that Bloom in Winter
According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho sit in Zone 7b. Hardiness Zones are designated according to the extreme average temperature a particular area is known to receive.
It stands to reason that if we get a particularly cold winter that stays below zero for days and weeks at a time, many plants will die or suffer regardless of the zone designation. Lucky for us, and our gardens, that doesn’t happen too often.
Plant outdoors with these winter bloomers that operate easily in Zone 7b.
Winter jasmine, known as Jasminum nudiflorum, blooms in January and makes a great mid-winter color splash. Plant it against retaining walls and banked areas. Meets hardiness in USDA Zones 6 through 10.
Hellebore, or Helleborus niger, is called the Christmas, and are a perfect choice for a touch of garden color during the holiday months. Give them dappled sun and organic, moist soil and they’ll thrive. Colors range in whites, pinks, rose red, burgundies, and pale greens. Meets hardiness in USDA Zones 4 through 8.
Jacqueline Postill falls into the daphne family and is called Daphne Bholua. This is a flowering shrub grown easily in the Himalayas and its neighboring mountain ranges starting at about 5577ft. According to Wikipedia Albuquerque runs from 4900 feet above sea level at the Rio Grande up to 6900 ft above sea level at the Sandia foothills making this fragrant, beautiful flowering shrub a perfect choice for Albuquerque’s NE Heights neighborhoods. Noted as USDA Zones 7 through 9.
'Jelena' Witchhazel,also labeled Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena', delivers a coppery red flower and begin blooming as early as January. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 8, the shrub will also display red-orange foliage during the fall season.
As always, check with your property manager before planting and always follow the planting and maintenance directions provided by the garden expert you purchase from. You may be able to plant these in large pots and move them indoors during below zero weather.