18 Winter Flowering Shrubs That Look Good In Winter Garden

These Winter Flowering Shrubs can make your monotonous winter garden interesting. You can also grow most of them in containers.

These winter shrubs with their unusual textures, foliage, colors, fragrance, and flowers can beautify your garden. Some even decorate themselves with bright and vibrant berries.

1. Scarlet Firethorn

Botanical Name: Pyracantha coccinea

USDA Zones: 5-9

After flowering from late spring to mid-summer, it bears astonishing orange to scarlet colored edible berries in fall and winter. Depending on the cultivar, it can be evergreen or semi-evergreen. Growing to a height of 6-16 feet tall, this shrubby plant requires minimum care. You can grow them for a more natural look and winter interest.
‘Lalandei,’ ‘Mohave,’ and ‘Yukon Belle’ are some of the best varieties.

2. Wintersweet

Botanical Name: Chimonanthus praecox

USDA Zones: 7-9

The name justifies this shrub because of the sweet fragrance of the blooms that appears in the dormant winter season and early spring. The stems become leafless in winters, but bear start shaped flowers that have outer yellow and inner red purplish petals. The plant can grow up to 10 feet tall and requires a full sun location that is sheltered against the wind.

3. Higan Cherry (Winter Flowering Cherry)

Botanical Name: Prunus subhirtella

USDA Zones: 5-8

This small tree-like shrub can grow up to 6-9 meters (20-30 feet) tall. It blooms in fall, winter, or spring, depending on the climate. Flowers change from deep pink to pale pink with time and look so aesthetic, not only the flowers, but the foliage is also notable with serrated edges. This hardy cherry tree can withstand more cold and heat compared to other cherry trees.

4. Arrowwood ‘Dawn’

Botanical Name: Viburnum x bodnantense

USDA Zones: 5-9

It is a deciduous shrub with uniquely shaped oval leaves. The clustered pink flowers are scented and long-lasting and appear in the winter and early spring. Red, black, or blue-colored berries are followed up by the flowers. It’s perfect for garden borders or pathways because of the ease of planting and small and compact size of around 1.5-2.5 meters (5-8 feet).

Also Read: Succulents that Grow in Shade

5. Witch Hazel

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Botanical Name: Hamamelis virginiana

USDA Zones: 3-9

The name alone is enough to pique up the interest of many gardeners. The yellow blooms of this plant spread an enticing fragrance in the surrounding in winters. Bizzare thin ribbons shape of the flowers also makes it stand out. If that is not enough, this shrub has many medicinal uses as well–treating insect bites, sunburn, and as an aftershave lotion. Check out some of its amazing benefits here!

Also Read: Warm up your home this winter

6. Clematis Jingle Bells

Botanical Name: Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens

USDA Zones: 6-9

It’s an evergreen vining plant which flowers in winter and early springs. The recurved white to yellow petals with freckled red of nodding flowers steal the show in winters. Also, they spread a mildly sweet scent, which is definitely a mood enhancer. Fluffy seedheads follow up the flowers, which compliment the dark green foliage.

7. Paperbush

These Winter Flowering Shrubs can make your monotonous winter garden interesting, you can also grow most of them in containers.

Botanical Name: Edgeworthia chrysantha

USDA Zones: 6-9

Cultivars:  Snow Cream, Gold Rush, and John Bryant

This shrub shows huge clusters of tubular flowers in late winter to spring end and sometimes early summer, which contrasts with the impressive skeleton of stems. Canary colored, fragrant flowers are a treat to watch in the monotonous weather. The bark of this plant is used for making high-quality paper. Interesting, isn’t it?

8. Winter Daphne

Botanical Name: Daphne odora

USDA Zones: 7-9

The late-appearing blooms in late winter and spring spread intoxicating fragrance in the air. Small tubular-shaped clustered flowers adorn the simple dark green foliage. To enjoy the fragrance, place it near a wall, patio, or a deck. It can grow up to four feet tall and wide, an excellent option for container gardeners. There is also a variegated variety Marginata, which has yellow margined leaves.

