With shorter days, longer nights and cold, rainy weather, it’s no wonder winter is seen as the dullest season of them all. But, it doesn’t have to be! We’ve plenty of plants in store to add texture, interest, and that much needed burst of bright colour to your winter borders and containers this month.
Hellebores are an excellent winter flower for any garden. Nicknamed the Christmas Rose, their stunning cup shaped flowers come in a range of colours from crisp white to rich mauve, depending on the variety, and they bloom well in to spring.
- Carex testacea
If you’re wanting colour, texture and to fill a large gap in your border then we recommend Carex testacea. Ticking all the boxes, this gorgeous olive green ornamental grass turns a warming copper colour in winter, giving your garden a whole new look for the season.
Skimmias are well known for their bright red winter berries, adding seasonal colour to your garden, containers or doorstep! With evergreen foliage and flower buds that turn to fragrant dainty white flowers in the spring, they are also one of the best plants for year-round interest.
One of the most useful plants for your garden is Cotoneaster. The small low growing varieties are great at supressing weeds. Plus, their winter berries and spring flowers are beneficial to birds and pollinators.
- Senecio ‘Angel Wings’
Angel Wings are the perfect plant for a sensory garden! Their large, soft leaves are too tempting to stroke, and their classic silver colour is ideal for adding contrast to any planting scheme.
Cornus is a deciduous shrub, and when it loses its leaves in autumn, its stunning, fiery red stems are uncovered. This simple process creates one of the most dramatic winter garden looks.
Snowdrops are a winter garden essential. Perfect for creating that English cottage garden look, we suggest planting in bulk for a showy display of these delicate white blooms from January to March.
For vibrant, block colour, you can’t beat Primroses at this time of year! There’s hundreds of varieties and colours available. From the traditional hardy variety of ‘Everlast’, to the more unusual stripy ‘Zebra Blue’, there’s a Prim for every garden! Why not mix your favourites together in a planter for a bold, eye catching display?
- Himalayan Birch
Himalayan Birch is a gorgeous tree with striking white bark that shimmers in the winter sun. This stunning tree trunk makes a great feature on its own, even without its leaves. It creates bright contrast to surrounding winter greenery.
- Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’
For interesting, colourful foliage, Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’, also known as Japanese Laurel, is a must! Covered in attractive dark green leaves speckled with lime green spots, and accompanied by beautiful, pearlescent red berries in winter, provide this shrub with an unusual twist on classic winter foliage.