5 favourite plants for winter colour

Winter makes me think of the ‘takedown’; chopping back perennials, pruning large shrubs (that may be affected by strong winds) and hedge trimming.

I forget that there are actually plants still growing and visible; I should look up from what I am doing more often and appreciate them.

Here are 5 plants that I enjoyed last winter for their bright colour and enthusiasm!

  1. Clematis cirrhosa ‘Jingle Bells’
  2. Edgeworthia chrysantha
  3. Cornus alba (such a classic, had to be listed)
  4. Arbutus unedo
  5. Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (not a favourite for pruning, bit spiky!)


These plants are moderately easy to maintain and need to be pruned once a year. They can be planted in most soil types however Edgeworthia prefers fertile, well drained soil so may be harder to grow in clay soils without thourough preparation.

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