9 Best Winter Plants For Every Yard

December 25, 2017

A well-rounded landscape provides interest for each of the four seasons. With most plants blooming in spring and summer and fall foliage, it's easy to include those within the yard or landscape. But when it comes to winter interest, the selection isn't quite as large. 


Good qualifiers for a winter garden include branching structure, foliage, buds, blooms, berries and bark color.



These evergreen perennials perform best in part to full shade. New flushes of growth begin in late fall into early winter with lovely blooms over late winter to early spring. 


Witch Hazel

This winter flowering shrub is native to eastern North America. It is used in herbal and medicinal products.


Vinca minor

An evergreen groundcover that keeps its dense, semi-glossy foliage throughout the winter months. It's great for large open areas, hillsides for erosion control, as well as ground coverage in landscape settings.


River Birch

A fast growing tree that exhibits beautiful peeling bark that is quite noticeable during the winter months. 

Nandina Domestica

Also called Heavenly Bamboo, this Nandina shrub is a great winter beauty with brilliant red clumps of berries that drape over its evergreen foliage. 

Rosa Rugosa

A shrub rose that is often grown for its rose hips that show over the winter months. It's perfect for hedges.


 Fragrant Honeysuckle

This shrub honeysuckle is often referred to as Winter Honeysuckle, and rightfully so, since little white ever-so-fragrant flowers appear before its foliage in late winter to early spring.

Red Twig Dogwood

This shrub dogwood is called red twig because of the colorful red barked branching.



A deciduous holly shrub. With a male and female shrub, there will be branches full of brilliantly red berries, which are commonly used in holiday arrangements.


Plant several of these in your garden or yard settings to enjoy over the winter months in years to come.

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