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.

Published by eleanorowensgardening

Young gardener based in West Sussex.

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