There is something about a winter day that can just pull the energy right out of you. The landscape is a little bleak, barren and colorless. The cold wind is blowing and the sky is the same color as the bark of the bare trees. There are days when a little color can make a huge difference in altering our mood and attitude. Bring some color to the day with a few flowers. It is easy to pick up flowers from your local florist, drop them in a vase and enjoy. Choose your blooms carefully to achieve the desired results, as color can influence mood. Don’t worry about following rules, go with your instinct and pick what you like.

Yellow, orange, red and hot pink are examples of colors that can excite and invigorate. Indulge in these and your mood will improve noticeably. Flowers available in these hues include: lilies, roses, ranunculus and carnations.

Bright spring green and yellow paired with vibrant blue lifts spirits and calms the soul. Delphinium, hydrangea and gerbera daisies can bring a smile to a stressed out winter face.

A visit to a botanical garden can also warm and refresh the winter weary body. The warm humid air of the greenhouse and the scent of humus will be a welcome change from the outdoor climate. Walking among the plants with their lush foliage and vibrant flowers are a treat for all the senses. Some botanical gardens feature different types of gardens so visitors can experience desert plants, tropical plants and even alpine specimens. No matter where the plants are meant to grow, they can work magic on a winter psyche.

Do you have a friend who needs a lift? Send flowers or a blooming plant to him or her. Receiving flowers is a mood lifter. Rutgers research proves it.  Or, bring home a beautiful bouquet of hand-tied flowers and a positive reaction is almost guaranteed.

Blah winter days make us yearn for a little color. Filling the void with flowers or blooming plants make our days a little brighter.

What flowers and plants make you smile in the winter?