It’s perfect for planting beneath trees or naturalising in grass. RHS H5. This pretty plant is a deciduous perennial that grows in zones 6-10. Plant tubers 3-5cm (1-2in) deep in humus-rich, well-drained soil in shade. Height 30-45cm.Origin Greece.Conditions Well-drained soil; sun in preferably a sheltered spot.Hardiness RHS H5, USDA 7a-9b.Season of interest Evergreen clump flowering winter through spring. Winter flowering plants: the best winter flowers to grow. The camelia or camelia japonica is almost synonymous with the cold winter season. Purely in terms of scent the best species of late winter flowering daphnes are Daphne bholua and Daphne odora. With its bright-yellow flowers that are borne in dense, plume-like panicles on the ends of elegantly arching stems, this looks like a firework firing off in several directions. Plant experts Keith Wiley, Tom Brown, John Hoyland, Andy McIndoe and Fleur van Zonnerfeld have all chosen the winter flowers they particularly love and which winter flowering plants you should be making space for over the season. Strong winds are this winter flowering plant’s main enemy so it is best positioned in a sheltered, semi-shady spot. They have large, striking flowers, larger than those of violas, and heart-shaped leaves. Early Winter Flowering Plants; Winter Gardening. Cut back after flowering to keep it to the desired size, and mulch in early spring. Height 2m.Origin Garden origin (both parents are Himalayan).Conditions Fertile, well-drained soil; sun or part shade.Hardiness RHS H4, USDA 7a-8b.Season of interest Evergreen shrub flowering late winter to early spring. Best winter-flowering plants: pansies Pansies, Viola x wittrockiana, are low-growing, bushy perennials that are usually grown as annual bedding plants. Snowdrops are the first bulbs of the year to flower, heralding the end of winter. Another deciduous shrub, winter honeysuckle tends to fade into the background for most of the year, then in the middle of winter suddenly produces clusters of delicate creamy white flowers with a heady fragrance often more noticeable a few feet away from the plant. Height 15-20cm in flower.Origin Turkey.Conditions Well-drained soil; sun or shade.Hardiness RHS H6, USDA 5a-8b.Season of interest Late winter to early spring. It will not shout out its presence from its lowly stature, but grow it with the smaller snowdrops, early species crocus and Iris reticulata and a jewel-like tapestry will emerge. It bears large, round, white flat-faced flowers above low-growing mounds of leathery, deep green foliage. Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Chosen by Tom Brown. Winter-flowering plants are perfect for adding a splash of colour to the garden in the coldest, darkest months. Height 15cm.Origin Thought to come from the Isle of Gigha off the coast of Scotland.Conditions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun to part shade.Hardiness RHS H7, USDA 3a-9b.Season of interest Late winter to spring. Has proved hardy here at Wildside, which is similar to much of southern England. Does need small companions, I grow it with low-growing, early grape hyacinths and some of the smaller snowdrops. These are sometimes followed by dull-red berries. It’s perfect for growing at the base of small shrubs and trees, and naturalising in grass. Chosen by Keith Wiley. Hellebores are one of the best flowering plants for winter gardens, with their beautiful nodding flowers, in shades of pink, reds, white and purple, standing out against the dark green leaves. Planted in the ground, heathers will gradually spread, inhibiting weeds as they go. Sarcococca does best in shade, and once established will even cope with dry shade. Origin Brazil. Hardiness RHS H3. It is a good filler for the front edge of the border, where the fresh green of its fine leaves and pretty little flowers merge well with the winter colour palette, but it is sensitive to frost, so perhaps better grown in a pot so you can more easily bring it inside when temperatures drop over winter. However, it is not at all hardy so when temperatures fall below 10°C, you’ll need to bring it inside and place it in the greenhouse or in a cool room. Watering these plants with rainwater would be ideal. Please read our, Alan’s favourite plants for winter colour, Christmas Wreaths, Garlands and other Living Decorations. We are here for you. This evergreen shrub thrives even in winter when few plants do, giving life to a bare garden. It offers an abundance of short, hairy, reddish-brown flowers with a hint of orange held on very long, narrow, unbranched flower stems. If you're used to buying our magazine from the shops, you can now order and receive the next issue delivered to your home, The gardener taking grow-your-own to a new level at RHS Hyde Hall, Six houses for sale with beautiful gardens, Boutonniere: how to make buttonhole flowers, Latin plant names: learn about the plant naming conventions. Winter container plants: Winter-flowering heather. Amaryllis come in a variety of colors including red, white, pink and salmon. AGM. Chosen by John Hoyland, Salvia confertiflora flowers until the beginning of the winter, although it’s not hardy so you’ll need to bring it inside by December. Plant them with complementary foliage such as ivy, and flowers of a similar colour palette to enhance the display when in bloom. Perennials and shrubs should be planted before the first frost comes, but if you’re looking to plant hardy annuals you can plant these for a significant stretch of the winter. The first winter flowering Clematis cirrhosa cultivar to start flowering, in the autumn. Whether you’re looking for big shrubs or tiny bulbs, here are a few winter flowering plants to suit every garden. Season of interest Summer to winter. 1 Archipelago, Lyon Way, Given a spell of good weather this species is a joy – a little like a refined Erythronium dens-canis but with superb mottled leaves and yellow, rather than blue, anthers. Above these leaves, hairy and fleshy stems bend under the weight of long bunches of large, pinkish-white and red hairy flowers that bloom from July through to early December. It is easy to grow and quite trouble free. Winter clematis, Clematis cirrhosa, is a perennial climber with glossy, evergreen foliage. You can also get bicolor amaryllis. AGM. Buy the four tree collection for £27.99 or buy in pairs for £14.99. Chosen by Keith Wiley. They’re fantastic for small gardens, with various types perfect for different situations, such as in window boxes, large containers, mixed borders, areas of dry shade and gravel gardens. Height 2.5-4m.Origin Garden origin (species from Japan).Conditions Moisture-retentive, acidic, fertile and free-draining soil; partial shade.Hardiness RHS H4, USDA 8a-9b.Season of interest Autumn and winter. It’s perfect for growing at the front of a partially shaded border. Named after Henrik Zetterlund, of Gothenburg Botanical Garden, who has done so much to bring this genus to the attention of gardeners. It can self-seed but it hasn’t done so with me. Hardiness RHS H1C, USDA 10a-11. Winter-Flowering Heather (Calluna Vulgaris) Found naturally in moorland, Winter-Flowering Heather is great in pots or bedding, can live for several years and will add pinks, purples and whites to … The plant is a trailing, viny shrub that grows from a central crown. Helleborus lividus, which can flower from December until April, is more of a challenge to grow but has exquisite, marbled foliage that makes an attractive contribution to this more robust group of hybrids. Witch hazels prefer a fertile, neutral or acidic soil in sun or part shade. But placed in an orangery, this salvia just keeps on flowering. In effect a pure-white primrose with a yellow eye that will flower for months giving pools of white in the woodland garden over winter.