10 plants blooming in winter gardens

Nature never sleeps. And when we can’t take a break from cold temperatures, there are plants that can colour our winter garden.

Winter is getting closer. Lush and colourful plants are replaced by an increasingly dull landscape that, due to frigid temperatures, will be the same until spring comes. But not everything is intended to die in the winter; actually, there are plants that show the best of themselves during cold months. Here are a few that you can easily grow in your garden:




holly berries
Red berries are exclusively produced by female holly plants grown near male plants © whitehouseonpark.com


This medium-sized to big shrub is used as an ornament in Christmas time but, thanks to its bright green leaves and vibrant red berries, holly is one of the most beautiful plants in winter gardens.




There are many varieties of witch-hazel including those with orange, pink or red flowers


All the varieties of this plant, except for the hamamelis virginiana, bloom from January on and their peculiarity is that the flowers blossom on bare branches. This is a very resistant shrub with many amazing beneficial properties.




Snowdrops survives frigid temperatures and it’s easy to grow


It’s the so-called “February flower”, but due to climate change sometimes it blooms from January to mid-March. Galanthus nivalis (its scientific name) is a trumpet flower with three white and delicate petals.


Ice flower


ice flower
Ice flowers appear only when it blossoms, so, during the winter © www.jardindesplantes.net


To be precise the species blooming in the winter is Chimonanthus praecox and its yellow scented flowers blossom from bare branches from February to March. Thanks to its cold resistance, this plant can be grown in cold regions. The scent of its flowers remembers that of jasmine.




Camellia has a long life cycle, so, it blossoms every year


The most spread varieties are Camellia Japonica and Sasanqua. These are plants that tolerate cold weather, but ice can damage the flowers. So, it’s advisable to put them under cover, at least when they’re blooming.


Wild cabbage


wild cabbage
Wild cabbage doesn’t require special care and it’s easy to plant


It’s not edible and it’s only used as an ornament. Its shape is similar to that of edible cabbages but its colours are bright and vibrant.




Cyclamen blossoms in late winter or autumn © www.californiagardens.co.uk


The most common species of cyclamin found in Southern Europe is Persicum, endemic to the East. Its flowers bloom for a few weeks from September to March and their colour ranges from pink to red.




Heath is an evergreen plant but it blooms only in autumn or winter


The variety of heath blooming in the winter is “Erica Gracilis”, recognisable from its needle-shaped bright green leaves. Its flowers are so cold-resistant that they live till the end of the winter.


Christmas rose


christmas rose
Christmas rose brings a touch of light and colour to the dullest gardens ©extension.missouri.edu


Also known as hellebore, its flower bloom from December to January, weather permitting. Actually, it’s a very delicate plant that requires special care.




To make sure that the pansies produce a lot of flowers, place them in a sunny place


Wild pansies and horned pansies are two hybrid varieties blooming from September/October to March. This plant survives frigid temperatures but frost can damage it, so it’s advisable to wrap it in non-woven fabric to protect it.

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