One of the tips to make your garden sparkling in the winter is to make sure that you have flowers that bloom in winter, so-called winter flowers. You have flowering winter plants, shrubs, ground covers that are at their best in the period from November to March.

I have compiled a list for you of 10 types of winter flowering plants. I have something for everyone, a climber, a ground cover, a shrub, in all colors, yellow, purple, white, red, so read along and find out what suits your garden and taste best.

Types of winter flowers and winter flowering plants

Do you want a yellow or red Hamamelis, a white Winter Jasmine, winter violets in a pot on your garden table? Or are you going for a purple Anemone Hepatica? Continue to read all about the most beautiful winter flowers.


Helleborus, the ultimate winter flower

The Helleborus, also called Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) or hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) is an evergreen plant. It is a very popular strong plant because of its winter flowers. There are different types of Helleborus in the colors purple, pink, yellow, white, or mixed. The species flowers from January to sometimes well into April.

The leaves are decorative and remain beautiful all year round. They like a sunny spot in the garden and grow to a height of 40 to 60 centimeters. These flowers protect themselves from frost by pumping moisture out of the flowers, leaves, and roots so that they cannot freeze. The flowers can hang a bit, but as soon as the weather gets warmer, they will look radiant again.

Winter violas

Winter violas are strong flowers that can survive all winter. They bring color to your garden from autumn to winter. Winter violas are suitable for pots or containers, but you can also plant them directly in your garden. If you put them in a pot or container, make sure there are drainage holes present. You can choose between small-flowered and large-flowered violas.

The winter violas are available in almost all colors, white, yellow, shades of blue, as well as red, orange, pink, purple, and brown. They grow to about 10 centimeters high and like a place in the sun. Cut out the dead flowers to enjoy the flowering longer.


Witch hazel, winter flowering plant

The Hamamelis is a beautiful winter flowering plant and a fragrant shrub. In January, witch hazel will bloom in yellow, orange, or red. It is a large shrub that needs space in your garden, it can grow up to 4 meters high. He prefers a place in the sun.

The winter flowers will stand out especially against a dark background. Witch hazel blooms in the period from January to March, after that the leaves grow again. In autumn the plant loses its dark green hairy leaves.

Winter jasmine, with white or yellow winter flowers

This Jasminum Nudiflorum is an evergreen climbing plant. The plant decorates your fence, wall, or other ugly view and gives your garden a romantic look. Especially when it blooms with white or yellow star-shaped flowers. The climbing plant flowers from December to February. You can plant this wonderfully scented plant in both sunny and shady places in your garden. The adult height is about 3 meters.


Mahonia, evergreen shrub

Mahonia is an evergreen shrub that grows between 50 and 150 centimeters high. Yellow flowers appear on the bush in early spring. After flowering, the shrub forms blue-black berries. The pulp of the berries is edible, but the kernel is poisonous, as are the roots of the plant. Mahonia has spiky green foliage and is often used in public green spaces. The location is preferably shade or partial shade.

Winter heather, winter flowers from February to April

Winter heather is known by the Latin name Erica carnea. This plant grows to about 10 to 25 centimeters high. The bloom color is white or pink and the flowering time is from February to April. The plant likes a sunny spot and is green all winter long.

There are more than 800 types of heather. The 2 main types are Erica carnea, snow heather, and Erica x darleyensis heather. They are also suitable to be planted in pots, baskets, or containers.


Viburnum is a shrub, known under name Snowball. Many varieties are popular because of the beautiful umbel-shaped flowers that have a wonderful scent and bloom in winter. There are evergreen and deciduous varieties. The Snowball blooms from January to May. The berries appear in late summer or fall and are eaten by birds and insects.

The shrub likes a spot in the sun, somewhat sheltered from the wind. The varieties Viburnum x bodnantense “Dawn” and “Deben” both bloom from November to March with strongly scented pink flowers. These are not evergreen shrubs, so the leaves will grow back after flowering.


Camellia, also called the Japanese rose, is a plant with an exotic appearance. It is an evergreen and long-flowering small tree or shrub. There are 80 different varieties available in the colors white, pink, purple, and red. It is originally a forest plant and prefers acidic soil.

Camellia grows slowly, so pruning will not be necessary anytime soon. Not all varieties are equally winter-hardy, keep that in mind when you purchase this beautiful winter flowering plant. Camellia prefers a sheltered location, but not in the morning sun, this is not good for the flower bud. Many varieties bloom from February to May.

Anemone Hepatica

Anemone Hepatica

The liver flower owes its name to the shape of its leaf. The plant grows to a maximum height of 25 centimeters and is usually purple. Rare varieties have white or pink flowers. Flowering is in March and April.

What is special about this plant is that they close the flowers at night, but also when it rains. The liver flower prefers a spot in the shade or partial shade. They can therefore be used perfectly as undergrowth. Sometimes you have to be patient before your Hepatica flowers. It can take over a year for this plant to really settle in.

Skimmia, popular winter flowers

Skimmia is a very popular plant, there is something to experience every season. At the end of the summer, the plant forms the first buds and berries. In winter, the glossy green leaves continue to make the plant look beautiful. And it is not until spring that the buds bloom with white flowers that spread a wonderful scent.

There are also varieties that bloom yellow and thus have yellowish buds. There are two known species, Skimmia japonica, and Skimmia reevesiana. The plant does not make many demands on soil type. In terms of location, the Skimmia prefers not to be in the sun all day.