Top Plants for Winter & Early Spring Interest

Alison
Plan Your Garden, Plants

While I write this, I am sitting out in the garden in the early morning September sunshine, and winter seems a long way away!

Holly
Holly

But September and October are planting months, and following on from our blog post on top plants for Autumn colour, we’ve shared here some ideas for plants that will give a good display of colour in winter and/or early spring.

Never think that a garden in winter must look dull!  There are plenty of plants around which flower during the winter months and the berries of plants can also make you garden look vibrant, even in the depths of winter.

Evergreen Shrubs with Berries

Pyracantha
Pyracantha

Hollies

Pyracantha

Cotoneaster

Evergreen Shrubs with Flowers

Mahonia

Daphne odora
Daphne odora

Daphne (e.g. Daphne bholua with wonderful scent or Daphne odora)

Sarcococca confusa

some Viburnums

Lonicera x purpusii (semi evergreen, a bit of a thug, but wonderful fragrance)

Erica carnea

Winter Jasmine
Winter Jasmine

Deciduous Shrubs with Flowers

Viburnum x bodnantense

Hamamelis mollis

Winter Jasmine

Clematis armandii
Clematis armandii

Climbers

Clematis armandii

Clematis cirrhosa (both evergreen)

Evergreen Perennials

Bergenia
Bergenia

Helleborus niger and orientalis

Bergenia

Herbaceous Perennials

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’

Primroses

Candytuft
Candytuft

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Bulbs and Corms

Cyclamen coum

Snowdrops

Winter flowering Crocus

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata and danfordiae

September and October are wonderful planting months as all the new seasons plants become available in the garden centres and nurseries.

Keeeeep Planting!

 

Image Credits: martinrstone (Iris reticulata), jack berry (Holly) D H Wright (Pyracantha), peganum (Daphne), amandabhslater (Winter Jasmine), Hunda (Clematis), Morgaine (Bergenia), TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) (Candytuft)

 

 

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