The weather in Texas winters is not always what you would expect. You can have a warm sunny day in which to garden and then wake up the next day to find it’s snowing! So what should you do if you want to plant something that will survive these conditions? Well, there are several winter-friendly plants that can thrive no matter what happens outside your window. Keep reading for our list of favorites!

Winter is the best time to plant in Texas.

Winter is the best time to plant in Texas. The ground is still warm, the soil is not frozen, and it’s not too wet. You can plant many plants any time of year if you live in a warmer climate. But if you live in an area that gets cold during winter months and has freezing temperatures, now is a good time to get your garden started before winter hits.

Plants that thrive when planted directly into the ground can be planted as soon as they are purchased or while they are still dormant (so long as they don’t have buds or blooms). Plants like roses and tomatoes should be planted once they begin budding out so they can grow up before winter hits again next year when those buds will need protection from frostbite damage caused by low temperatures coming down with raindrops—it’s not necessary for them to grow tall stems first before being transplanted into containers filled with potting mix!

Winter Honeysuckle

Winter honeysuckle is a flowering shrub that can grow up to 20 feet tall. It’s hardy to zone 5, meaning it can survive in cold winters. This evergreen shrub has fragrant white flowers and is a pollinator attractor.

Because of its compact size and easy care requirements, winter honeysuckle makes an excellent plant for small spaces such as patios or decks. It also needs little maintenance and will withstand drought conditions once established (though regular irrigation will help it thrive).

If you’re looking for an attractive plant that attracts hummingbirds to your garden during the winter months, consider adding winter honeysuckle to your landscape!

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a plant that loves the cold weather. It’s native to North America, but you can grow it in your garden year-round. It’s got a lot of uses, too—including in your garden! Here are some basic facts about witch hazel:

Witch hazel likes full sun, so if you live in Texas or other hot climates, this is the plant for you. It’ll thrive in wet areas with soil that drains quickly and has good drainage overall.

Witch hazel is easy to care for—just water regularly and make sure it gets enough nutrients from the soil.


Petunias are a favorite with many gardeners, especially those in Texas. Petunias varieties come in a multitude of colors that range from purple and pink to white and yellow. It’s easy to grow petunias and they are very popular with butterflies. You can plant them in your garden or in containers on your porch or patio; they’re also excellent for use as ground cover plants along walkways or fences.

Petunias are annual plants that grow very well in hot, humid climates. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Water them regularly during the growing season, but don’t over-water them, especially if you’re using containers. Once you plant petunias, they should bloom for most of the summer with minimal care on your part.


The snapdragon is a classic winter flower. It’s easy to grow and thrives in the winter, so it’s a great choice for any gardener who wants to add some color to their yard or containers. Snapdragons are also great for pollinators: butterflies and bees love them! You can grow snapdragons from seed or cuttings, but they’re not picky about where you plant them: they’ll do well indoors or outdoors.

Snapdragons are annual plants, which means they only live for one year. After that first year, the flowers will die and you’ll need to start over with new seeds or cuttings. If you want to plant them again in late summer or early fall, however, they’ll come back in spring.


Pansies are a great winter plant for Texas. They can be planted in fall or in winter, making them easy to grow and a good choice for beginners. Pansies are beautiful flowers that produce bright colors that make any garden stand out. The plants have small flowers on the end of long stems, which makes them perfect for cutting!

They come in a variety of colors, including yellow, purple, red and white. The pansies are also very versatile; they can be planted in containers or beds.

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet alyssum, or Lobularia maritima, is a plant that can be grown in containers and indoors when the weather warms up. It’s also a great outdoor winter perennial in Texas—it thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. This hardy annual will grow quickly from seed and produces fragrant yellow flowers that are perfect for hanging baskets or groundcover. One of the best things about sweet alyssum is its ability to cope with drought conditions: it needs little water once established, but does need consistent moisture during germination.

Ornamental Kale and Cabbage

Ornamental kale and cabbage can be planted in the fall or winter. These cool season plants are attractive to wildlife, and they require little care. Ornamental kale is hardier than ornamental cabbage. You can plant it in your garden or container garden from September through December, or keep it growing all winter long if you live in a mild climate like ours here in Texas!

If you want to add some color to your yard this winter, then these plants are just what you’re looking for. Ornamental kale comes in many different colors and varieties that will brighten up any space. If you’re looking for something purple then ‘Black Tuscan Kale’ is perfect! It has dark green leaves with purple stems and veins throughout them so they really stand out against other foliage around the yard too, while still being attractive at closer distances too (like when someone walks past). Other colors include white/green combinations like ‘White Russian’ which features white leaves with green stems; yellow/green combinations such as ‘Bright Lights F1 Hybrid Mix’ which has yellowish-green leaves mixed together with deep green hues along their edges; red/purple mixes such as “Red Giant F1 Hybrid Mix” which shows off beautiful shades of red mixed throughout its petals – this one might even be better than black tuscan since it doesn’t need much light exposure either!


There are many great plants you can grow in the winter, but it’s important to know what kind of climate you have before choosing. If your winter is mild and rainy, there are more options for you. If your winters are cold with only occasional snow, then choose wisely when deciding which plants will survive. The key thing to remember is that even if a plant isn’t hardy enough for your area, there are still ways to keep it alive during winter months!

Petunias are also very easy to care for. They don’t require much water or fertilizer, and they don’t have any serious disease problems. You can even grow them in containers on your deck or patio, which makes them great for apartment dwellers who don’t have access to a yard. Improve your winter garden today with Splendid Gardens.

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