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19 Gorgeous Winter Flowering Plants For Display

This is a call for all of you flower lovers out there. There is no need to put your gardening tools away this winter! Why have a boring dormant garden, when you can decorate it many cheerful flower specimens? You might be thinking “Wait a second, plants die in the cold.” Yes, a big part of the representatives of the plant species go into a dormant mode during the winter, but not all of them.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the different winter flowering plants that you can grow in your garden during the chillier months. You’re going to be amazed by the wide variety of options and colour choices that winter plants come in.

Your Winter Blooming Flower Options

We have prepared a list of 19 top winter-flowering plant possibilities out there and their individual requirements in terms of  care:

Winter Jasmine

This plant has vine stems and flowers in an acid-yellow colour in November. If you want to train it, you need to cut it back right after flowering. Grow in a well-drained soil with a sheltered position in sun or partial shade.

Witch Hazel

The funny looking flower blossoms in the first weeks of January. It doesn’t have exactly petals – the flowers are spidery looking and a sulphur-yellow in colour. The plant needs to be positioned in a sunny space, as it can become straggly in shade. Remember to avoid exposed and windy positions.


This sort of flower comes in a wide range of colours – from white to a vibrant pink. The plants blooming period starts in September and ends in October. It likes its soil well-drained. Camellias aren’t big fans of winter, so make sure to keep its pot warm.


Dogwood is a beautiful orange (or pink) coloured plant with shot-silk twigs. It doesn’t require a lot of attention. Make sure to plant it in a sunnier spot in your garden and thin its shoots lightly. Never ever cut back hard dogwood.


The mahonia plant is an evergreen shrub with leathery and pinnate leaves. It has fragrant yellow flowers surrounded by purplish berries. It grows best in a woodland setting, sheltered and exposed to the sun.


This winter-blooming flower is silver-washed, with a serrated foliage and white saucers, which fades to a light pink in mid-winter. It needs to be planted in a raised flower bed around a shady spot in your garden.


The pansies petals are heart-shaped and come in countless colours and patterns. You can grow them in containers or around borders. They like the chilly weather, however, demand a lot of sunlight.


Honeywort has leathery grey/green leaves and small blue to purple bracts. It tolerates drought and can be planted in a container or into the ground. It prefers a richer soil and a lot of sunlight.


Snowdrops are small bell-shaped winter flowering plants. They need to be planted partly-shaded in a position and in a moist, but well-drained soil. They blossom between January and March.


This winter flowering plant has small abundant flower and it comes in a wide range of colours. You can let it grow in a hanging baster a or window box. Violas like the sun, but not the heat, which makes it the perfect winter-blooming flower.

Winter honeysuckle

This type of honeysuckle has creamy white flowers and possesses a very strong fragrance.

Plant at any time in good loamy, moist, and well-drained soil. It requires full sun to partial shade. Avoid wet conditions.

Sweet box

Sweet box, also known as winter box, is an evergreen shrub. Plant it in a shadier spot in your garden. The winter flowering plant doesn’t do that good under direct sunlight, but it can tolerate it. Keep the soil damp.

Skimmia japonica

Skimmias are evergreen multi-season plants that do especially good in winter. The shrub has fragrant white or yellowish flowers and red berries. Plant skimmia in a shady spot. It can also tolerate positions in deep shade. Avoid planting it in a full sun place. It prefers neutral and acidic soils.

English daisy

English daisies have a yellow centre and delicate petal that can be white, pink and even red. They need a lot of sunlight and a moist environment, free from winter frost.


This winter flowering bush has olive-green leaves and is ideal for clipping into tight shapes. The plants strive in a well-drained, not dry soil that is on the acidic side. Place in an area with full sun exposure. Most hollies are very tolerant and will grow well even in part shade or in a dry soil.

Heavenly bamboo

The Heavenly bamboo has slim canes, a bit like a bamboo, an airy cut foliage, and is decorated with red berries. It prefers acid to neutral soil, but it can do well in more moist conditions. Don’t let it become waterlogged in winter. For the best colour effect, plant in the sun.


This type of shrub has flowers consisting of two sets of petals: the outer ones a thin, translucent, pale yellow, while the inner ones have purple streaks. It prefers a well-drained garden soil, which can even be on the chalky side. Plant it in a sunny, sheltered position near a south wall.


The viburnum is winter flowering plant part of the evergreen or deciduous shrub family. It has very fragrant flowers in cream, pink or white that grow in clusters. It also has poisonous berries, which can be red, black or blue. The shrub likes moist and well-drained fertile soil. You can plant in the sun or in partial shade.

Winter heath

The Winter heath is a bushy-like plant with small magenta buds. It prefers moist and free-draining acidic soil. You can plant them in a rock garden or in a pot inside your home. The winter heath bush is really low maintenance, just make sure to water it regularly.

Told you that you are going to be surprised by all the winter flowering plant options! With a bit of planning ahead and some patience, your yard can become the envy of the neighbourhood this winter gardening season. So, roll up those sleeves, sharpen your gardening tools and let your inner landscape designer go wild!


And why not share your experience with winter flowering plants? Do you have any other favourites? Have you had luck in getting the above to bloom in winter? Let us know in the comments below.

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