Don't let the colour in your garden fade and disappear with the daylight hours, these plants will bring interest, colour and cheer during the long grey days of Winter too.
The nice thing about plants for winter colour is that many are scented.
So Don't forget the planting plan to bring colour and texture into your garden.
These plants will bring interest and colour to any garden during the long grey days of Winter.
Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic'. In winter its curly branches are covered with pink catkins, followed by purple leaves in spring and red nuts in summer. Height and spread 2.5m x 2.5m
Algerian iris, Iris unguicularis has beautiful lavender-blue blooms, which make good cut flowers . Height and spread 30cm x 80cm
Christmas rose, Helleborus niger has white saucer flowers, which flush pink as they age Height and spread 30cm x 45cm.
Abeliophyllum distichum– fragrant white flowers in February. Height 2m (6½ft)
Japanese wineberry, Ubus phoenicolasius it's related to the raspberry and in winter, the bristly rust-red stems really stand out. Height and spread 2m x 1m
White forsythia, beliophyllum distichum is the most elegant of winter plants with white, scented stars on bare branches between January and March. Height and spread 1.5m x 1.5m.
Daphne mezereum– purple-red flowers in February–April. Good in chalky soil. Height 1.5m (5ft)
Hamamelis × intermedia – several cultivars; fragrant yellow or orange flowers between December and March. Height 1.8–3m (6–10ft).
Winter honeysuckle Lonicera x purpusii 'Winter Beauty' Yes it's a shrub, not a climber with white flowers in December and honey perfume until March. Height and spread 2m x 2m.
Arbutus unedo AGM – white or tinged pink flowers between October and December. Height 4.5-6m (15-20ft)
Elaeagnus pungens'Maculata' (v) AGM – small, silvery white flowers between October and January. Height 4.5m (8-15ft)
Mahonia × media 'Charity' AGM – yellow spikes of flowers in November and December. Height 3-4.5m (10-15ft)
Christmas camellia Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide' flowers on Christmas Day, it's festive scarlet and gold coloured flowers are scented Height and spread 2m x 1.5m
Clematis cirrhosa– cream flowers from November to March. Height 4m (13ft)
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearicaAGM – cream spotted red/maroon flowers from November to March. Height 4m (13ft)
Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' AGM – cream flecked maroon/violet flowers from November to March. Height 4m (13ft)
Bergenia – several species/cultivars with pink or white flowers from January to April. Height: 20-40cm (8-15in)
Helleborus nigerAGM – white flowers from December to March. Height 30-45cm (1ft-18in)
Iris unguicularis AGM – lilac flowers from October to March. Height 22cm (9in)
Eranthis hyemalisAGM – yellow flowers from January to March. Height 15cm (6in)
Galanthus nivalisAGM – white flowers from January to February. Height 7–10cm (3–4in
Squill 'Tubergenian, Scilla mischtschenkoana 'Tubergeniana' Has dainty ice-blue flowers between January and March. Height and spread 15cm x 5cm)
Scilla mischtschenkoana ‘Tubergeniana’ (syn. S. tubergeniana) AGM – pale blue flowers in February. Height: 10–15cm (4–6in)
The majority of winter plants can be bought container grown and planted at any time of the year. But from November try to get bare rooted and root wrapped plants. These are much cheaper so save money. It is possible to plant at any time during the winter providing the soil isn't frozen solid or waterlogged. Prepare light sandy and heavy clay soils with bulky organic matter - well-rotted manure, compost, leaf-mould, composted bark.On clay soils improve the drainage by digging in plenty of sharp sand or grit.
Containers Nearly all winter-flowering plants can be grown in large containers. This makes it easy moving them close to windows and doors in fact it's a good idea to plant your winter plants close to the house as.many produce flowers with a lovely scent. Mix in plants with colourful leaves and evergreen foliage, berries and seed heads can make lovely natural Christmas decoration.
hanging baskets / shade / herbaceous borders / clay / windowboxes / pathways / Winter colour / dry / sandy soil / chalky soil / slopes / bog gardens / carnvourouse / ground cover / Low maintenance plants