Beautiful Winter Aconite Plants In Your Garden
Every gardener has that moment in late winter, after the excitement of early season catalogs has subsided, when the thought “Is spring ever going to come?” keeps surfacing. There are ways to hurry the process along and winter aconite plants is an excellent one. Winter aconite plants frequently come up through the snow, don’t mind a small amount of frost and will open their buttercup-like blooms at the earliest chance. Unlike tulips and crocus, winter aconite plants aren’t actually bulbs at all but tubers. These fleshy roots store moisture and food for the plant’s growth and hibernation over the winter just like a bulb does. They should be planted late in the fall at the same time you dig in the other spring-flowering bulbs. These small tubers need to be well-protected from harsh winter weather, so plant them about 5 inches deep from the base of the tuber to the surface of the soil. Winter aconite is a small plant, no more than 4 inches across for most plants, so don’t worry about crowding them out in the garden bed.
Plant them about 6 inches apart to allow room for spreading, and bury them in groups of odd numbers for the most attractive display. Early in the spring, you’ll see green shoots appear, then shortly after you’ll find bright yellow flowers that look like tiny buttercups. These blooms are no more than an inch across and are held about 3 to 4 inches above the ground. The growing winter aconite plants will fade away after a few days, leaving an attractive crop of foliage to cover spring mud until later flowers appear.