Winter Plant Varieties

Scented plants and shrubs with richly colored berries and leaves keep a garden looking alive and interesting during the long winter months.

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wintertime (Gaultheria mucronata)

Needs acidic, preferably peaty soil and likes partial shade, although will fruit best in sun.

Holly

Grows in moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade.

Beauty Berry

Grows best in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

Mahonia japonica

Grows in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil in partial shade, or sun if the soil is moist.

Viburnum x bodnantense

'Dawn' Grows in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis)

Flourishes in sun or semi-shade and moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

Christmas Box (Sarcococca confusa)

Grows in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in deep or partial shade.

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