Texas winters can be unpredictable. Some are mild. Others bring days when temperatures drop below freezing and flowers suffer frost damage. If you want color in your winter landscape, but are unsure of what to plant because you’re concerned about a hard freeze and dead plants, here are some hardy flowers to consider during the fickle winter months.

5 Colorful Winter Flowers for Your Landscape

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  • Pansies
  • Snapdragons
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Ornamental kale and cabbage
  • Petunias

Here’s a closer look at each.


Pansies are low-growing annuals that come in an assortment of colors.  You can choose a hue to complement your existing garden and landscape design, or opt for a variety of colors to give your flower beds a more random, wild look. And in case you didn’t know it, pansies are edible.


If you want to add some height to your landscape, snapdragons can be a great choice. They range from 12 to 36 inches and come in a variety of colors. These flowers require full sun to partial shade.

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet alyssum produces small clusters of tiny flowers in a range of colors, and thrives in full sun or partial shade. It does well in containers, but requires more attention when it comes to watering and fertilizing.

Ornamental Kale and Cabbage

These edible plants have frilly green leaves with purple, pink, or white ruffled rosettes at their centers, and their leafy circumference covers a lot of ground. Ornamental kale and cabbage require full sun and fertilizer to grow.


Petunias have large blooms that can add a splash of color to your landscape. You’ll be able to find them in yellow, shades of pink and violet, and white. There are also multi-colored varieties. Petunias are best grown as container flowers or in hanging baskets, but there is also a trailing variety that mingles well with fencing. These flowers enjoy full sun to partial shade.

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