Winter Blooming Plants: Growing Winter Flowering Plants And Bushes

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

Most plants are dormant during the winter, resting and gathering energy for the upcoming growing season. This can be a tough time for gardeners, but depending on your growing zone, you may be able to provide sparks of color that will keep the landscape lively until spring. Let’s learn more about winter flowering plants and bushes.

Winter Blooming Plants

In addition to bright blooms in winter or early spring, many evergreen shrubs have foliage that remains green and lovely year round. So what plants bloom in winter? Here are some good choices for blooming winter plants to add in the landscape.

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Christmas rose (Helleborus) – Also known as winter rose, this low-growing hellebore plant produces white, pink-tinted blooms from late December through early spring. (USDA zones 4-8)

Fairy primrose (Primula malacoides) – This primrose plant offers low-growing clusters of flowers in shades of purple, white, pink and red. (USDA zones 8-10)

Mahonia (Mahonia japonica) – Also known as Oregon grape, mahonia is an attractive shrub that produces clusters of sweet-smelling yellow blooms followed by clusters of blue to black berries. (USDA zones 5 through 8)

Winter jasmine (Jasminium nudiflorum) – Winter jasmine is a vining shrub with clusters of waxy, bright yellow flowers in late winter and early spring. (USDA zones 6-10)

Jelena witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) – This shrubby witch hazel plant has clusters of fragrant, copper-orange blooms in winter. (USDA zones 5-8)

Daphne (Daphne odora) – Also known as winter daphne, this plant produces sweet smelling, pale pink flowers appear in late winter and early spring. (USDA zones 7-9)

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles) – Planting flowering quince provides pink, red, white or salmon blooms in late winter and early spring. (USDA zones 4-10)

Hellebore (Helleborus) – Hellebore, or Lenten rose, offers cup-shaped blooms in shades of green, white, pink, purple and red during winter and spring. (USDA zones 4-9)

Luculia (Luculia gratissima) – a fall- and winter-blooming evergreen shrub, Luculia produces masses of large, pink flowers. (USDA zones 8-10)

Winterglow bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia ‘Winterglow’) – An evergreen shrub with clusters of magenta blooms in late winter and early spring, Bergenia plants are easy to grow. (USDA zones 3-9)

Lily of the Valley shrub (Pieris japonica) – This compact evergreen shrub, also known as Japanese andromeda, produces drooping clusters of sweet-smelling pink or white blooms in late winter or early spring. (USDA zones 4-8)

Snowdrops (Galanthus) – This hardy little bulb produces tiny, drooping, white flowers in late winter, often rising above a blanket of snow, hence its snowdrops name. (USDA zones 3-8)

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