If you are an avid or novice gardener, you are probably not looking forward to the dreary months when other gardeners lock their tools away and look forward to spring. You may be wondering what to plant in winter. Fortunately, there are plants that can survive and even thrive in seemingly inhospitable weather. Planting winter vegetables and flowers can provide food and brighten an otherwise dreary yard while providing an enjoyable project for the colder months. If you are wondering what to plant in winter, consider the following:

Camellia

This rose-like flower blooms from the end of fall all the way through to the start of spring. The Camellia’s brilliantly-colored flowers and shiny evergreen leaves will stand out in your yard during the coldest part of the year. They will need lots of sun but should be sheltered from the wind. Note that these flowers do not grow quickly, so you will have to be patient.

Holly

The most well known variety of these plants offers a distinctive combination of red berries and deep green glossy leaves. However, there are hundreds of varieties including some with variegated leaves or yellow berries. Holly is an evergreen and can grow in any part of the United States. They are perfect for hedges and are easy to maintain.

Mahonia

These are shrubs that produce bright yellow flowers from December through to March. It is a favorite of hummingbirds and can grow as high as 15 feet.

Hellebore

This flowering plant is renowned for being able to withstand the harshest frost that winter can throw at it. The blooms can last for months and there is a wide range of options available; you can get it in white, red, purple and blue, among other colors. The variations extend to the shape of the flowers as well. Buy it when it is in bloom to make sure that you are getting the flower you want.

 Winter Shelling Peas

These peas are higher in folate than many other varieties. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C and iron. Winter shelling peas come in varieties that may be grown on a trellis and bushy varieties that do not need a supporting structure. The plant is resistant to freezing and shoots may be planted at any point between October and January, depending on where you live.

Spinach

This vegetable is hardy and resistant to cold weather. It may be planted in fall and winter as well as in the spring. It contains more vitamins and minerals than most other types of greens and is as easy to grow as lettuce. Spinach plants may be protected with thick mulch during the winter.

The question of what to plant in winter does not have to be a difficult one. The plants listed above are just a few of the many plants that do well in the season’s harshness. If you choose your plants carefully, you can beautify your yard and harvest fresh vegetables even in the coldest part of the year.