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The best plants to give your winter garden a splash of colour

Most people give up on their garden come October time as the leaves fall off the trees and most of the plants that they have tended over the past 6 months begin to wither. However, they don’t consider the potential of their winter flower patches. Many plants can give your garden a great look in the winter months, keeping the green look alive, and setting your garden up for huge spring flowering as the heat begins to come back.

The best plants to give your winter garden a splash of colour


The wallflower is one of the most traditional winter plants with many loving its fragrant bloom come springtime. Like most bedding plants there are a huge variety of colours with completely different scents and aesthetics to choose from. It is a flower suited for every environment and brings a versatile look to any flower bed.


Pansies are one of the most versatile plants that can be planted in a winter garden, providing the base of many people’s winter gardens. They are one of the most colourful flowers available through the winter months. Most plants simply stay green throughout winter waiting for spring to blossom, however, pansies can provide a vibrant and colourful display throughout any winter flower display. As well as being versatile in their ability to exist in many different areas, they are also available in a huge variety of colours including purples, blues, reds, and oranges.

Japanese quince

Larger and woodier than the other plants and slightly less adaptable, the Japanese quince is a sturdy bush plant which can grow quite large over the winter to fill a good-sized pot on your patio or in your garden. During the winter months and going into spring it flowers with bright red cupped flowers covering the bare branches with a welcome splash of colour.


Bellis aren’t going to flower for the winter like pansies, however, they do have a very lush thick base providing real body to your bed or window pot. Come spring however they start to flower and stay open throughout the entirety of spring. Certain strains can give a huge and bright bush of pink domed flowers with splashes of white. These flowers are durable and represent great value as they are able to give your flower bed real body and vibrancy for many months.

The best plants to give your winter garden a splash of colour

Photo Credit: Jakub Jacobsky

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  • Reply Leona

    I always wonder about colour in winter. These plants are new to me so going to have a look

    14th October 2017 at 8:59 PM
  • Reply Anosa

    I seem to have the death touch when it comes to the garden but I do love wallflowers they always look lovely.

    14th October 2017 at 9:03 PM
  • Reply Kara

    We have pansies in ours although they are starting to look a bit sad as we have a pine tree at the back of our garden which is dropping all its needles

    15th October 2017 at 12:17 PM
  • Reply five little doves

    Pansies are my absolute favourite, they remind me of being younger as my parents garden was, and still is, filled with them!

    15th October 2017 at 3:15 PM
  • Reply Laura

    Sucha. lovely post as I love to add a little bit of colour to my garden in the winter but I do struggle as not many bloom this time of the year or thrive so these are some great picks

    Laura x

    18th October 2017 at 12:07 PM
  • Reply Mike Anderson

    Hello Sarah, I am also happy that gardening season is here. It makes me happy to plant flowers. I love your gardening tips. It’s a really helpful blog to me. Thanks for sharing such a nice blog.

    1st November 2017 at 1:04 PM
  • Reply Urwashee Saxena

    Very useful article and as I know you should have mentioned Christmas Rose; The Christmas Rose is one of the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow. Blooming in the longest and darkest months of the year when little else is available, a Christmas Rose will produce large white flowers from late Autumn up until early spring. These little gems are perfect for cottage gardens, alpine gardens and rockeries and woodland gardens.

    26th February 2018 at 12:14 PM
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