By the time December rolls around, many gardeners are already starting to feel a void now that their gardens have gone to sleep. Luckily, there is a dazzling array of winter flowering plants that are available at this time of year – each guaranteed to wake up indoor landscapes and lift the spirits of any furloughed gardener.
From garden centers to big box stores to grocery stores — winter blooming plants seem to be everywhere in December. But not all offerings are equal. Since most winter flowers have been brought into bloom under tropical conditions closer to their native habitats, plants that didn’t receive the best of care along the way won’t last as long as those that were treated more protectively.