Winter Plants For Winter Gardening

Winter gardening for garden success

Winter gardening is a great way to extend your season, This method is not new but has been around for generations. In this article we will be looking at ten winter garden plants that can survive the cold

and brighten up those chilly days as you enjoy their beauty and charm, so give it a try and venture upon this amazing experience. I promise you will be glad that you did.

Winter garden plant list


Firethorn is a great choice for winter gardening. This plant grows to about 16 feet can survive in moist or dry soils and thrives in partial sun, full sunlight, or shade.

These plants are covered with prickles so install them in a location that has low traffic. Firethorn also produces tiny white flowers. Keep plants nicely prune and give them a balanced fertilizer.



Snowdrops make an excellent choice for winter gardening, snowdrops are bulbs. Make sure that the soil is well cultivated before planting, adding compost is an added bonus.

These plants are hardy and can really bring that WOW to your garden. Plant in masses or clusters is much better than planting individually. This plant grows best in partial shade and loves a good drain soil and can survive on very little water, fertilize moderately.


Holly plants are great to add to your winter wonderland, Hollies love full sunlight slightly acid well drain soil. Protect the roots from frost by mulching with a three-inch layer mulch.

Trees can reach upwards to 50 feet so give your holly tree plenty of space to grow also feed with a balanced fertilizer.



Heathers are very beautiful and can really add some color to your winter garden. The care of heathers is simple, heathers grow to about 3 feet, a soil PH of 6.5 is great, using organic soil will work wonders for you.

Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Install heathers in a location that gets full sunlight. Applying organic fertilizers will go a long way in keeping your heather plants happy and healthy.

Winter jasmine

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Want to get your winter off to a great start planting winter jasmine is the ideal plant. Winter jasmine has a beautiful fragrant that will brighten your winter days.

And organic soil is excellent. keep the soil moist but in the winter months allow the soil to dry between watering, Mulch jasmine to protect roots from winter frost. Install Jasmine in a sunny location.

A rule of thumb is to bring potted jasmine indoors before the first frost as added protection.



Camellias are an added benefit to your winter garden. This beautiful flowering plant grows to about 6-15 feet. Camellias grow best in an organic-rich well drain soil.

Camellias love an acidic soil of 6.5-6.6 and grow well in partially shaded areas, install plants 3-6 feet from the house. Water moderately but don’t let the soil dry out completely.

Fertilize with an acidic fertilizer. Mulch around the base of the plant, keep mulch at least 12 inches from the trunk.

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Red twig dogwood is a great choice as the snow falls creating a winter wonder world. The flowers of dogwood are either white, red, or pink. Give your plant plenty of room to grow because dogwood can reach a height of 15-30 feet with the same diameter.

And organic-rich soil that is slightly acid and is well-drained soil, create a mound in the middle of the planting hole, the mound should be tall enough to bring the top of the root ball slightly above the soil level that will help with drainage.

Keep plant nicely trimmed by pruning dead stems. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer and mulch around the trunk with a 3-inch layer of mulch. Keep mulch from coming in contact with the trunk of a dogwood tree.


Honeysuckle loves full sunlight, the flower produces a fragrance that attracts wildlife. Water moderately and organic well-drained soil is good. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer. These plants are very showy and can really give your winter garden the colors it needs. So give honeysuckle a try and brighten up your winter wonderland with these beautiful flowering plants and enjoy them all winter long.


Hellebores are very exotic plants that prefer partial shade and loves an organic soil that is moist even though it is good to let plants dry out between watering because if plants are allowed to sit in water they will get root rot when this happens plants may die if corrective measures are not taken immediately. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer, the flower of this plant is showy and can bring that WOW into your winter garden.

Rosebud Cherry

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Rosebud cherry Loves the full sun and can grow to a height of 15-35 feet so give room for this plant to grow and organic soil is ideal, water moderately, very beautiful flowers. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer.

Winter plants for winter gardening

The final word

Winter gardening is a great way to extend the season and brighten up your winter wonderland so invest in this type of garden and enjoy the wonders these gardens bring. who says you can’t garden year-round, winter gardens are amazing, trust me you will love them.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

6 thoughts on “Winter Plants For Winter Gardening”

  1. Hello
    Thank you for sharing this article. With winter being such a drab season these plants would definitely add some life to any garden. They are all so beautiful and thank you for adding the suggestions about the soil and whether they like shade or not, I find that very useful.

    • Hello angie so happy that I could help, these plants can really brighten up ones winter. I am so happy that I could help. Have a good day.

  2. Wow, so many great choices for a winter garden! I do have one question. I live in Florida, so it really does not get that cold here. Will all of these plants you listed, still work great for a Florida winter? I would love to make my front garden look beautiful, so as people pass and as I look at my house, I can see an array of colors 🙂

  3. Ohhhhh…thank you for this post. I have been thinking about how much I will miss the flowers that leave at the end of spring and summer. Your post has inspired me to find some good potted winter plants for around my house. I notice that you recommend organic soil for some of the plants. Do you think this is generally the best type of soil to use?

    • Hello Randene it is  so good to meet you, I am so happy that I could help. Organics soils are truly amazing because of what the can do. For ex. Organic soils help to hold moisture, is good for drainage and do provide some plant nutrients. Hope this helps, please let me know how your garden project goes. All the best to you and have a good day.


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