5 Plants To Add Color To Your Winter Garden

When most people think about plants that add color to the garden in winter, the first thing that comes to mind is likely flowering Annuals. While Annuals are a good option, many other plants can provide winter interest in your garden. 

Here are five plants to consider adding this winter. Each of these plants has its own unique characteristics and adds beauty to the garden during the colder months.

So if you’re looking for something new to add some color to your garden this winter, be sure to give these plants a try!

So many trees and shrubs add beauty to the garden in winter. Some of these great plants include: Holly, Ivy, Mahonia , Pieris, Wisteria, and Camellias. Many of these plants provide a wintry feel to the garden or landscape with their evergreen foliage or flowers that remain on them throughout the winter months. Many others will display some wonderful fall color before losing their leaves for winter.

There is certainly something here for everyone!

If you’re looking for Winter Annuals or Perennials, look no further than your local nursery or home improvement store. Flowers are sold by the season so if it’s at your local landscape center chances are they will last the winter in your area.



The flowers of the Kerria have a double appearance with both petals and sepals showing. This plant, also known as the Japanese rose, blooms in yellow or occasionally pink hues during warmer months but will continue producing year after year even if it loses its leaves for the winter months.


Native of South East Asia, camellias produce beautiful waxy flowers that range from white and pink to red and purple depending on the species and cultivar. They can be evergreen or deciduous depending on their environment and may lose their leaves, only to grow new ones when things warm up. Many varieties bloom from early fall to late winter. You could plant several and always have some color throughout the colder months.

Evergreen Azaleas

Like camellias, these are evergreens with fall and winter-blooming flowers that range in color from reds to oranges to yellows and whites. They thrive in zones 5a through 9b along the southern tier of the U.S. where they can be planted outside for year-round color if you like or inside as houseplants.


This evergreen plant grows wild along the Mediterranean regions and North Africa and has been cultivated since ancient times by Romans who loved its unique flower shape and color that changed depending on the temperature: white when it was cool and pink when warm. In the lower south they can be used as annuals outside.


This colorful annual can add life to your garden during any season, but the striking leaf colors and patterns will shine when planted in a garden or container in the winter when other plants have nothing but green. Since they are annuals they need to be replanted from seed each year for continuous color although some stores carry coleus as perennials that will come back for a second bloom cycle after being cut back by frost. Depending where you are in the lower south, Coleus plants will overwinter. At the very least they can add interesting color to your yard until a cold snap kills them off.

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With the winter months quickly approaching, it’s time to get your garden ready for hibernation. If you live in a region that gets cold and snow during these months, then adding some plants to bring color into your home is a great way to beat cabin fever syndrome!

We hope this article has given you some ideas on how you can add more greenery indoors while protecting them from the harsh weather outside.

Blair Witkowski
Author: Blair Witkowski

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