The best plants for winter garden colour

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Fill your winter garden with scent, colour and silhouette! Don’t let the garden go bare and dormant over the cold months. With these winter-flowering plants you will be sure to brighten up your pots and flower borders in no time.

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Heather

The best plants for winter garden colour

Winter-flowering heather is a brilliant plant for low-growing texture. It also looks fantastic in pots and comes with pink, white and purple flowers.

Japanese quince

The best plants for winter garden colour

Also known as chaenomeles, this is a hardy woody shrub. It possesses thorny branches that bear cup-shaped flowers in winter aswell as early spring.

Winter aconites

The best plants for winter garden colour

This plant has lovely yellow flowers and are suited to growing underneath deciduous trees and shrubs. They prefer rich, moist soil.

Pansies

The best plants for winter garden colour

Winter-flowering pansies are a gardener’s staple – ideal for filling pots and window boxes for a flash of colour to be seen from indoors.

Cyclamen

The best plants for winter garden colour

Cyclamen are winter heroes that can be brought to flower from autumn to spring. The flowers come in a variety of red, pink and white shades. These look fantastic in pots or planted under trees.

Helleborus

The best plants for winter garden colour

Hellebores are often known as the Christmas Rose because they can flower in midwinter. Look out for H. Orientalis varieties in white, green and even dark red for spectacular colour.

Dogwood

The best plants for winter garden colour

Cornus is a small woody shrub grown for its colourful bare stems in winter. Look for C. alba sibirica for red stems and C. sericea ‘Flaviramea’ for yellow bark.

Viburnum

The best plants for winter garden colour

There are a huge range of viburnum plants for winter colour. Look out for evergreen varieties like V. burkwoodii. Else, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is also brilliant deciduous shrub with strongly scented pink flowers.

Witch hazel

The best plants for winter garden colour

Witch hazel is grown for the wiry flowers it bears along the branches, while Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ has red flowers, ‘Jelena’ is coppery coloured and ‘Pallida’ is best for yellow.

Mahonia

The best plants for winter garden colour

A stunning range of evergreen shrubs commonly known as barberry. They bear sunny yellow flower spires above a foliage of rich green leaves.

Winter cherry

The best plants for winter garden colour

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Prunus subhirtella autumnalis (winter-flowering cherry) is an ornamental cherry tree that bears pale pink flowers from late autumn to early spring.

Snowdrops

The best plants for winter garden colour

Snowdrops can be the first flowers to open in the new year and grow happily under trees and shrubs. Look for Galanthus nivalis for a woodland style, and elegant G. ‘Magnet’ for flowers that dance in the breeze.

Winter jasmine

The best plants for winter garden colour

Winter jasmine (jasminum nudiflorum) is a scrambling plant with yellow star-shaped leaves that can be trained easily with wires or trellis as a climber. These are perfect for archways or just scrambling over low walls.

Daffodils

The best plants for winter garden colour

Some daffodils come up so early they can bloom in winter. Look out for Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ from January onwards, and ‘February Gold’ that flowers slightly later.

Crocus

The best plants for winter garden colour

Crocus flowers are a sign that winter is fading and spring is coming. Their upright, cup-shaped flowers look great in pots and borders, and poking up among the lawn.

Chionodoxa

The best plants for winter garden colour

Glory of the Snow can flower even when there is snow on the ground. Grow C. luciliae for star-shaped blue or pink flowers with white centres.

Daphne

The best plants for winter garden colour

This shrub has intensely fragrant flowers in winter and early spring. Look for D. odora and D. bholua and grow near gates and doorways.

Clematis

The best plants for winter garden colour

Cirrhosa is a winter-flowering evergreen clematis. C. cirrhosa var. purparescens ‘Freckles’ flowers first with creamy bell-shaped flowers and speckled petals. You can also try the Mallorcan C. cirrhosa var. Balearica.

Iris unguicularis

The best plants for winter garden colour

Also known as the Algerian iris, these plants produce perfumed violet flowers with yellow and white patterns.

