Winter Color Shrubs
Imagine a cold winter's day, possibly some snow on the ground too, and your
garden, landscape is aglow with shrub colors and lush flowers.
There are many kinds of shrubs that flower during the winter, there are also
evergreen shrubs that retain their leaves during the winter to add color.
Deciduous shrubs can also add color by showing some of their unique colorful
stems and flowers.
Below are three different lists of suggested winter shrubs, based on;
winter flowering shrubs, 2. winter foliage shrubs, 3.
colorful deciduous shrubs
Winter Flowering Shrubs
Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas)
This shrub has a open spreading habit and
produces a mass of tiny yellow flowers in late winter. Height 3m / 9ft
False castor-oil plant (Fatsia japonica)
An evergreen shrub with thick
stems and few branches. It has brilliant white flowers in early winter. This
shrub does not like to be pruned, just cut out any dead wood in spring. Height
2.4m / 8ft
This broad-leafed evergreen produces male catkins in
winter and last till mid spring. It prefers a sheltered location as a long
severe frost may damage this shrub. Generally they are frost hardy. 4 × 3m / 13 × 10ft
Mahonia (Mahonia japonica)
Produces long sprays of yellow flowers
decorating its evergreen branches from mid winter until early spring. Height
2.4m / 8ft
Mezereon (Daphne mezereum)
This shrub has purple fragrant blooms in late
winter, followed by scarlet berries. Height 0.9m / 3ft
Oleaster (Elaeagnus macropylla)
A silvery evergreen with fragrant flowers
also a silvery color, flowering in the fall.
This is a very versatile evergreen shrub, from early
until late spring it produces lots of clusters of star shaped white flowers. The
rich green foliage is highly aromatic throughout the year, and bright red fruits
are produced in the fall.
Most Viburnum Species, (Viburnum)
Viburnums are evergreen shrubs that
flower from mid winter on to summer. Most have pink buds that open to scented
white flowers that are frost resistant. New growth is bronze colored. Height,
most are 2m / 6ft, but some can reach 3m / 10ft, Viburnums can be easily pruned
Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum
This is a much loved and widely grown
shrub. Winter Jasmine has many small yellow flowers cascading down its green
trailing stems. It is a climbing shrub, so a wall or fence is ideal for it to
grow on. 3m / 10ft
Winter Foliage Shrubs
Previously known as Senecio greyi, the grey
evergreen foliage is quite noticeable during winter. 1.2 × 2m / 4 × 6ft
Will carry bright red berries during wintertime, some hollies
like 'Golden King' are almost thorn free, and the leaves are edged in bright
gold for color variation. To produce berries, the female holly shrub must have a
male holly shrub nearby, either your own or a neighbors.
Colorful Bark, Deciduous Winter Shrubs
Dogwood Species, Cornus
Grow many types of dogwoods for their yellowish
through orange and red stems in the winter, and their white flowers in summer.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis)
Produces yellow flowers, along with its