Also Read: Best Aromatic Flowers in the World

9. Sweet Box

Botanical Name: Sarcococca confusa 

USDA Zones: 6-10

If the glossy evergreen foliage is not enough, there are sweet honey-scented flowers that appear in winter and make this plant nostalgic. The compact structure and low height of around 4-5 feet of this shrub go well will the winter containers. It is also resistant to deer and rabbits.

10. Cold-Hardy Camellias

Botanical Name: Camellia C. oleifera (Hybrids)

USDA Zones: 6-9

Cultivars: Polar Ice, Winter’s charm, Snow Flurry, Winter’s Hope, Winter’s Rose and Winter’s Star

The beauty of magnificent blooming camellias is unparalleled. The blooms start to appear in the fall and last till the spring. Camellias were not much cold-tolerant earlier, but with the new hybrid varieties, they can tolerate low temperatures with success. Here is the list of some cold hardy camellias.

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11. Siberian Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

USDA Zones: 6-9

Cultivars: Red Osier Dogwood, flowering dogwood, Kousa dogwood, pagoda dogwood, cornelian cherry dogwood, mountain dogwood, giant dogwood, midwinter fire dogwood

The amazing shrub for winter interest looks spectacular when it sheds all the leaves in the fall. Before falling, the foliage leaves us amazed with a glorious autumn shade. The stems turn to bright crimson color in winter, making it look beautiful in the backdrop of snow.

12. Honeysuckle ‘Winter Beauty’

Botanical Name: Lonicera x purpusi

USDA Zones: 5-9

It’s a deciduous shrub or climber with a bush-like growing habit. Intensely scented flowers that appear in mid-winter and continue till mid-spring are mood lifter because of the sweet aroma. Occasionally the creamy white flowers are succeeded by exotic red berries. You’ll also be providing a nectar source to bumblebees by planting them.

13. Mahonia Winter Sun

shrubs that look good in winter

Botanical Name: Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’

USDA Zones: 7-9

In the dull, dead winters, the bright yellow blooms of this evergreen shrub look very cheerful. The upright prickly foliage that changes color with seasons enhances the ornamental quality of this plant. For an impressive effect, add them to the winter garden borders. It’s a winter-hardy shrub and can tolerate really low temperatures.

Also Read: Best Containers Shrubs

14. Winter Jasmine

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Botanical Name: Jasminum nudiflorum

USDA Zones: 6-9

It stands out from other rivalry winter-blooming plants. Masses of bright yellow flowers appear on the slender branches from late winters to early spring. Most commonly, it’s grown as a wall shrub. As it makes a beautiful cut flower, you can brighten up the indoor space with it as well!

15. Winter Heath

Botanical Name: Erica carnea

USDA Zones: 5-7

This beautiful small shrub makes an excellent ground cover. It’s short and stout and grows only to about 6-12 inches. In the blooming season, it blooms so extensively that it covers the foliage. From a distance, it looks as if the ground is covered up by pink and purple colored carpet. Bees love the sweet nectar of the flowers!


Other Plants for Winter Interest

16. Sky Pencil Holly

Botanical Name: Ilex crenata

USDA Zones: 5-8

Standing tall and upright, the sight of sky pencil holly is intimidating. It can grow between 3-5 meters (10-15 feet) tall but appears taller as it can’t grow wide. Use it in a mass planting, hedges, or grow them in series in containers at the entrance, and they’ll make up for the absence of sentries.

17. Winter Aconite

Botanical Name: Eranthis hyemalis

USDA Zones: 4-9

In our list of winter shrubs, winter aconite is an exception–this small perennial ground cover plant grows to about 10 cm in height. The bright yellow flowers add a golden glow to the garden when planted in numbers. It can tolerate slight frost and cold but won’t do well in extreme weather. You can plant these plants in mass with ‘snowdrops’ or ‘Persian violet’ as they compliment each other.

18. Winterberry

Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata

USDA Zones: 3-9

Brighten up your winter landscape with the stunning berry display of this plant. Commonly known as deciduous holly, the bright red berries with the glossy green foliage of this plant are eye-catchy. This deciduous shrub can reach a height of 6-15 feet and a spread of 8-12 feet. The red berries will only be produced if both male and female plants are in the vicinity.


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These Winter Flowering Shrubs can make your monotonous winter garden interesting, you can also grow most of them in containers.



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