Sarcococca

The best plants for winter garden colour

Commonly known as sweet box, its intense fragrance can be detected from across the garden. It produces tiny perfumed creamy flowers in winter followed by shiny black berries.

Stachyurus praecox

The best plants for winter garden colour

This large deciduous shrub has drooping racemes of flowers in winter which are very popular with pollinators. This hardy, low-maintenance plant can grow to 4m tall.

For more winter info, check out my guide to frost prediction here:

Or check out my Pinterest board for more ideas:

The best plants for winter garden colour

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  1. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Julie October 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm – Reply

    These flowers all look beautiful, I have always been a sucker for heather to be honest. Thanks for a great article.

  2. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Kate December 2, 2017 at 3:21 am – Reply

    Thanks for this. I’m going to look for some of these this week!

  3. The best plants for winter garden colour

    I really like the post, thanks. These are some really great options for a winter garden.

  4. The best plants for winter garden colour

    I loved the simplicity of this article! Thanks so much for posting. Flowers are so beautiful.

  5. The best plants for winter garden colour

    James August 30, 2018 at 2:25 am – Reply

    I really appreciate the writing in this piece. Thanks for the flower pictures, David.

  6. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Ruell August 30, 2018 at 3:20 am – Reply

    Awesome! Does this also mean you can sow them in September?

    • The best plants for winter garden colour

      Will August 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm – Reply

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      Hi Ruell,

      Thanks for your comment. Not all of these can be sown in September unfortunately. Japanese Quince, Daphne and Winter aconites for example, must be sown around Spring. Crocus, heather and pansies can be sown in late September.

      I hope this helps!

  7. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Julie September 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm – Reply

    Thank you so much for the information. I was looking for something to put in a pot for some color during the winter months. I believe this has given me several very good Idea’s. It was also very easy to find. Thank you .

  8. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Shelly Norton February 17, 2019 at 8:10 pm – Reply

    Hi,

    What are the best plants you can plant in winter please. As in now TIL end of feb

    • The best plants for winter garden colour

      Will February 18, 2019 at 9:15 am – Reply

      Hi Shelly,

      Thanks for your comment. There are many great plants to put into the ground now. Try planting begonias, wintersweet, lilies and allium bulbs and deep-rooted roses.

      Check out my top plants for February colour blog for more! I hope this helps!

  9. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Derrick Isagba June 14, 2019 at 9:07 pm – Reply

    You have made some really great points here.

  10. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Julie August 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm – Reply

    I’m a real beginner when it comes to flowers, if I liked the look of it I would buy it not really knowing how to care for it. Since I’ve found your garden tips it’s really helped me loads. Thanks a million

  11. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Fiona September 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm – Reply

    Just the site I have been looking for dad has dementia and I like flowers for all seasons so he can look out and see them

  12. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Mary Hanway-Magee September 10, 2019 at 9:50 pm – Reply

    This information is great, I will be shopping soon, look forward my winter blooms for my tired garden

  13. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Christine Lewis March 1, 2020 at 12:20 pm – Reply

    I have some of the plants on your list and my garden is starting to get colourful despite the cold strong winds we are having, there are some of the fencing posts loose now needing attention but otherwise a little bit of tidying will be welcome for the spring.

  14. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Benita Montes May 12, 2020 at 4:45 am – Reply

    I love spring gardening , but I m planning on December Gardening too , Thanks for the information you provided .

  15. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Kimberly Mitchum July 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm – Reply

    Good information, great pictures

  16. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Bunyipp July 17, 2020 at 2:23 pm – Reply

    Thank you for the eady read info. I look forward to a blooming wintery garden.

  17. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Bunyipp July 17, 2020 at 2:24 pm – Reply

    Thank you for the easy read info. I look forward to a blooming wintery garden.

  18. The best plants for winter garden colour

    Samuel July 21, 2020 at 12:45 pm – Reply

    You are the best when it comes to flowers thank you!!!!

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