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Believe it or not, a lot of plants can and do grow well in the generally cold and snowy month of February. From spring and summer flowers, and vegetables, to shrubs, herbs, and even fruit, our list of the best plants for February may surprise you.


Swiss chard growing in raised beds(late winter/early spring).

Even though it can still be bitter cold, there are several vegetables that do well during February. And, if you live in a colder than average area, you can, at the very least, take advantage of this frosty month to get your seedlings and bulbs ready for the later spring months (March, April, and May), rather than do any actual planting.

The best vegetables to plant in February include(but are far from limited to):

If it stops snowing by March or April where you live, onions and spinach may also be good for plating in your early spring garden.


Late winter/early spring strawberries.

Granted, being on the tail end of winter, and often one of the coldest months of the winter at that, fruit is not exactly what most gardeners have on their minds for plating in February. That said, for those who want to get spring and summer fruits in the ground, mid to late February is an excellent time to start various types of fruit.

The best fruit to plant in February is:


Early spring lily.

When it comes to getting busy in the yard and garden in early spring, most gardeners use the time to plant flowers, and prep landscaping/flower beds for the coming months. It is a great time for sewing flower seeds, setting blooming perennials, and planting flower bulbs.

The best flowers for planting in February are(just to name a few):

  • Azalea
  • Agapanthus
  • Begonias
  • Dahlias
  • Dusty Miller
  • Geraniums
  • Gardenia
  • Galanthus
  • Gladiolus
  • Gloriosa
  • Impatients
  • Lily
  • Pansy
  • Snapdragons
  • Sweetpea
  • Violas

The majority of the above-listed flowers do just fine outdoors in early-early spring, especially bulbs and perennials. Some of the more delicate flowers, started from seed, may do better indoors during February. You can acclimate them to the outside when they are ready.


Basil, parsley, and lavender.

Herbs, one of our favorite things to grow, are also ready for planting in the early spring. In fact, some of them downright thrive during this first grow season.

The best herbs for planting in February include(but are not limited to):

What Do You Plant in February?

As promised, there are loads of planting to do in February. Hopefully our list helps you come up with some good plans for your garden.

If you think planting is out of the question for you, fear not, it is also an excellent time of the year for working on other projects such as garden beds, landscaping, greenhouses, bird feeders, rose pruning, and general garden planning.

What sort of plants, or yard and garden work in general, do you do in February? We would love to hear about/see it in the comments section below!

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Thanks for reading – good luck with your planting this February!

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