Gorgeous Plants for Your Winter Garden

Last Updated on December 20, 2014

 Gorgeous Plants for Your Winter Garden

It’s a pretty common myth that you just have to succumb to winter and not have any beauty in your garden until the frost clears and Spring returns. You can embrace this season and enjoy your garden, and you can still have some great plants to admire, too!

Witch Hazel
Zones: 4-8
Issues: none known.

Witch Hazel is a shrub that is used in many home remedies, but it also blooms very early on, even with snow on the ground. It has sweetly scented pale yellow flowers.

Rock Cotoneaster
Zone: 4-7
Issues:  Dense foliage can present maintenance problems.

Rockspray cotoneaster is a spreading deciduous shrub which features five-petaled, small pink flowers in early summer, bright scarlet berries in late summer to fall and tiny, rounded, lustrous, dark green leaves that turn reddish-purple in fall.

Winter-blooming Heaths
Zones: 5-7, but can sometimes be found growing nicely in zone 3
Issues: needs acidic soil and constant weeding

 Winter-blooming heaths feature tiny flowers in white, pink, purple, or yellow and they look wonderful in lining rock gardens or walkways, especially with the pops of colours in the snow.

Holly Bush
Zones: 2-9
Issues: needs pruning and may succumb to strong frost if not wrapped against the cold.

Holy bushes are a famous winter plant, especially around Christmas. They are deep green and feature bright red, small berries that look magnificent in a dull setting, such as that often offered by winter weather.

Mountain Ash
Zones: 2-5
Issues: Likes acidic soil and full sun.

This tree is sometimes small enough, depending on variety, to also be considered a bush also produces berries that can feed birds, so you will have those to brighten up you winter wonderland, too.

Evergreen Hedges
Zones: all zones, depending on variety
 
Issues: needs trimming often

Add some colour to your flowerbeds by planting an evergreen hedge that lasts all year long. This makes your garden look wonderful all year long, but it also gives wildlife a place to hide from the winter weather. You can use large or dwarf hedges in just about any variety to achieve this look.

Trees

Don’t underestimate the beauty of fir and pine trees in winter. Snow falling on the branches can make any garden gorgeous, even if the garden itself is dormant. Maybe the key to a great winter garden isn’t just about the garden itself, but also appreciating the beauty of the season?

TIP: If you want a winter garden, plant in the Fall for most varieties to take hold and be ready for the cooler weather of winter.

 

9 thoughts on “Gorgeous Plants for Your Winter Garden

  1. Thanks for the recommendations. We still have to plan our small garden – after 2 yrs the builder has at least finished his part of the work! Our garden is north facing and gets hardly any sunlight, on top of that there’s also our super cold and icy winters to be considered – it’s going to be tough getting anything to grow there permanently 🙁

  2. I have never considered winter plants before. The garden and deck is quite bare during the winter months, so it would be quite nice to have something that will make it through the cold weather.

  3. These are great and simple, easy to find plant ideas that can make a wonderful winter garden or add winter interest to any garden, thank you! Indeed, never underestimate the power of evergreens! Some designers recommend at least half of your plant selections in your landscape be evergreen- even broadleaf evergreens if you live in a zone warm enough for them (example, Rhododendron Boursault is hardy to zone 4!).

    Winter bloomers are definitely a must. Hellebores are quickly becoming more and more known and for great reason, thank you for showcasing them in your article!

    And final thought: Just about any shrub or tree that hangs on to it’s berries throughout the winter is a major asset to the winter garden (and to wildlife). Beautiful bright red berries are a lovely sight in the winter and birds rely on them for food. They also make great additions to holiday decor!

    Spring comes quick, so it’s good to enjoy the winter while it’s here. Thank you again for this great article!

    -Anna
    Greenwood Nursery Team

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