A List of Plants That Flower in the Winter

As the climate and soil temperatures drop, winter-loving plants and flowers emerge to light up the landscape. Providing much needed color to a dull winter garden, winter-blooming flowers are hardy, frost-tolerant plants that thrive in cool temperatures. Many winter-loving plants are also evergreen, meaning they retain their foliage and color all year long, including winter, when most other plants die down. Tucked into a perennial bed, winter plants provide much needed boost to a winter landscape.


Camellia (Camellia japonica) is an evergreen plant with a slow to moderate growth rate that blooms throughout winter. Growing 8 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide, camellia shrubs have an upright, dense form that is pyramidal in shape. The double to semi-double flowers of the camellia shrub grows in a wide range of colors including, red, pink and white. Some camellia shrubs have variegated blooms with more than one color combined to create a striking bloom. The leather-like, dark green and glossy leaves of the camellia grow 2 to 4 inches long and remain vibrant all winter long. Camellia shrubs require partial shade and well-drained soil that in nutrient-laden. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 7 to 9.


Hellebore (Helleborus --- hybridus cvs.) is a winter-blooming flower with a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, hellebore blooms have showy flowers that grow in a wide range of colors including, white, purple, yellow, green and pink. Frost-tolerant, hellebore flowers thrive in the cool soil temperatures of winter. Tucked along a flowerbed or border, hellebore flowers are a cheery burst of color to the garden. Hellebores have dark green, leather-like leaves that keep their color throughout the winter. With their ability to bloom when the climate is well below the freezing mark, hellebores are a an ideal flower for a winter garden. Hellebore flowers prefer part to full shade and well-drained soils that are nutrient-rich. The zone for planting is 4 to 9.

Giant Snowdrop

The appearance of the giant snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii) is a sign that spring is near. Growing less than 6 inches tall and wide, the giant snowdrop is a winter-blooming bulb that appears in late winter to provide a burst of low-growing color. Shooting up through a layer of snow, the giant snowdrop blooms appear as if they are nodding over. The white blooms and bright green foliage is a much-needed bit of color to the winter landscape. Tucked along a garden walkway, giant snowdrops flowers can be divided after blooming to grow in other areas of the garden. Giant snowdrops require full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. The zone for planting is 3 to 9.

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